5 Design Ideas to Make Your Outdoor Living Space Truly Yours — Part Two

Create an outdoor living space that has character and that the whole family can enjoy, like this whimsical backyard space with permeable pavers, cornhole patch, outdoor grill and gazebo. The Winslow plan by Maracay Homes at The Cove at Center Pointe Vistoso in Oro Valley, Ariz.

Create an outdoor living space that has character and that the whole family can enjoy, like this whimsical backyard space with permeable pavers, cornhole patch, outdoor grill and gazebo. The Winslow plan by Maracay Homes at The Cove at Center Pointe Vistoso in Oro Valley, Ariz.

In the design world, consensus is hard to find, because creativity tends to be so subjective.

But the panel discussion “60 Design Ideas in 60 Minutes” at the 2017 NAHB International Builders Show was evidence that exterior design is having a moment: industry leaders from diverse backgrounds agree on the fundamentals of shaping an outdoor living environment.

We recently provided you with five exciting outdoor design ideas in Part One of this article, but one article wasn’t enough. Here are five more ideas for elevating your outdoor living space.

5 More Ways to Personalize Your Outdoor Living Space

1. Creative Use of Color

Color blocking or the use of two or three contrasting blocks of color to create bold focal points is another great way to enhance the look and feel of an outdoor area. It’s very effective at breaking up dull exteriors and works well to liven up outdated siding or other home exteriors. In addition to using paint on features like accent walls, color can come in the form of potted plants, hanging artwork, screens or trellises, bright patio furniture or even curtains that serve as a backdrop for more muted patio sets.

“We’re seeing a real, intentional use of color, not just in homes, but in neighborhoods and entire communities,” notes Rick Overby, owner of Stella Color + Design in Denver, Colo.

Steve James, a community designer from Boulder, Colo., agrees: “We’re having fabulous times with color. It’s fun and it’s a way to bring urban touches to suburban areas.”

2. Authenticity and Character

Over and over, the panelists agreed that designs and trends should reflect the character of the home. Homeowners want their homes to be authentic and true to their design, but also to have character. When applied outdoors, authenticity and character can be achieved through landscaping and hardscaping and by choosing outdoor furnishings that are in line with the character or style of the home — this goes back to that seamless blending of indoor and outdoor function and design.

3. New Outdoor Fabrics

One thing we love about all of this interest in bringing the indoors out is the products geared specifically for that desire. Today’s outdoor fabrics are fade-resistant, waterproof and available in colors that range from bold and beautiful to artistic and understated. It’s easier than ever to carry your home’s interior design theme outdoors — and leave it there year-round.

4. Take Tech Outdoors

Wi-Fi and cellular use coupled with advances in media entertainment and mobile devices have made tech more accessible outside the home than ever. Outdoor home theatres are certainly an option, but you can also play music and games and connect with friends remotely all from the comfort of your pool or lounge chair. Best of all, Wi-Fi means you won’t need to rewire the house to bring high-tech entertainment outside. Solar-powered speakers and lighting can enhance the experience and won’t require a remodel to do so.

5. A Place for Everyone

Your outdoor living space can’t be truly yours unless it works for everyone in the household. When designing or redesigning a space, it’s important to consider how your family will use it. Do you need active play space? Room for the dog? A kitchen garden? Consider the short- and long-term needs of the household and undertake a design that accommodates those needs. It’s much less about fitting in to a certain neighborhood look and more about fitting your family into the space.

As Eric Brown of Artisan Homes Realty in Paradise Valley, Ariz., says, “Push yourself to do something different. Get with experts and see what else you can do.”

While professionals flock to major industry events like the annual NAHB International Builders Show, many of our readers can’t take time away to attend.

That’s why NewHomeSource brings you the most helpful, fresh observations: we want you to access to the best ideas for making your new home the private haven you’ve been dreaming of. For more great outdoor living design ideas, read Part One of this article:

And if you’re ready to get started on building your dream home, visit NewHomeSource for the most up-to-date list of newly built homes in your area.
Sarah Ristorcelli is a freelance writer and editor for leading print and online publications. Formerly editor in chief of Garden Design, she has also written and edited for Cottage Living, Modern magazine and Orlando Arts. You can find her on Google+.

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