Creating an Outdoor Room

Create an Outdoor Room for Your Home

The outdoor room should contain all the elements of an indoor room: Floors, walls and ceiling.

Design Principles to Create Interest and Drama

Floors can be a deck, concrete or brick pavers, stepping stones, compacted gravel or even grass.  Soften up the hard surfaces with a rug.

Evergreens, shrubs, a fence or trellis define the boundary or walls of the outdoor room. Vertical elements can be used to frame your view, leading your eye to a focal point in the garden. Likewise, they can also obscure an unwanted view, like the back of a neighbor’s garage, and add privacy. These vertical elements also make a small space feel larger by drawing your eye up, emphasizing the height. They can also make a large space feel more intimate by interrupting your line of sight. Whether you wish to frame a focal point, screen a view or create a sense of seclusion, incorporating these design principles into your plan will help you achieve your goals and create interest and drama.

Overhead structures such as a pergola, arbor or the canopy of trees become the ceiling.

Select the Right Furniture

Once the room is defined, select the right furniture for the room’s function:  Dining, entertaining or just relaxing.  You might even need a combination of all three types, depending on how you’ll use the space.

Finally, be sure to accessorize.  Add container gardens filled with plants and flowers. Consider a fountain for the relaxing sound of water.  Add a statue, candles or torches, or even bird houses or feeders to attract wildlife.

The Perfect Outdoor Space

Whatever your style, English Gardens stores carry a complete selection of outdoor furniture and accessories for your perfect outdoor space. Or let our professional landscape designers create your outdoor room, from design to installation.