5 Inspiring Outdoor Rooms Just in Time for Memorial Day

Welcome, summer! We’re glad you’re here! Enjoy the season’s lazy days and long evenings in an outdoor room. Here are five inspiring ideas for creating the perfect backyard party space.

Outdoor room with red furniture
An all-weather rug and four-top in bright red bring the fun.
Photo: Home Depot

When we saw this photo, our first response was, “That’s adorable!” This colorful dining spot is within reach of just about every budget — a definite plus when planning your outdoor living space. All it took was a colorful table and chairs, an outdoor rug, a bar cart, and a grill.

Outdoor room with gray furniture and star lantern
Light gray is the spotlight in this sophisticated outdoor room.
Photo: House Beautiful

Just like indoor rooms, an outdoor room’s story is told in the decorative details. In this Los Angeles limestone-tile veranda, a garden bench and star pendant light add a rustic sense of luxury. What are your favorite ways to bring the style?

Outdoor dining area with long table, bench and stumps for seats
Take advantage of trees for shade and seating.
Photo: Decoholic

Nobody incorporates nature into an outdoor room better than Australian designer and environmentalist Jamie Durie. When designing your room, take a leaf from Jamie’s book: Use existing trees as part of the design or recycle branches or stumps for seating, as he did in this welcoming outdoor dining room.

Front porch with antique swing
The table plays beautifully off the cozy green-and-white throw.
Photo: Country Living

Nothing says summer more than porch swing. Hang it from a porch, pergola or even from a hefty tree branch, and get ready to swing the days away, cold drink in hand. Bonus points if you can find an antique wicker swing like the one shown here.

Don’t forget the lighting. Whether you use in-ground solar lights, suspend candelabras from the trees or string party lights as in this backyard party area, the proper illumination will keep the party going all night long.

So ring in summer your favorite way — with a backyard bash for 20 or on the porch swing solo, book at your side. No matter how you like it, this is the year to create the outdoor room you’ve always wanted.

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