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Backyard Outdoor Living Space Ideas: 5 Features You Shouldn’t Leave Out

by | Mar 5, 2024 | Blog

Create that custom outdoor living room you’ve always imagined—call (805) 973-0257 to learn more!

Who doesn’t want a welcoming and comfortable outdoor area? As the design trends confirm, there’s no more effective way to achieve this than by taking your everyday amenities outdoors!

Van Nuys Awning Co.® has years of experience creating custom sunlight canopy designs and much more, so the team knows superb outdoor living spaces and how to create them. Below are a few simple yet effective backyard outdoor living space ideas you might like to try.

#1 Cozy Outdoor Furniture

Having comfortable furniture in outdoor living spaces creates excellent spaces for entertaining and relaxing. From rustic furniture sets to modern conversation starters, you have a wide range of furniture options to explore. 

It doesn’t have to meet only your functional needs, as the right style can easily create the perfect focal point for your landscape.

#2 Easy Indoor Access 

Is your outdoor space easily accessible to indoor areas that you commonly use? 

When designing your patio or deck, it’s best to locate it in a lived-in area, like off the main bedroom or living room. 

#3 A Lot of Light

One outdoor living space idea you can’t ignore is adequate lighting. It’s an excellent way to highlight your home’s architectural elements, but you can use stylish outdoor string lights to accentuate design elements, create your desired atmosphere, and make your home feel safer.

There’s an array of outdoor lighting options, from lights strung from the deck to your pergola or sconces for privacy fences to pathways illuminated by solar lights. The options are limitless!

#4 Outdoor Fireplace Options

Our list of backyard outdoor living space ideas wouldn’t be complete without mentioning an outdoor kitchen or fireplace. Nothing brings people together like a warm fire and some great conversation.

If you have sufficient square footage in your backyard and your budget allows it, a full-size fireplace would be ideal. If not, customize a fire pit design, but remember to familiarize yourself with your local building codes to ensure compliance. Placement and safety guidelines dictate the details for your outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. 

#5 A Privacy Wall

If you don’t like the prying eyes of neighbors and passersby, consider a privacy wall in your backyard. These practical barriers block out noise and stop people from looking in, but they can also create a tranquil atmosphere for a place in which you want to relax or entertain your guests. 

You have endless options when it comes to decorating your privacy wall, too. Consider:

  • Planter boxes
  • Lighting
  • Artwork
  • Curtains

Reach Out for Custom Canopies and Shade Solutions

Do these backyard outdoor living space ideas spark some inspiration as you plan your perfect outdoor living room? If you want a custom canopy design idea for your outdoor space or need reasons to acquire a canopy, talk to Van Nuys Awning Co.® at (805) 973-0257. We’d be happy to provide a free quote, too!

<a href="" target="_self">Don Powell</a>

Don Powell

Hi, I’m Don Powell! I am the 4th generation of the Powell family that started Van Nuys Awning. I am an IFAI Master Craftsmen, served on the board of the WCPA and now CEO of Van Nuys Awning. I worked my way through Van Nuys Awning learning how to install, design and manufacture awnings for the last 48 years. I handle the sales for most of our large and corporate accounts. I take great pride in our client’s happiness and successful installation and manufacturing to our client’s design. One step I take to maintain our company’s quality and client’s request will align is to personally oversee each project’s work order. Thanks for taking time to view, read, and consider working with Van Nuys Awning.
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