Interior designers and architects are always looking for clever ways to bring the outdoors inside. But bringing the comforts of the indoors to the outside has become a trend in recent years. Designers and manufacturers have developed innovative materials and products that make it easier than ever to make your outside space as stylish and comfortable as your interior.
It's now possible to find comfortable outdoor furniture, a range of colorful, patterned textiles such as rugs and throw pillows, and LED lighting in a range of styles and price points that are designed to withstand the elements and look as suitable indoors as out. This means that you don't have to sacrifice style to create a warm, relaxing, inviting outdoor space.
Check out these well dressed outdoor living rooms that provide bonus space for entertaining or just hanging out with the family in style.
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This Manhattan rooftop living room from NYC-based Manscapers has a wood banquette fitted with padded seating and a ton of throw pillows, a pair of organic coffee tables, and a Moroccan-style rug that makes it feel as comfortable as an indoor space. A large umbrella provides shade, and a row of plantings behind the sectional provides greenery and a sense of intimacy beneath a majestic water tower and the imposing skyline of NYC.
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Add a Mirror
While adding a mirror to an outdoor space might not be your first instinct, it's just the kind of accessory that can make an outdoor space feel decorated and complete. In this comfortable outdoor living room from Marie Flanigan Interiors, a framed mirror leans casually on the chunky wood mantel, giving some relief to the stone fireplace wall, and reflecting light. Well cushioned furniture that looks formal enough to be located indoors, and a wood-clad ceiling add contrast to the stone floors and walls. Potted plants and vases of flowers look perfectly at home in the semi-open outdoor setting.
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You don't need a huge outdoor space to create a cozy outdoor living room fit for afternoon reading or cocktails under the stars. This Mallorca apartment from Fantastic Frank has an ultra-private terrace thanks to high walls and some inexpensive bamboo fencing. A leafy potted plant, rattan furniture with vintage vibes, pale blue and white textiles, and LED string lights turn the space into an urban oasis.
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This outdoor living space from Breeze Giannasio Interiors is set up in the shadow of an outdoor bar. Wood-frame armchairs with thick padding offer a comfortable place to sip a drink, an outdoor fireplace provides a focal point whether or not there is a fire burning, and a framed painting over the mantel makes it feel like an indoor room. A pair of pendant lights define the bar area, and a covered vaulted ceiling with exposed painted white beams keeps the entertainment area sheltered from too much sun or rain.
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This modern pool house living room from Mark Langos Interior Design is part of a spacious outdoor entertaining space that includes a living room with comfortable furnishings, a fireplace, and a wide-screen TV, as well as a cocktail table, and an outdoor kitchen and bar.
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Tall hedges lend this Portland, Oregon outdoor living room from BASE Landscape Architecture a sense of privacy. The architects used a range of stones to build a neutral, chic outdoor living room with a mix of seating, sculptural side tables, and a custom banquette that houses firewood beneath the seating for the stainless steel firepit that adds a warm counterpoint to all the mineral elements.Continue to 8 of 45 below.
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For urban apartment dwellers lucky enough to have a balcony, an outdoor living room can truly function like an additional room. This sleek Copenhagen apartment from Fantastic Frank has a neutral palette on the inside that's carried out onto the balcony, erasing the line between indoors and out.
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This Napa Valley, California vineyard outdoor living and dining room from interior designer Kara Mann has a vaulted roof and open sides that provide a view to the surroundings. Sheer white curtains soften the space and frame the views. The ceilings and walls are painted in a warm shade of beige and hardwood floors are kept natural, contrasted with a pair of modern slipcovered sofas, sculptural stools and end tables to create a timeless look.Continue to 10 of 45 below.
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All Decked Out
This outdoor living room from Anita Yokota is located on a slightly raised back deck. A comfortable sectional with plenty of throw pillows in outdoor-safe fabrics gives it a cozy feel, and a round coffee table adds polish. The warm color of the home siding makes the open space feel cozy, while bright green and orange accents add vibrancy.
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Room With a View
This sleek NYC rooftop living room from New Eco Landscapes is polished and ready to host cocktail hour with its comfortable seating, black tarp for shading, and festively lit brick wall lined with a row of chic black planters. A pair of trees frames the priceless view of the Chrysler Building.
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This outdoor living room from Breeze Giannasio Interiors is located just outside the main living space and is decorated to look like an extension of the house, with a large overstuffed sectional sofa, plenty of throw pillows, Moroccan leather poufs, and a lush canopy of green that provides a refreshing backdrop.
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This outdoor living room from Blanco Bungalow has modern boho style vibes, with a mix of textiles, natural tones, and abundance of accessories. Painted white brick and a few black accents adds a graphic touch.Continue to 14 of 45 below.
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This woodsy outdoor living room from Emily Henderson Design is located on a back deck and surrounded by trees, providing plenty of natural shade and dappled light.Continue to 15 of 45 below.
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This breezy outdoor living room Breeze Giannasio Interiors has stylish seating, pops of cheerful orange, and a quintessential LA city view of palm trees and electrical wires.
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This Brooklyn backyard outdoor living room from Manscapers has chic black painted fencing to provide a calming backdrop that makes all the greenery pop, plus low-slung, deep wood pallet seating that invites lounging and afternoon naps.
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This minimalist Palo Alto patio living room from Cathie Hong Interiors has graphic floor tile, a midcentury-inspired sofa, and sculptural planters and throw pillows.Continue to 19 of 45 below.
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Under the Pergola
A weathered wood pergola outfitted with ample seating in shades of soft white and gray and plenty of planted greenery makes this outdoor living room from New Eco Landscapes feel like an oasis on an open city rooftop that can withstand the elements and the test of time.
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Interior designer Maite Granda used contemporary furniture with an airy open weave and neutral colors in this outdoor living room that has a sophisticated, grown up feel.Continue to 22 of 45 below.
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Long and Narrow
This long and narrow NYC balcony from New Eco Landscapes is transformed into a sophisticated outdoor living room with a firepit and plush sofa seating in vibrant shades of blue. Tall planters add areas of privacy while the glass walls provide views.
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This poolside cabana from Cathie Hong Interiors is just big enough for an oversized sectional that offers a shady place to dry off after a swim.
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In the Zone
This outdoor living room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. is located on a paved stone patch of the lawn, centered around a firepit, and set up to faciliate conversation and togetherness.
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This outdoor living room from interior designer Maite Granda is located on a balcony off the primary bedroom, turning it into a luxury suite for morning coffee or decompressing at the end of a long day.Continue to 26 of 45 below.
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This cozy outdoor living room from Manscapers uses tones of wood and blue and green accents that blend harmoniously with the lush green backdrop, while the large chunky sectional fills the space.
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This covered patio outdoor living room from Marie Flanigan Interiors has quietly elegant upholstered wood-frame furnishings, an outdoor fireplace, and a wall-mounted TV for hot summer movie nights.
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On the Porch
This easygoing back porch living room from Emily Henderson Design is decorated with a matching pair of sofas, a large coffee table, and a vase of branches.
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This homey outdoor living room from Inspired by Charm is accessorized with decorative objects, vintage touches, hanging plants, and string bulb lighting that give it a festive feel.Continue to 30 of 45 below.
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Earthy neutrals, comfortable upholstery, and an organic wood side table make this outdoor living room from Jenn Pablo Studio a great place to relax by the pool.
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If your backyard is covered in astroturf, you can set up an outdoor living room right on top of the artificial grass without worrying about killing the lawn. In this outdoor living room designed by Mallory Wackerman Design for Emily Henderson Design, a patterned outdoor rug anchors the space, and comfortable seating, a few plants, and some strings of Edison bulb lights creates the feeling of a room within the open space.Continue to 32 of 45 below.
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This modern farmhouse outdoor living room from My 100 Year Old Home was made for entertaining and family reunions, flanked by another outdoor seating area as well as an equipped outdoor kitchen and bar.
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Contemporary furniture and a neutral palette gives this raised back patio living room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. a clean modern look.Continue to 34 of 45 below.
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While many people choose matching furniture sets to decorate an outdoor space, this living room from Manscapers chose a more current approach, with a mix of mismatched furnishings and patterned textiles that give the space an effortless, indoor appeal. Generous plantings provide privacy from neighbors and create an urban garden setting.
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This small outdoor living room from Manscapers has oversized poufs that double as seating and coffee tables and an eclectic mix of patterns and colors.
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The living room area in this outdoor space from New Eco Landscapes is defined by a corner sectional located under a large pergola that provides shade and a sense of intimacy while remaining part of the open plan rooftop.
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Bring the Bling
Blogger Ursula Carmona for Home Made By Carmona incorporated bright gold sculptural side tables that add an unexpected touch of bling in this outdoor living room.
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This outdoor living room from Mary Patton Design is set up for all kinds of recreation, with a grilling station, fireplace, wall-mounted TV, and a seating area with comfortable furnishing anchored by a geometric patterned area rug.
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Interior designer and blogger Anita Yokota defined her outdoor living room in a large backyard by installing a pergola, U-shaped seating, and anchoring it with an area rug.
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Upholstered armchairs arranged around a round coffee table and decorated with throw pillows with a bright floral motif bring the comforts of the indoors to this outdoor living room from Design Lines Signature.Continue to 42 of 45 below.
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This spacious outdoor living room from Leclair Decor has wrap-around seating, a central firepit, a large area rug, and an adjustable umbrella to control shade.Continue to 43 of 45 below.
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Acid green accents, upholstered teak seating, and industrial bulb lights make this back patio outdoor living space from blogger Ursula Carmona for Home Made By Carmona feel inviting.Continue to 44 of 45 below.
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This semi-open outdoor living room from Michelle Berwick Design uses a mixture of wood finishes on the floor, walls, and ceiling to create interest and dimension. Black wrought iron furniture adds graphic lines.
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Depending on where you live, the idea of an outdoor living room might be marred by mosquitoes or too-harsh sunlight. This outdoor living room from Kate Marker Interiors is built from the bones of an old gazebo to provide a cozy and intimate space that provides shade and can be screened in.