We all want a modern and comfortable outdoor layout. We recently dedicated an article to the design ideas of the backyard . Today we continue on the same subject and expand it by focusing not only on the backyard layout, but also on all outdoor space configurations.
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Configuration, space, specificities, ideas
If you have a small space, you will not develop it in the same way as a large space. No matter the size of your exterior, there are certain rules to follow that promise you a successful modern outdoor layout. Any space is likely to be arranged comfortably. The key is to plan everything by focusing on the functionality and practicality of things.
Functionality: the key to successful contemporary interior and exterior design
It’s often said, functionality is at the bottom of any successful interior or exterior design project. We must also focus on the practical side of things by trying to optimize space optimally by opting for dual-purpose securities solutions, for example. For small spaces, we choose custom furniture or we make it yourself. Nowadays, there are so many different stores that it is not difficult to find furniture of all sizes, shapes, colors and prices.
Which coating to choose for its outdoor terrace?
Before starting to install any outdoor space, it must be cleaned and prepared. Then, we think about the possibilities of coating. Some lands definitely require the installation of a solid flooring, while others do not really need and you can go without. Which material to choose for the exterior flooring? You can choose from many materials such as: wood, composite wood, stone, concrete, pavers, tiles, pebbles and others. Remember that laying flooring is a long investment, or even very long term. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. The wood is of course always at the top of the ranking and preferred by many garden owners. Usually, one chooses to coat one’s wooden outdoor floor if it has a pergola. For its part, stone and concrete are two ultra-strong coating options that will last a very long time. On the other hand, their installation is often more expensive. In short, we made a short list of the three criteria to consider when choosing the coating of your terrace. Here they are : type of land budget available style and aesthetics sought
And after the choice of terrace covering, we think about the choice of furniture …
The choice of furniture is also very important for outdoor comfort. One chooses it according to its way of life, but also of its desires and needs. Do you like organizing outdoor parties with friends? So, installing a bar is a great idea! Do you prefer to cook outdoors? So why not install a kitchenette in your garden?
Garden furniture: always comfortable, never cumbersome
To fully enjoy its outdoor space, we of course need a comfortable garden furniture. Here again, we have a wide variety of materials, styles and shapes. Some garden owners prefer the lightness and low price of braided resin furniture. Others rely on wooden garden furniture. There are also those who love contemporary design and appreciate garden furniture designers like Karim Rashid . Which furniture to choose for your terrace, balcony or backyard also depends on your budget. We personally consider that it is always better to make your own furniture from recycled materials. Not only does it cost much less, but you will also have original furniture, personalized and perfectly adapted to the configuration of your space. In addition, you can use a lot of things to make it: wooden pallets, old doors or windows, old furniture, car tires, logs, barrels, cartons …
Sofa, armchair, chair, table, bench, suspended bed … There are so many choices!
If you do not have a lot of space the presence of a garden lounge plus a dining area will be cumbersome. To better optimize your space while having living room and dining area, we recommend you to opt for an extensible table and adjustable in height. For seating, bet instead on wooden benches that are good between sofa and chairs and they also take up less space.
Suspended furniture has been very popular lately. You can not always have a swing in your garden, but you can install a bed or hanging chair. Comfort is guaranteed! It is even possible to make a hanging garden bed yourself . Having a bed or armchair in your garden is so nice: relaxing, reading or rest. Resistance, quality, aesthetics or all you need in a modern garden furniture
Modern exterior with pool
Having a pool in your garden is a great advantage and a real pleasure in the summer. If you have the chance to enjoy a garden pool, then step off the design of your outdoor space. The pool requires a specific flooring. The swimming pool surround is very important not only for the aesthetics of your exterior, but also for the safety of all users of the pool. Faced with the wide variety of materials available, it is often difficult to make a choice. When choosing your pool surroundings, there are some criteria to consider. The first, and most important, criterion is that it is slip resistant and resistant to water, salt and chlorine. It must not heat too much in the sun, easy to maintain, aesthetic to match with the outside style of your garden and terrace.
Outdoor lighting is decisive for the ambience you want to install.
It has been said so many times and it’s still true: lighting is decisive for the ambience of any outdoor or indoor space. Many outdoor space owners think outdoor lighting should be strong. Indeed, strong lighting is a big mistake. He wants neither strong nor sifted, but just in the middle of both to be perfect. Bright spots, hanging lights, light garlands, LED lighting – you really have a lot of choices! When choosing your garden lighting, make a plan of your outdoor area beforehand. It is absolutely necessary to light your table of living room or to eat so for this you will need a suspended luminaire. If you have a pool, you also have to think about installing spot lights around to enjoy it even in the evening. The worktop of the outdoor kitchen must also be well lit.
Pergola, garden tent, arbor: which to choose and why?
Having a pergola, a garden tent, an arbor or just something to protect yourself from the sun is important. Why ? At first, the furniture can be damaged by the sun and the rain, protecting it guarantees you a longer life for your furniture. We need to enjoy its outside even when the sun is very strong, the installation of a pergola allows it. In a second time, the pergola makes the space more cocoon and adds a pleasant decorative touch.
Excellent idea ! There is nothing better than turning a roof terrace. Many people who live in the city feel the need to be closer to nature. The roof terrace is one of its possibilities and we love it. The layout is almost the same as for any outdoor space: flooring, furniture, deco … The only difference is that in this case we need to install a lot of potted plants to create the effect “urban garden”. Do not be afraid the maintenance of most potted plants is relatively easy and undemanding. In case you have decided to build your roof terrace, the presence of parasol or pergola is a must.
Garden shed: halfway between garden furniture and garden house or the new extension of your house
The garden shed is an interesting and practical choice. Many people decide to install one to have “a piece” more or to store objects or to create a small space for relaxation and magical reading. Installing a garden shed is always a good idea. Whether wood, resin or metal, it comes in many shapes and sizes. Ideal for storing tools, garden furniture and bicycles, it can also be used for many additional activities. Furnished with a sofa, armchairs and some cushions, if its size allows it, it turns into a nice little corner of relaxation.
Install a fireplace in your garden for magical moments
In our article dedicated to rear yard layout, we have already touched on this topic. Having a fireplace or fireplace in your outdoor area is always a good idea. Contrary to what many people think, the home is not expensive and you can even make it yourself. Its presence ensures a more pleasant space, cocoon and warm. But still, you can enjoy your garden, balcony or terrace even when it is cold or cool outside.
Look at this terrace is nice and the fireplace makes it warm:
What style of decoration for my outdoor space?
It’s up to you to choose the style! Minimalist and refined, rustic and vintage, industrial and modern, traditional, boho chic … There is so much style of decoration that it is impossible not to choose at least one that you like. Now let’s explore some exteriors and their styles.
Moroccan tiles are very popular in interior design as well as outdoor design. The designers of the restaurant exterior in the photo below were inspired by the warm design style of the Mediterranean and designed a very pleasant space.
The following roof terrace is an excellent example of modern outdoor design: designer armchairs and low-woven resin tables, light shades and lots of vegetation.
Gray and green: a wedding always successful! The next exterior that we will present is only composed of two shades: gray and green. The garden furniture is in braided resin. The armchairs have been decorated with green patterned cushions. There is also a small kitchen area consisting only of a modern oven.
A space of minimalist and refined design that makes you dream: here is the example of modern exterior design. The shades are clear, the water in the pool pure and the outside is a great extension inside. Good game !
What a big pool! Looking at it we really want to jump in it.
And yes, some people have the chance to enjoy a very large garden. Luck !
We like interior design solutions half inside, half outside. What a beautiful residence and what a beautiful modern exterior!
A roof, a terrace, a glass Large sofa for the whole family Sometimes you just need a pool and two sun loungers to relax in style. And sometimes, we also need a garden furniture! The industrial style was comfortably installed on the terrace photographed below. It seems like the concrete bench and table will never be moved. A really solid and durable garden furniture, no?
Modern exterior design sleek
We love this modern and rustic outdoor layout! A modern exterior design also requires the presence of a little decoration.