14 Stunning And Innovative Outdoor Rooms

Creating an outdoor room takes some inspiration. Lorri Elder Dyner of Return To Home Interiors shares her favorite looks and trends.

One of my all-time favorite summer fantasies is to have an outdoor room—a place where you can chat with friends over a glass of wine at the end of a warm summer day. 

What is the difference between an outdoor room and a simple outdoor sitting area? I think it has to do with bringing inside elements to the outside—sometimes incorporating a rug or pillows that don’t necessarily look “outdoors,” and in some cases bringing out furniture and light fixtures that you wouldn’t normally see out of the house. When done right, the whole effect is unexpected and utterly charming.

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Here are some dreamy photos to get you in the mood. Which would you choose? Start slideshow »

Lorri Elder Dyner is an interior designer and blogger who believes in the power of “decorating for the rest of us.” Using clever, accessible, and affordable ideas, she brings us insider tips and tricks that make our living spaces feel pulled together. Lorri resides in Westchester with her husband and two small children. Visit her at returntohomeinteriors.com.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Westchester Magazine editorial staff.

Top Photo credit: Mihalis A. / Fotolia


This is Tacoma, Washington!  Photo via AHBL Landscape Architecture.

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The topiaries and wood furniture really complete this space. Photo via Better Homes & Gardens


Photo via Elle Decor/Chic Geek Designs


This is a New Yorker’s dream—Photo via Architectural Digest.


This is an utterly romantic look. Although the furniture will have to be hauled back inside when the guests have gone home! Photo via Inspired Design.


Love this “Italian” vibe. Photo via Better Homes & Gardens.

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Another thoroughly romantic scene—look at that climbing rose and the Moroccan lantern! Photo via Better Homes & Gardens 


Love the barn vibe. The throws and pillows make this space say “outdoor room.” Photo via I Love Farm Weddings.


This is the ultimate poolside dinner setting. Photo via Ashley Whittaker Design.


Such a cozy spot to chat after dinner. The fireplace makes us East Coasters sweat just looking at it, but it would be divine in the west where the evenings get cool. Photo va Houzz.


Curtains really make this “room” even more special. Photo via Design Chic.


This is the epitome of an outdoor room—it even has a mirror over the mantel. It’s Kim Kardashian’s house, for you trivia lovers! Photo via Hooked on Houses.


This is my wine country dream. Photo via Coco Cozy.


Between the curtains, throw pillows and accessories, this is another ultimate outdoor room overlooking a beautiful lake. Photo via My Home Ideas.

Do these pictures have you drooling yet? I can’t wait to one day have an outdoor space of my own! But dreaming is also half the fun.

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