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Dallas Outdoor Living – Beyond the Patio

Outdoor Living Ideas for Dallas Homes

With today’s technology filled days and jam packed calendars, we’re all looking for the same two things: somewhere to relax and more room to do it in! And an outdoor living area can be the solution to both.

Backyard barbeques and patios have always been popular, but more and more homeowners are now investing in outdoor living areas that are true extensions of their homes. Cold, concrete spaces are being transformed into areas that resemble actual indoor living rooms with everything from fireplaces to televisions to chandeliers. These additions add valuable square footage to homes and take the term “staycation” to another level!

Advances in fabrics have transported the textures and colors of indoor fabrics to the outdoors, offering endless options in design. Sunbrella, for example, one of the leaders in performance fabrics, offers up to 98% UV protection from the harmful effects of the sun. The fabric is not only virtually fade-proof, it’s also stain resistant and can withstand frequent, vigorous cleanings.

And advances in screen enclosures have made outdoor spaces enjoyable year-round. Retractable power screens keep mosquitoes at bay during warmer months and contain the warmth of an outdoor fireplace in colder months with the simple push of a button!

We recently designed a Dallas outdoor living area for clients desiring the look of a tropical oasis in their own backyard. Their backyard was already outfitted with a beautiful outdoor kitchen and swimming pool, but lacked the furnishings and decor to truly enjoy the space.

Outdoor living area

A custom outdoor seating arrangement in vibrant blue accented with kiwi green brings cheer and comfort to the space, while numerous side tables and a large round ottoman provide functional surfaces and additional seating. The colors are favorites of our clients and continue the home’s interior colors outside. An outdoor rug anchors the space and pulls all the colors together, including tropical artwork and many festive planters.

Dallas Outdoor Living

Blue club chairs and ottomans, sheltered by a covered patio, create an intimate outdoor seating area perfect for lounging and conversation.

Dallas Outdoor Living

Arm chairs with kiwi green cushions and a glass topped bistro table offer an additional dining option, while adjustable loungers in the distance provide poolside relaxation. A ten foot umbrella in a kiwi green Sunbrella fabric stands at the ready when shade is desired.

Outdoor living

Lush landscaping, crystal blue water and a beckoning hot tub complete the backyard retreat. With this Dallas outdoor living area, the great outdoors can truly be a great escape!

Source of Images: Barbara Gilbert Interiors
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