25 August 2022
4 min read
The key to a beautiful outdoor space is viewing it as an extension of the indoors. While awareness of the physical and mental benefits of nature has seen architects and interior designers working to bring the outdoors inside, the past few years have seen an increased desire to soak up the great outdoors. While the natural beauty of the outdoor landscape is difficult to compete with, the best outdoor rooms work to bring the style and comfort of the indoors into your external spaces. Increased innovation has resulted in outdoor furniture that’s as chic as its indoor counterparts while being able to withstand the elements.
Whether it’s an elegant poolside retreat, a European-style entertaining space amongst the greenery, or savvy use of precious balcony space in an apartment, these are our favourite outdoor rooms.
The principles of coastal design are employed with a contemporary twist in this outdoor room by Bijl Architecture. Indoor-outdoor living is promoted by glass doors that connect the airy open-plan kitchen and living room to the shaded outdoor area. Neutral hues are used in both spaces, providing an aesthetic link between the two, with colourful striped textiles covering the outdoor furniture adding a pop of personality.
Pink lounge chairs in the outdoor room of the aptly named Hue House by Arent&Pyke truly make it feel like an extension of the vibrant indoor areas. Nestled amongst the foliage, this outdoor room provides its owners with a peaceful yet fashion-forward respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The general school of thought would dictate that a breathtaking location should be accompanied by pared-back furniture. Instead, Renato D'Ettorre Architects displays both daring and restraint in the outdoor room of this oceanfront Hamilton Island home. Clean, streamlined spaces are carved from robust masonry are able to stand the test of time in the sub-tropical climate, while floor-to-ceiling shutters enable indoors and outdoors to act as one and allow for the use of fun, vibrantly hued indoor furniture in the outdoor space.
Bringing a touch of grandeur to Melbourne's prestigious Toorak neighbourhood, Kenley Court by Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors features an Italian-inspired outdoor entertaining area. Sitting amid the pool, a lavish garden, and ample fruit trees, the space is simple but effective, letting the heritage-style stonework do the talking. A long marble table surrounded by caned metal dining chairs provides a place to gather and dine, while a fireside setup facilitates intimate conversation.
Designed to blur the lines between the interior and exterior, Inside Out House by YSG Studio is defined by transitional spaces. Colourful yet durable furniture provides exterior spaces with a 'room-like' feel while allowing for enjoyment of the outdoors. Beside the pool, traditional lounge chairs are forgone in favour of a reading nook, which creates a cosier environment.
Sheltered outdoor spaces in this Hamilton Island home create tranquility, with the hard edges and almost brutalist tone of the construction juxtaposed against the greenery. A reflection pond acts as a thoughtful pause amongst the pale timber construction in the atrium while in the pool area, deep purple and red furniture imbue the concrete construction with a sense of richness.
The outdoor area of the stunning Ocean Residence by FMD Architects has been designed with practicality and relaxation in mind, is a prime example of a premium outdoor area. It's an ideal spot for entertaining or unwinding, featuring durable yet stylish sofas that offer ample seating for guests. The cushions, in shades of grey with red accents, are comfortable and weather-resistant, perfect for withstanding varying weather conditions. The outdoor area is intelligently laid out with easy-to-maintain stone and wooden elements that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The standout feature is a large open design that allows for unobstructed views of the scenic landscape beyond, ensuring that this outdoor room captures the essence of the outdoor lifestyle.
There you have it. Seven stunning outdoor rooms and areas show just how effectively indoor and outdoor areas can fuse together to create truly harmonious living spaces. Whether it’s for entertaining, relaxation, or simply enjoying the natural beauty, these outdoor rooms provide an exemplary blueprint for integrating natural elements with modern conveniences.