Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors - and bringing some indoor comforts outside can really help you to maximize your time on the patio.  Click “Next” to see 10 ways to bring the indoors out.

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1.  Build a Pergola

Extending out from your home, a pergola can help transform your deck into an extension of your living room.  The partially covered nature of the design can give your patio a cosy, homey feel but with all the benefits of being outdoors.shutterstock_153784166

 

2.  Create Well Defined Spaces

Walls, gazebos, and the like help to create well defined spaces outdoors.  Just as your home has separate rooms for different tasks (kitchen, living room, etc) your backyard can have areas for entertaining, playing, or simply, relaxing.  By thinking about your outdoor space and how you use it, you’ll be able to create a space that’s beautiful, and functional.shutterstock_146654972

 

3.  Bring Out the Couch

While it’s probably not a good idea to bring the couch from your living room outdoors, there are plenty of wonderful patio sets available that mimic the comforts of an indoor couch in outdoor-friendly materials.  Ditch those plastic patio chairs for something that will make your guests feel right at home!shutterstock_274210667

 

4.  Invest in an Area Rug

A good area rug can really tie a room together - and the same is true for your outdoor space.  Bringing this living room staple to your patio can instantly make your backyard feel much more cozy.  With plenty of good quality outdoor rugs available today, your biggest challenge will be choosing just one!shutterstock_29985214

 

5.  Add a Chandelier

Think big bold light fixtures are for inside the home only?  Think again!  This chandelier makes dining al fresco as elegant as an indoor dinner party.  Incorporate these larger fixtures with all of your outdoor lighting ideas to create the perfect outdoor space for evening entertaining.Original_Thompson-Custom-Homes-Outdoor-Kitchen-Dining_s3x4.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1707

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6.  Consider an Outdoor Fireplace

An outdoor fireplace not only makes your backyard instantly more dramatic - the warmth it provides means you can enjoy your patio a little longer.  Keeping you warm on cool fall nights, an outdoor fireplace creates a beautiful focal point for your backyard.shutterstock_145201945

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7.  Use Plenty of Pillows

Made of concrete, stone, and other hard materials, built in seating sure looks nice, but it’s not usually too comfortable.  Thankfully, some brightly colored throw pillows can help change all that.  An easy addition to your back patio, throw pillows can bring some of those indoor comforts into your outdoor space.Original_Scott-Cohen-Outdoor-Fire-Pit-Stone-Sofa_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960

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8.  Hook It Up

An outdoor speaker system is the perfect way to bring some of the comforts of your living room into your backyard.  If you don’t have the budget for a full outdoor sound system, a wireless bluetooth speaker can be the perfect alternative.shutterstock_146498354

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9.  Create a Cooking Space

If you love barbecue and eating outdoors, adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard can be a great way to increase your time on the patio.  Perfect for easy entertaining, adding an outdoor cooking space will really make your backyard feel like home.shutterstock_264184685

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10.  Be True to Your Style

If your home is more traditional on the inside, you don’t want a totally modern backyard (or vice-versa).  Creating a common theme for your decor - and sticking with it throughout your indoor and outdoor spaces - is a wonderful way to make your entire home feel like a cohesive unit.shutterstock_107189060

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