Designing an Outdoor Room

Designing an outdoor room is a lot like designing a room inside your home. Design principles such as balance, mood, scale, proportion and unity still apply, with the added challenge of managing unpredictable natural elements. While there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors – lounging in a chair by the pool, sitting among your flowers on a garden bench, watching the neighbors stroll by from the rocking chair on the front porch – there is something special about creating a room that is fully considered from a design perspective, but just happens to be outside.

Here are our favorite ways to elevate your current outdoor space into a beautifully designed outdoor room.

Choose a Focal Point

Ask yourself how you plan to use the outdoor room and let your design revolve around the function. Will you entertain in the space? Play games with your children? Dine al fresco? Once you’ve determined the main function of the space, make that the focal point and choose furniture, fabrics and accessories just as you would for an indoor space. For an outdoor dining room, start with a beautiful teak table with dining chairs upholstered in fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric. A retractable awning over the dining space keeps the room cool during the mid-day heat and can be opened after the sun goes down to reveal the stars above.

Take Control of Light and Shade

Part of the joy of being outdoors is feeling the warm sun on our skin and the wind blowing through our hair. But when the sun gets too hot, a covered porch offers the perfect retreat from the elements. A simple covered porch can be elevated to the status of outdoor room with the addition of retractable power screens. A custom-fit power screen made with easy-to-clean Sunbrella shade fabric allows you to enjoy the comforts of an outdoor living room all year long.

Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize

Adding accessories is the easiest and quickest way to elevate your current outdoor space into a bonafide outdoor room. Decorative pillows in coordinating Sunbrella fabrics make the outdoor furniture just as cozy as your living room sofa, and stylish lanterns serve as reading lamps at twilight. Be sure to incorporate other accessories that you would normally see inside, such as a Sunbrella throw for when the breeze picks up, a Sunbrella rug for softness underfoot and hanging artwork that bring your personality into the design.

No roof? No problem.

An outdoor space doesn’t have to have an awning or a roof to be considered a room. A large slate patio serves as the blueprint for this outdoor living room in the middle of the backyard. Comfortable love seats are arranged in a symmetrical layout to encourage conversation and a large, stone fire pit provides warmth while performing double duty as the coffee table. Side tables add both interest and function, and marine-inspired lanterns serve as living room lamps when the sun goes down.

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Tis the Season for Custom Outdoor Drapery!

Summer is upon us and what better way to enjoy your outdoor space than decorating with new custom outdoor drapery, pillows and curtains from DrapeStyle.  At DrapeStyle we have been making outdoor curtains and drapes for years and no one can transform your outdoor space better than the combination of DrapeStyle and fabrics by Sunbrella and Schumacher.  And, with our current sale pricing on all of our outdoor drapery you will not find better values anywhere online or in one of the big-box retailers.


Transform Your Outdoor Space with Custom Drapery and Pillows by DrapeStyle
Transform Your Outdoor Space with Custom Drapery and Pillows by DrapeStyle


New Fabric Arrivals at DrapeStyle

We are getting some great new fabrics in all of the time at DrapeStyle.  We recently got some new Sunbrella Fabrics for our line of Custom Outdoor Drapery and Pillows.  Keep in mind, you can always use this versatile Sunbrella Fabric for almost any application including interior Roman Shade and Roller Shades.

Custom Outdoor Drapery in Sunbrella Walnut
We feature Sunbrella Fabrics for all of our Custom Outdoor Drapery and Shades.