Creating an outdoor oasis can be a daunting task, but with a little planning and creativity, it can be transformed into a relaxing retreat. As interior designers, we understand the importance of bringing the indoors out and creating a seamless flow between the two spaces. In this blog post, I’ll share some tips on how to create an outdoor oasis from an interior designer’s perspective.

Start with a plan

Before starting any outdoor project, it is important to have a clear plan in place. Consider the size of your space, the overall style you want to achieve, and your budget. Think about how you want to use the space – will it be a place to entertain guests, a relaxing retreat, or a combination of both? Once you have a clear plan in place, you can start to make decisions about furniture, decor, and landscaping.

Choose the right furniture

Outdoor furniture is an essential part of any outdoor space. When selecting furniture, choose pieces that are durable, weather-resistant, and comfortable. Wicker, teak, and metal are all great options for outdoor furniture. If you have a covered area, consider adding a cozy outdoor sofa or sectional. If you have limited space, look for versatile pieces like outdoor dining sets that can double as a conversation area.

Add some greenery

Adding plants and greenery to your outdoor space can help create a peaceful oasis. Choose plants that are suited for your climate and the amount of sun or shade in your outdoor area. Consider planting a vertical garden or adding a few potted plants to your space. If you’re short on space, consider using hanging planters or window boxes to add a touch of greenery.

Define your space

One of the keys to creating an outdoor oasis is defining the space. Use outdoor rugs, lighting, and furniture placement to create separate zones for lounging, dining, and entertaining. If you have a large space, consider adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to create a cozy gathering spot. If you have a small space, consider using a folding screen or trellis to create a sense of privacy and seclusion.

Incorporate lighting

Lighting is a crucial element in any outdoor space. Use a mix of overhead lighting, table lamps, and candles to create a warm and inviting ambiance. If you have a covered area, consider adding string lights or a chandelier for added elegance. If you have a pool or water feature, consider adding underwater lighting to create a dramatic effect.

Choose the right accessories

Accessories are the finishing touch to any outdoor space. Choose outdoor-safe pillows, rugs, and decor to add color and texture to your space. Consider adding a few outdoor poufs or ottomans for additional seating. Add a few pieces of artwork or wall decor to add interest and personality to your outdoor oasis.

Don’t forget to get protective covers for your furniture investment. Our weather and trees create issues to keeping your outdoor furniture both beautiful and long lasting. 

Creating an outdoor oasis can be a fun and rewarding project. With a little planning and 

creativity, you can transform your outdoor space into a relaxing retreat that you can enjoy for years to come. As an interior designer, I believe that your outdoor space is an extension of your home, and it should reflect your personal style and taste. So take your time, enjoy the process, and create an outdoor oasis that you can truly call your own.

 At CHI we are just as comfortable designing outdoor spaces as indoor spaces, book a free discovery call with us to go over your outdoor project, we would love to help!