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40 Gorgeous Outdoor Living Room Design Ideas

From stately outdoor fireplaces to sunken sectionals, these outdoor living rooms are filled with genius design features that make them the ultimate alfresco spots to entertain friends or just kick back with family.

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Lounge, Dine + More in Your Great Outdoors

How would you describe your dream outdoor living room? Maybe you picture a cozy place to sit and enjoy a sunset over the water. Or maybe your perfect outdoor living room is centered around a stunning fireplace. How about a spot that you can convert to an indoor living room if the weather isn't just right? We think the design possibilities are endless, so we've put together a list of our 40 favorite outdoor living rooms for inspiration.

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Photo: John McCarthy. From: Lloyd Fleischer Landscape Design.

Make a Statement

We’re suckers for symmetry and this flanked fireplace seating area doesn’t disappoint. The designer could have played it safe with an earthy neutral but instead opted for a stark white fireplace. Its appearance against the wall of Mediterranean cypresses makes for a striking visual when reflected on the dark surface of the swimming pool. Uncover more painted brick fireplaces, below.

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Photo: Tamara Alvarez, Landscape Architects: Landwise Design & Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture. From: Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture.

Or, Opt for Streamlined + Simple

With a view like this, anything else plays second fiddle. For this reason, this modern beach house's seating area takes the minimalistic route. The choice of low furniture with a cantilevered roof above results in unobstructed views from nearly any angle. Maximize your views with these landscaping tips, below.

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Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Put Up a Pergola

Located in Newport, Rhode Island, HGTV Dream Home 2021 backs up to the serene Sakonnet River, so designer Brian Patrick Flynn knew the backyard deserved a special seating area that would highlight the unique location. A pergola positioned on a platform constructed with low maintenance, all-weather decking creates the perfect spot away from the main house to entertain guests. Learn all there is to know about pergolas, below.

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