This Summer: 9 Ways to Transform Your Outdoor Design

06 Aug, 2018

Summer means only one thing for us, home design lovers.

The holidays never last as much as we would like to but there are a lot of ways in which we can bring our dreamy summer escape in our backyard.

After having taken inspiration from some of the projects that our Homestyler users have created with both our mobile application and our floor planner solution, we have collected 9 easy design tips for you to bring your outdoor space to the next level and to enjoy this summer at 360 degrees.

1. Treat your outdoor space as if it was an extension of your house

In order to reach this result, we have to realize that our outdoor design needs the same attention as our indoor space.

When it comes to home design, we pay attention to every little detail and make sure that every decision we take will contribute to make our house more pleasant to the eye.

Why shouldn’t we do the same when it comes to our garden, is it just because it doesn’t have a roof on top or a few walls around it?

The general idea is to decorate our garden as if it was an open air room, so we can both enjoy the comfort of our indoor and the artistic atmosphere of our outdoor.

As no other room allows you to relax and enjoy your time with your friends and family more than your living room, why don’t you bring this same ambiance in your garden? 

How many times have you wished there was a place where you could enjoy a starry night or a sunny day from time to time, instead of the same shows you’ve seen over and over in television?

The moment has come, and the place is your house!

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This design was created by Rochelle A. Dela Cuesta, Homestyler floor planner user

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This design was created by Levette Tripp, Homestyler mobile user

A nice sofa, a couple of armchairs, an elegant coffee table and here you go! Your garden has now a brand new aspect and emanates a very cozy and welcome atmosphere both in the day light and during the evening.

Another room that brings everyone happily together is the dining room. Alfresco dining is definitely a summer trend decor and it is what allows you to enjoy your meals and the outside breeze at the same time.

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This design was created by Dianne Stasa, Homestyler mobile user

Alfresco dining is by definition a casual way of gathering outside and savor a meal together. It is usually taken as a party and the typical food accompanying it is a barbecue.

For this reason, adding a barbecue set a few meters from your table can definitely make your outdoor meal more interesting and can satisfy both meat lovers and vegetarians, reuniting together all the people you love the most.

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This design was created by Rochelle A. Dela Cuesta, Homestyler floor planner user

If you are lucky enough to have a big garden to decorate, you can also multiple areas together, as you would do for a big open space, an industrial interior or a modern loft. 

Just like for your interior, the secret to visually divide your space is to adjust the furniture in a way that it “floats” and it does not stay anchored to your walls or to your railings, but it naturally combines the two rooms.

Afraid of ruining your furniture? There is no need to be! Garden umbrellas are not only made to protect you from the rays of the sun or from the heavy summer rain. 

They are also useful to prevent the nice tables, chair and sofa you decided to place outside from being unfairly damaged!

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This design was created by Andrew Randall, Homestyler mobile user

2. Put the right importance to the lamps by choosing them carefully

What can make a real difference in your outdoor space is the way you deal with your lighting. An external scenery requires soft lights that can enhance the romantic mood of the space, therefore some lanterns are definitely recommended.

What gives us softer and more pleasant tones that our nature, though? A bonfire is always appreciated and admired, as it can easily warm up all your guests’ hearts and make them feel at their ease simply with its heat and with the elegant movements of its flames.

The scenario that it creates is just amazing, isn’t it? And it can happen to be useful as well, as a way to finish our alfresco meals with some marshmallow and entertaining our guest with a few songs played with a guitar!

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This design was created by Paola Murrieta, Homestyler mobile user

3. Don’t forget to take advantage from the beautiful views that our natural light can offer

Everyone loves elegant lighting fixtures and modern lamps, but we need to admit that the best light is the one offered by our naturally beautiful sun, and only our outdoor space can make us enjoy it at its full potential.

When we are on holiday, we always look for the best spots where to admire the sunset at the end of the day. Some of us, even set up their alarm clock and get up early to manage to see the sun rising, isn’t it? 

What if this scenery wasn’t a one-time only event, and if you could set up your garden in a way that it enhances the view of the beautiful sky above you?

Some views are just breathtaking but just because we like to dream about them – especially during the long winter nights – it doesn’t mean that they can’t be reality!

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This design was created by Rita Edwards, Homestyler mobile user

4. Be more healthy by surrounding yourself with the green of the plants and the vibrant colors of the flowers

Of course, the greatest thing of having a garden to decorate is that you can cheer up the place and the overall feeling by playing a lot with plants and flowers. 

Nature looks always good and can embellish your space without requiring you to follow any particular designing rules – most of the times, the more plants you add the better, especially if you think of the multiple benefits that plants bring you!

To name one, you can use your garden to plant and grow your favorite fruits or vegetables, and start with it an healthier diet and a more economical lifestyle – think about how much money you’d save when you go grocery shopping!

Some people are afraid that adding too many plants might be overwhelming, and that the green might make the space look somehow monotonous.

In this case, nothing can add more joy and color than some fresh flowers! Not to mention that many studies have found out how flowers can enhance our creativity and lower our anxiety.

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This design was created by designs by Q Delgado, Homestyler mobile user

If you don’t want to spend too much time gardening, just remember that there are some styles and kinds of plants that don’t need particular care from your side but are still able to provide a unique style to your backyard.

Examples can be the buganvillea and the oleander, two gorgeous kinds of flowers that are easy to grow and maintain, as they don’t need much water.

5. Add a playground area

If you have little kids in your family, an outside playground is something that you really can’t miss and that will make their childhood one of the greatest moments of their lives. 

In the digital area, finding ways to constantly encouraging natural play is essential and it can be easily feasible by adding a couple of tire swings and a slide.

Your little ones will love to have a playground area right a few meters from their room, and their joy will bring happiness to everyone else in the house.

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This design was created by سموو الرووح, Homestyler floor planner user

6. Build a sport facility in your outdoor space

Are you a sport person, and you wish you could practise your favorite activity anytime you want? If so, why don’t you build a special court in your garden?

The most elegant and pleasant to the eye are definitely tennis courts, as their green combines well with the color of the grass.

Tennis courts might seem a luxury due to the cost of installation and maintenance that this kind of facility can imply.

Truth is, there are a few ways that allow us to keep the costs reasonable, starting from opting for a concrete or asphalt court (that represent a cheaper option compared to the classical grass one)

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This design was created by Madeleine Ketiya, Homestyler floor planner user

7. Top it up with a swimming pool

If you are looking for something that can make both the little ones and the grown ups, both sporty people and relax lovers happy, why don’t you go for a swimming pool?

Swimming pools are perfect for very occasion and are loved by everyone. Floating in the water is both fun and relaxing, but it can also help you keep fit and it has a lot of health benefits as well.

To name a few, in fact, it has been proved that swimming can reduce asthma symptoms, lower our stress and strengthen our heart. 

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This design was created by Teke Tin, Homestyler floor planner user

Adding a swimming pool will allow swimming lovers to practice their favorite sport at home, kids and adults to have fun with their friends and couples to enjoy the romantic effect of their shadows reflecting on the water. Sounds like a win-win for everyone, right?

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This design was created by Morgan Cotter, Homestyler mobile user

8. Build up a gazebo

Another beautiful and functional addition to your garden is a gazebo, that can both repair you from the excessive heat and give you more privacy whenever you need.

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This design was created by Langa M, Homestyler mobile user

Not to mention that they can come in handy and add great value if you want to use your venue to host an unforgettable event! 🙂

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This design was created by nobody, Homestyler mobile user

9. Learn how to embellish your balcony

But… What if you don’t have a big garden to take advantage of? Just because balconies are smaller, it doesn’t mean that they cannot be designed in a beautiful way with plants, flowers and furniture!

Balconies are actually more versatile and they can allow you to enjoy your days outside and relax even though you live in a busy city!

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This design was created by Clotilde Trolet, Homestyler mobile user

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This design was created by Homestyler Medellin, Homestyler floor planner user

We have named just nine ways to extend your Summer 2018’s vacation to your time at home, but we are sure there are many more! Be inspired by the other designs you find in the Homestyler community and show us what you can do!


Do you know how to create an outdoor design on your floor planner?

1. Create a room.
2. Click on the room and change the property of roofing to "NO" (on the right panel).
3. Right click on the walls, and choose "Hide".
4. Apply your desired materials on the ground.

Here you go! 🙂


Do you want to create an original outdoor design with our application? Browse your camera roll to upload a picture of your own garden and decorate it with the furniture you find in our catalog!

If you don’t have any picture ready but you still want to immortalize the balcony of your vacation house and decorate it in a new style, you can take the picture of it directly from our app, and start designing it!

– The mobile designs created on the Homestyler app and showcased in this post were created for the Summer 2018 Outdoor Homestyler Contest.

The Homestyler team organizes  new challenge every week, download Homestyler on your iOS or Android device to take part to this week’s competition!


If you wish to see your Homestyler design in our future blog posts, please send us an email to attaching some pictures of it and explaining us what inspired you! We look forward hearing from you!