The best outdoor spaces are ones that feel like they’re a part of the home. They’re comfortable and inviting and don’t require a lot of upkeep. The key to enhancing your outdoor space is using all five senses to create an inviting space that’s functional and easy to maintain. Here are some ideas for turning your outdoor area into an extension of your home:

Focus on function

When it comes to outdoor spaces, function is key. If your space doesn’t have a purpose or serve a specific need, why have it at all? The best part about focusing on function is that it can help you create an inviting and cozy environment without having to spend too much money.

Here are some ideas for making sure your outdoor space is functional:

  • Use furniture with storage space underneath or behind it; this will keep clutter hidden away while still allowing you access when needed.
  • Add lighting where necessary so that everyone has enough light during the evening hours (and don’t forget about motion sensor lights!).
  • Make sure there are plenty of places for people to sit–this includes benches as well as chairs and stools around tables or other surfaces such as fire pits/fireplaces

Add a fire pit

A fire pit is a great way to add warmth and coziness to your outdoor space. You can use it for cooking, or just for lighting up the night. It’s a focal point of your outdoor space, and it looks great in both day and night settings.

Incorporate the elements of nature

  • Incorporate the elements of nature.
  • Plant trees and shrubs. Trees add shade, which can be helpful if you’re planning on hosting an outdoor party where people will be sitting on blankets or lawn chairs in the sun. Also consider adding some flowering plants that will attract birds and butterflies to your yard.
  • Use natural materials like wood, stone and bamboo in your furniture design for a more rustic look that fits with an outdoor theme. If you want to go all out with this idea (and have a lot of money), consider building your own furniture from scratch!
  • Use natural colors like earth tones (browns), greens and browns instead of bright colors like reds or blues since those tend not to go well with the environment outside unless it’s nighttime already

Create a seating area

A seating area is a must for outdoor coziness. A comfortable bench or chair can be as simple as you want it to be, but if you want something with more of an impact (and perhaps some extra storage space), then consider adding a full living room set to your backyard. If your guests will be spending most of their time outside, make sure there are enough seats for everyone!

Keep it low maintenance

You want to keep things low maintenance.

  • Use plants that are easy to care for, such as succulents and cacti. They’re also more durable than most other plants, so they’ll last longer in your yard and can withstand any weather conditions (including drought).
  • Choose furniture that doesn’t require much upkeep: wood is preferable over metal or plastic; cushions should be removable so you can wash them regularly; fabric should be stain-resistant or easy enough to clean with soap and water.
  • Consider using weather resistant materials like resin wicker or teak wood instead of traditional wooden pieces if possible since these materials will hold up better against rain, snow, wind and other outdoor elements without requiring constant upkeep throughout each season

Keeping your outdoor space cozy and functional can be done easily and inexpensively

One of the best ways to make your outdoor space cozy is by using a fire pit. Not only does it add warmth and atmosphere to any outdoor gathering, but it can also be used for cooking and entertainment.

You can purchase a ready-made fire pit or build one yourself out of stone or metal. If you opt for the latter option, consider adding some comfortable seating around the edge so that people have somewhere to relax while they watch their food cook over hot coals!


We hope these tips have inspired you to create a cozy outdoor space that you can enjoy for years to come. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board for more ideas on how to make your patio or backyard cozier!