Summer Fun In The Sun: 41 Playful Outdoor Living Spaces


Add a touch of whimsy by designing a playful outdoor living environment with colorful fabrics, textures and patterns and fun decorations to create your dream outdoor space. There are many things you can do to personalize and add character to your space, with the addition of unique furnishings, lanterns, cool planters, plush cushions, colorful area rugs, drapery curtains, string lights, chandeliers and even hanging chairs. To make your space fun, outdoor fabrics really are key, and come in everything from neutrals and strips to beautiful florals, geometrics and animal prints. Tropical plants can really add to your space as well, whether your living zone is immersed in plantings or you have them in pots and growing off your walls (ivy plants are perfect for this). Consider having a vertical wall with succulents growing off it, we wrote a great article on living garden walls for your reference. Don’t forget a fireplace or even a fire pit to keep you warm and toasty in the evenings and creates a great ambiance for entertaining your guests! So take your outdoor space from tired to amazing this summer with these whimsical and fun inspired ideas that we have collected for you below. We love your feedback on 1 Kindesign, so don’t forget to let us know in the comments which one was your favorite!

Have a look at some past inspiring articles on outdoor living with, 21 Inspirational examples of outdoor summer lounging spaces and 58 Amazing bright and colorful outdoor living spaces.

Create a Playful Garden Gallery Space: Add a touch of whimsy and fun by adding some frames to create an inviting space. There is outdoor wall art that you can place on your wall as well, which if you do not have a plant wall like the picture above, you can also affix to a retaining wall, or create your own wall with reclaimed wood.

Consider adding a tepee to your outdoor space to get out of the hot sun and have a place of privacy for reading and napping. This would also make a great play space for kids!

Nothing says playful more than a boho chic outdoor space! Hanging sheets in the trees adds a touch of whimsy.

Moroccan poufs and a hanging swing makes this outdoor space not only comfortable, but very fun!

Adding colorful fabrics with fun prints on the can add a youthful energy to your outdoor space. Area rugs are also a great addition, adding texture, color and some geometric print. A colorful umbrella also adds some playfulness to a space, and can help block the hot sun or rain. Colorful pots with bright blooms and lanterns adds some character and personality to the space.

Create a sunken living room in your backyard, complete with comfortable cushions and pillows, just make sure the fabric is made for outdoors so it doesn’t get bleached by the sun!

Outdoor area rugs are currently a very trendy design statement, helping to anchor outdoor seating areas.

Set the mood with string lights, creating a wonderful ambiance in the evening.

Add some playful color to your wall with vertical gardens, to get more inspiration, follow our new Vertical Gardens Pinterest board:

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