Bringing living spaces outside has gotten more and more popular over the years. It’s a great way to blend nature and the modern comforts of home. However, some spaces focus on those modern comforts so much that outdoor elements are all but lost. If you prefer a more organic theme in your outdoor living spaces, we’ve compiled some easy ways to achieve a relaxing vibe outside that doesn’t compromise on nature.

A natural tree design keeps an outdoor space grounded. Image: Peters Billiards

Tree design

This highly creative outdoor living space keeps it natural by incorporating a bare tree design. The tree doubles as a place to hang lanterns, adding to the rustic vibe of the space. Floor lanterns contribute to that ambient lighting. Small touches like the plants on the table add splashes of color. Additionally, a light color scheme in the wood flooring, outdoor furniture and roof matches the bare tree and helps it stand out.

Surround sitting areas with plant life for a natural accent. Image: Aspen Falls Landscape & Construction

Lining with plant life

Another idea for outdoor living spaces is to surround the space with plant life. That’s what the fire pit area does in the photo above, and the result is breathtaking. People can sit and enjoy the elemental feel of the fire while still being surrounded by gorgeous plant life.

Without the plant life, the stonework alone would have made the space look too bare and modern. This concept also applies to outdoor eating areas, sitting areas and outdoor kitchens; surrounding these areas with plant life brings them that much closer to nature.

Bright colors bring an artsy aesthetic outside. Image: Harold Leidner Landscape Architects

Winding garden seating areas

Everything about the space above screams “fun and artsy.” It shows how you can work a comfy seating area right into the surrounding plant life. The winding design makes the bench seem like it’s part of the garden itself; as a bonus, it also creates visual interest.

What makes the space pop are the bright footstools, cushion piping and throw pillows. These elements allow for a human touch amid the natural landscape, blending the indoors and outdoors. Yet the colors on the throw pillows aren’t out of place: They match other elements in the space, like the pink plants, yellow flowerpot and greenery itself.

Water features create a relaxing vibe. Image: Clearwater Summit Group

Atmospheric water features for outdoor living spaces

A great way to keep things looking natural in outdoor living spaces is to place a water feature right by an outdoor seating area. Gazebos or dining spaces become instantly more relaxing if they overlook a water feature.

Surrounding your water feature with trees and other plant life makes the water feature look like it’s part of the scenery, which helps the area look even more natural.

Keep your walkways looking natural by using rustic textures. Image: ACM Design Architecture & Interiors

Natural material walkways

An often-overlooked part of outdoor living spaces are the walkways to get from the home to the space itself, but these can also contribute to your natural vibe. Realistic log railings are one way to help the walkway look like it’s not intruding on the surrounding natural space. You might also consider a design like this when lining the outdoor living space itself.

Rustic stone stairways are another easy way to add to the natural feel, particularly if you complement them with stone accent pieces. And don’t forget about lighting: Lighting may be used to accent your stairs or walkway, and they keep things safe at night.

Have you been searching for ways to merge modern sensibilities with an organic, natural vibe? Maybe one of the ideas above appeals to you. If you’re ready to revamp your outdoor living space, we’d love to hear your plans below.