Rustic Outdoor Living Spaces

Modern outdoor living trends have evolved beyond the basic grill paired with a patio table and chair set. Today’s backyard is more than just a place for the kids to play; it’s an additional living space that can be enjoyed year-round, especially in warmer regions. Because the backyard is an extension of your home’s living space, it’s essential that its design combines beauty with function. Rustic themes are among the latest outdoor living trends and the perfect way to add southwestern design elements to enhance the space.

Water Features and Pools

In an outdoor living space that features a rustic theme, consider water features and pools that seamlessly blend with the overall design. Forgo chrome and endless straight lines. Instead, opt for natural stone and organic shapes. Take inspiration from high-end Scottsdale pool design and water features that effortlessly incorporate recreational space with the natural landscape to create an oasis reflecting your distinctive artistic tastes. Think waterfalls and lazy rivers customized for your backyard space and everyday enjoyment.

Outdoor Kitchens

Create an outdoor kitchen that reflects the living space’s rustic theme. Choose natural stone pavers in warm earth tones versus the urban look of white, silver and grey. Must-haves for an outdoor kitchen include ample counter top space for prepping and serving food, a sink with running water, small refrigerator and/or wine cooler and a grill with burners and warming station. A wood-fire oven also can be custom-built to coordinate with your outdoor décor and is ideal for cooking everything from homemade pizzas to flatbreads – and even decadent desserts.


Outfitting an outdoor living space with the perfect furniture is easy when following a décor theme. When incorporating rustic design elements, look towards furniture that features iron frames in elegant yet simple shapes. Remember, wrought iron must be weatherproofed to keep rust at bay. Natural wood also works well with a rustic theme, whether used as framework for furniture or as accent pieces such as tables.
A larger space requires ample seating for family and guests — consider a set that includes a three-seat couch and/or chaise plus chairs, side tables and a coffee table for holding drinks.
Creating a comfortable conversation area is key for any outdoor living space. Look for sturdy, weather-resistant fabrics and cushions that feel as plush as your indoor furniture. Remember, this is not just a backyard, it’s an additional space for relaxing after a long day at work and should function as an escape from the everyday. To contrast the earth tones that rustic décor favors, add a pop of  color with accent pillows, throws (ideal for when the sun sets) and an area rug that also adds a luxurious feel to any stone patio.


For a truly magnificent space, carry the theme throughout all elements, including the lighting. A combination of sconces, floor lamps and overhead lights will provide the right amount of illumination to create any mood, from family barbecue night to an elegant evening for two. Depending on space and desire, a natural stone fire pit with lava rocks can add charm and warmth. Encircle it with comfortable chairs that coordinate with the other furniture to complete the look.


Lush plants are essential components of any outdoor living space. Look for plants that thrive naturally in your region and that offer visual excitement while complementing the overall design theme. Potted plants and trees, work great on patios and even can be arranged to offer some shade as needed. Opt for a mix of annuals and perennials to provide diversity from year to year. A vertical garden placed on a dividing wall not only looks beautiful but it can provide fresh herbs for your favorite meals.
Combining any of these outdoor living space ideas can help create the ideal getaway right on your own property. These rustic-style trends offer easy outdoor living for any size space in any area. Contact Blooming Desert today for all of your backyard landscaping ideas!