Do consider your lifestyle and tastes. Your outdoor living area should meet your needs and appeal to your personal style; for example, if you want to entertain outdoors, create a plan that includes spaces where you can cook, dine, and relax with friends and family. Perhaps you really just want an area where you can meditate and read. That may mean adding low-maintenance flowerbeds, a bubbling fountain, and comfortable seating options. The real fun comes as you search for furnishings, fabrics, and other features to continue the style and color palette you've created indoors, so your outdoor living area is irresistible.