With a touch of creativeness and the right rooftop decor, you can transform your roof into a cozy and airy space. Your roof can be a magical private garden, it can be your swimming pool lounge, it can be your barbecue area, it can basically be anything you want.

Even though the place is so versatile, many people forget all about it, or worse, use it for storage, which is a total waste of the space.

If decorated right, a rooftop can be used not only for relaxing but also for entertaining guests and holding magnificent parties.

So here are some ideas that will help you design the perfect rooftop decor.

Create a shaded space

Create a shaded space

Rooftops are pretty sunny, that is why you need to create some shade so that you can enjoy your rooftop at all times.

If you have a swimming pool though or a want to plant some plants that need direct sunlight settle for shading just one part of the roof and leaving other parts unshaded.

A canopy works best, but a big umbrella can work too if you don’t want something permanent or if the house is rented.

Build an indoor space

Build an indoor space

If you have enough room, it is always a good idea to build an indoor space on your roof, without sacrificing the outdoor area of course.

An indoor space is a good idea for more than one reason, first, you can add a bathroom which is always an advantage. Second, you can add an air conditioned area where people can get a reprieve from the heat in summer or the cold in winter.

Add soft lighting

Add soft lighting

You do not want your rooftop to be totally dark at night, but you also want to be able to see the stars and the street lights.

Choosing some soft lighting options is the key here, some scattered mood lighting that will transform the place into an elegant relaxing space at night.

Greenery is essential

Greenery is essential

A rooftop is basically a concrete space, that is one of the reasons why rooftop decor should include lots of green plants.

Choose what goes with the ambiance you want, but the sunny space should allow you various options including very beautiful flowering plants.

If the ceiling and the insulation permits, you can even add a plant bed and grow some vegetables on your roof!

Prepare a cooking area

Prepare a cooking area

And by rooftop cooking we basically mean barbecue area!

However, you may want to add some essentials that will help with the barbecue, a small fridge, a sink and a small counter-top to name some.

And of course a dining table and some chairs is always a good idea, but that can be substituted by adding a bar and some stools to separate the cooking area from the rest of the roof.

Add an appliance to enhance the weather if needed

Add an appliance to enhance the weather if needed

Unless you live in Utopia the weather in your city probably needs some enhancement one season or another, so plan your rooftop decor accordingly.

If it gets too cold in winter add a heater, or a fire pit, and if it gets too hot during summer add an outdoor AC or some large misting fans.

This way you get to enjoy your rooftop all year round, or at least most of the year.

Make it comfy

Make it comfy

The rooftop is often a very industrial area, so you need to pay attention into making it as comfortable as possible.

The first thing would be choosing a nice durable flooring that lends elegance and comfort into the space.

Add comfortable and inviting seating options as well, and choose some durable outdoor fabrics for the cushions.

Keep it minimal

Keep it minimal

Yes you need to create a comfortable and elegant space, but it also needs to be all about the sky and the outside and the fresh air.

The roof is not the right place for excessive decorations and numerous nick knacks, it should be a simple elegant place where people can relax.

Keep it neutral

Keep it neutral

Keep the color theme neutral in your rooftop decor. This will help you maintain the minimalist theme and keep the look simple and fresh.

You can add touches of color in the accessories, this way you can change those colors whenever you want.

Plus, neutral colors are less likely to be badly affected by weather elements such as sunlight exposure.

To learn more about designing an outdoor space see also:

How To Make The Most Out Of A Small Balcony

Outdoor seating guide: How to Choose The best Outdoor Furniture

A culinary oasis: How to design an outdoor kitchen?