Take advantage of a privacy screen or wall separating your patio from neighbors. Hang lanterns, which can cast a glow at night without taking up floor or table space on a patio. Thrift shop for used wire lanterns or globes, spray paint then any shot of color you desire and add candles. A hanging glass lantern project is one that even beginner DIYers can handle.
"I love gray — I think I always will," says interior designer Lexi Westergard. "However, I am definitely using it differently than I have in the past. I still love it for bathroom cabinet colors, pillows, rugs and accents. I am loving more of a greige or white for wall colors. I think this year we will see white as the dominant, go-to neutral color for walls."
If bright white walls are a bit out of your comfort zone, try a warm gray tone that’s light enough to almost look white, like Lexi did in this living room. She chose Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, one of her favorite paint colors.
To create a relaxing, parlor space, designers used white walls to reflect the natural light of the space. To warm the design, a gray sofa and chairs were brought in, along with purple pillows and a purple chair that add vibrant color to the space. A gray and white rug and coffee table help to define this area, while rich wooded, traditional pieces finish the design with a touch of elegance.
A square, wooden dining table offers a nice view while comfortably seating eight guests. The apartment's floor plan influenced the design of the dining space as an intimate space within the open layout. Custom mirrors visually highlight the dining area and reflect light, the beautiful outdoor views and the sculptural pendant light.