“Asheville is super, and everybody is one of a kind,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “It’s a very artistic place and it’s edgy, and there’s a huge art and music community. So overall, in and outside of the house, there’s a ton of color.”
Angled off the back of the house to make optimum use of the sloped lot, this crisp white deck and patio with fire pit create a two-tier hub for outdoor living. The white hue blends with the home's rear facade so as not to stop the eye.
The most effective way to use any outdoor area maximally is with perimeter seating. Here, a modular sectional sofa is configured to conform to a corner of this welcoming courtyard, putting every square inch of the area to use. For optional flexibility, consider sectional sofas without arms since the armless modules can also be added to elongate a straight-lined sofa.
When it comes to outdoor entertaining after dark ambient lighting adds sophistication to any get together. Sure, real candlelight is nice, but the convenience and safety of today’s programmable battery operated LED candles is hard to resist.
A custom designed table made from Italian porcelain flooring with a glass tile inlay is flanked by comfortable metal dining chairs with striped blue cushions in this outdoor dining area. The view from the table is expansive and opens up to hillsides covered in eucalyptus and palm trees and a comfortable lounge area with additional seating. The hillside lounge area is framed by two taupe pillars, a brick patio and a brown wood guardrail, emphasizing the neutral color palette of the garden.
The East Coast roots of this Cape Cod-style home are complemented by a Hamptons-inspired backyard. A shaded pergola offers a perfect spot for relaxing or entertaining, while lounge chairs serve up a little poolside seating.
Woven traditional furniture in a modern, neutral palette withstands the elements and creates a lovely spot to dine in this backyard setting. A pair of ottomans doubles as extra seating or serves as a spot to serve snacks and drinks.
The Newport Beach, Calif., backyard is divided into multiple living areas. Comfortable lounge chairs flank one side of the sleek pool, while stone steps lead over the hot tub. A lush lawn is surrounded by native grasses and beautiful trees and shrubs.
Green Pergola-Covered Porch With Adirondack Chairs
A common issue faced by homeowners with wooden pergolas is maintenance. When pergolas are stained, they require yearly or biyearly re-staining or resealing; however, if you paint a pergola in the same tones as your home's exterior, it creates a more cohesive look and requires much less maintenance.
Transitional Deck With Plush Sofas and Contemporary Fire Pit
The uniquely designed outdoor sofas fit right in with the natural twisting tree limbs surrounding this California living space. Floating on a curved design, facing sofas give everyone seated access to the contemporary fire pit, providing a connection with the encompassing landscape long after the sun has set.
Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.
Wicker furnishings with modern lines offer comfortable seating in this outdoor space, but it's the views that really steal the show. Earthy colors and inlaid tile offer subtle style touches, while plantings on the rooftop deck tie in with the surrounding landscape.