"Maximize your living space by creating usable outdoor rooms," says Rhoda Vickers of the Southern Hospitality blog. "With the right combination of outdoor seating, pillows, shade and colorful planters, you can turn any patio into an outdoor oasis."
Coming up with unique color combinations is one way to make your balcony garden pop as in this mix of evergreen shrubs and eye catching perennials such as purple heather and calibrachoa from Urban Green.
This outdoor space rests on the roof deck of a historic building on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The space features a contemporary fire pit, a pair of blue-cushioned chairs and colorful planters surrounded by fencing for an intimate setting.
Hard-lined geometric planters are softened with softly textured native grasses and vibrant succulent varieties that either drape over planter walls or act as sculptural pieces, which complement the architecture. The walls throughout the site not only aid in creating more usable space, but absorb the sun’s heat during the day and radiate it out in the cooler coastal evenings.
A tile wall runs the length of this crystal-blue swimming pool adding color and including multiple fountains and planters. A built-in hot tub sits to the side of the pool next to a beautifully landscaped patio space with grass growing in a geometric design. A thriving area of flowers, palm trees and ornamental grasses lines the pool with bountiful color.
Turn that rickety old ladder into a showcase for colorful plants and herbs. Karla Holley of Small Town Rambler spray-painted her wooden ladder in pastel blue then adorned it with a variety of pretty pots and planters. The ladder can also be used to store garden tools and potting soil.
Include a few standout pieces in your outdoor decor. This faux cattle head acts as a piece of outdoor art when simply leaned against the wall next to some colorful pillows and succulents. A large vintage wooden bowl serves as a faux planter for a cactus.
Vibrant colorful pillows and rugs bring this inviting patio space to life. A stone bench is built into the retaining wall which doubles as a privacy wall enclosing the cozy space. Wood furniture, plants and woven planters add beautiful natural texture to compliment the aesthetic.
The white tub on a red stand is a versatile outdoor item that Beth Johnson of B Interiors found at a sample sale. Use it as a drink cooler, toy holder, planter or container for garden supplies, for just a few ideas. Also, Johnson says melamine plates, which come in various shapes and patterns, are a budget-conscious buy for a vibrant patio table. You can find 12-piece sets for about $50. This table setting also includes vintage juice glasses from a thrift shop.