The pergola helps provide shade to the deck and sunroom space from the vicious afternoon westerly sun. The pergola is the same color as the window sashes and keeps cohesive color palette with the house and deck. The stone planter adds interest to the desk and is stacked in a natural drystack manor.
Lighted steps and clean glass railings are functional features that add to the sleekness and drama of this contemporary California terrace. Stacked stone sheathes the backyard's various tiers, while patches of grass and landscaping add a soft touch.
A limestone deck leads to a striking infinity pool at this contemporary home in Mission Viejo, California. Lighted steps are convenient for users and add maximum drama for nighttime entertaining. An elevated hot tub becomes a focal point with its glass tile surround.
A contemporary outdoor kitchen adds to the convenience and luxury of this California home's backyard retreat. Lighted steps lead down to a lakeside seating area, and various tiers and terraces include spots for lounging, dining and swimming in the infinity-edge pool.
A niche with scalloped corners creates an artful spot for the clean-lined, upholstered bed in this contemporary bedroom. Stacked stone forms an accent wall, with a functional shelf built into the stone. A hallway with lighted steps leads into the room, with more storage built into the hallway wall, maximizing space.
Dark polished wood steps match the handrail leading down this twisting staircase. A diamond shaped pendant light hangs above to brighten the space and fill the high ceiling. A striped runner adds vivid color to the design while framed artwork and mounted trinkets decorate the white wall space.
This hallway is kept bright with white walls and natural light from the layers of large windows. Light hardwood steps match the flooring. A stylish glass table supports modern decoration and red flowers adding a touch of color to the hall.
Large windows allow natural light to flood this modern staircase, featuring light hardwood steps and a black metal railing. Two small gray stone end tables are positioned under a colorful modern photograph, while a vine ball sculpture adds a bit of texture.
An inset in the wall of this contemporary stairwell creates a niche for the custom handrail, which mimics the line and finish of the light hardwood steps. Two-toned walls offer drama with neutrals. Variegated hardwood continues onto the steps from the entry to unify the spaces.
This modern home uses a glass paneled garage door for a unique access door from the living room to the outdoors. Light stone steps lead to the darker gray tiled walkway creating a patio area. Mulched sections allow for rows of plants adding color next to the home.
Lighting on steps and walkways is a smart safety measure — and, fortunately, one that won’t require you to call an electrician. Just mount these Solar Deck Lights, $44.95 for four from Gardener’s Supply, to any flat surface with screws included (or just place them on the ground); they’ll charge when the sun is out during the day, and turn on two LED bulbs at dusk.