"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."
Black isn’t only for interiors: It’s a bold, modern choice for exteriors of every style, too. “The black exterior allows this house to blend into its dark, forested surroundings while providing a bold contrast to the colorful foliage and bright interior,” say the architects at GSA Architects. “Painting the vertical tongue and groove siding a dark color helps hide the joints between boards, giving the siding a more homogenous and minimal look. Make sure to use a satin exterior paint to avoid accumulating too much dirt on the siding.”
When you’re lucky enough to live in a beautiful setting and have outdoor dining areas to enjoy, there’s no reason to keep your entertaining indoors. A wintery outdoor dinner party can be a truly magical experience for guests, so take care to set a table that plays up the special surroundings, complete with candlelight, flowers, a show-stopping centerpiece, and, of course, all the chilled bubbly.
If you really want to think outside the box, consider creating a window treatment for the outside. Here, an exterior patio already provides privacy, so instead of a traditional window treatment indoors, the designer chose to give the bather a soothing water-wall view on the other side. Design by Susan Jay Design
A photo gallery adds color and interest to the hallway adjacent to a contemporary kitchen. The colors in the framed images tie in to the kitchen's color palette, creating a seamless feel between the spaces.
Sitting outside becomes even more enjoyable thanks to a stone fireplace, cushioned chairs and an outdoor kitchen. A pergola encloses the patio and so creates a sense of privacy, while a rustic rock wall complements the home's mountain surroundings.
Delicately carved and made to withstand the test of time, teak lounge chairs and woven side tables complement the natural surroundings, while blue geometric pillows continue the color theme found indoors.