After a day of romping around on the island, children can enjoy a private outdoor space to unwind. Teak lounge chairs with turquoise cushions and a pink throw blanket bring the cheerful theme of the kids’ room outside.
An outdoor sitting area outside a New Orleans townhouse has color and personality thanks to this gray patio furniture set. The contemporary style serves as a modern-day counterpoint to the historic home.
“When people are outside, the beautiful teak and the cushions become the background for people and their dressed up clothes and their food and wine,” says Linda. “I like that kind of approach to outside, because you’re also looking at landscaping and the sky. The furniture is beautiful and durable, and it works in this area of the world. You want it to always look good and really be comfortable.”
Sometimes the best spot for your outdoor retreat is a sun-splashed area. If you’ll be enjoying your retreat during the day, even if it’s only on weekends, it’s worth investing in some kind of shade. A simple patio umbrella can cast enough shade for a table and chairs, or consider adding an awning to your home to shade a greater area. Other options for creating a cooling pool of shade include a permanent structure, like a pergola (add vines for color) or gazebo. For a portable shade option, check out pop-up canopy designs. You can also use a temporary canopy to help you determine where you might want to add a more permanent structure in future.
For free patio and porch decor, use stones from your yard or a piece of driftwood from the beach or lake. "You would be surprised to learn that you already have plenty of decor options right in your own backyard," says Atlanta designer Alice Cramer.
The picturesque spa/pool in this quaint, mountain backyard is surrounded by low, maintenance desert plants and comfortable patio furniture, allowing for visitors to enjoy the pool, even if they don't enjoy being in the pool.
Colorful indoor outdoor pillows bring tropical colors into this relaxing space. Moroccan lanterns and breezy curtains carry on in tropical style, while woven patio furniture invites guests to linger under the ceiling fan. Window screens keep out the bugs, making this a true oasis.
This outdoor sitting area features thick blue seat cushions on chocolate brown wicker furniture with matching side table and cushioned coffee table. The blue and brown contrast with the neutral tile flooring. Pattern pillows add a hint of orange, and a yellow blanket provides a large swatch of color.
This spacious brown wicker patio furniture boasts colorful lime green cushions paired with bold red and orange throw pillows. A round table with a brown granite top sits at the center, while neutral Terrazzo tiles cover the patio floor.