The garden courtyard terrace of this Point Lorna, California, villa home is decorated with subtle pool furniture in neutral tones that complement the property's minimalist design and allow the natural surroundings of the lush garden, with its verdant floral and topiary features, to color to the space. Wicker chairs and chaise longues feature plush striped cushions which highlight the earth tones of the building's facade while blue umbrellas reflect the daytime sky and swimming pool below.
This beach home looks beautiful in the evening light. A patio connects from the house to a gray, slate pool deck. Brown wicker lounge chairs beckon for visitors to relax by the clear, blue water. An umbrella is ready to provide shade during the sunny afternoon hours.
Trees, shrubs and planted ornamental grasses create a natural and textural border around this pool patio. A raised hot tub wall features a natural stone finish matching the stone used for the retaining wall. Open patio room leaves space for lounge chairs and umbrellas to enjoy poolside relaxing.
Between two open, contemporary living rooms sits a cozy outdoor retreat. Open to the sun above, the pebble courtyard has privacy from two-story hedges on both sides. Sliding glass doors throughout the home allow for unobstructed views of the water and cityscape.
The minimalist swimming pool features a shallow sundeck, perfect for relaxing in the pool and under the large patio umbrella. The home opens up to the outdoors to create a blended space that's perfect for entertaining.
Four cushioned lounge chairs line the far edge of the pool, with two umbrellas overhead to add a touch of shade. Meanwhile, hydrangea bushes and other eye-catching plants form a natural backdrop that smells just as wonderful as it looks.
A round stone fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs creates the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows in this backyard. During the hotter months, a refreshing swimming pool with lounge chairs and an umbrella attracts the sun-lovers.
A flagstone patio wraps around a blue-tiled hot tub that dumps into a larger swimming pool. A white umbrella shades a portion of the hot tub ensuring guests have a comfortable place to relax. A tropical cabana that houses lounge furniture is tucked behind palm trees and tropical foliage.
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.