The terraced rear patios of this traditional home create multiple areas for outdoor entertaining. Built-in planters against the lowest level help to soften the hard edges with the use of grasses, Cape rush, Heuchera and Japanese maples.
This open-concept living space features clean lines, white walls and modern lighting, paired with a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings. A wall of windows opens the space almost completely to the pool and patio beyond.
This bright and open living room features French doors that lead to the balcony patio, a fireplace flanked by topiary trees and a pair of wingback chairs. Elegant lines and sophisticated patterns give the space a traditional feel.
Adding red cushions to outdoor dining chairs creates a vibrancy that comes from the contrast against trees and plants. The traditional iron scrollwork of the chairs and table bring an unexpected yet fun sense of formality to the patio gathering space.
This beautifully landscaped courtyard includes an arched arbor and stone pathway that leads to a covered patio and outdoor dining area surrounded by container plants and tall topiaries. Traditional chandeliers are covered in leafy vines to continue the garden look.
This bright and open traditional kitchen features all-white cabinetry, neutral countertops and doors that lead to the back patio, allowing plenty of light to flow through the space. Stylish pendants add a touch of pizzazz to the room.
A traditional white pergola above the patio will one day be snaked by climbing roses, bringing additional shade to this poolside retreat. Stone steps lead to a cozy pool house that complements the Cape Cod-style home.
Large stone pavers spaced throughout the grassy backyard create a contemporary, geometric walkway. Stacked stone archways lend an Old World feel to the home and line the covered patio. Ivy-covered columns and elegant landscaping add to the traditional atmosphere of the outdoor space.
The deck and patio span the length of the entire house so that almost every room has access to outdoor space with stunning views. In traditional Mediterranean style, the pool boasts stucco posts with fountains and diamond-patterned stone tile around the perimeter.
A front yard patio is designed to feel like and island and is uniquely softened by a peach and teal pebbles inlay that is flowing and textural. This modified traditional Balinese garden provides an oasis filled with tropical color and foliage, aromatic gardens, and an eastern motif.
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
Contrasting bright white molding and light green beadboard walls bring a touch of coastal flair to this traditional sitting area and adjacent kitchen. Natural light from an alcove of windows fills the space and lets nature in. A set of French doors leads out to a screened patio dining area providing plenty of space for entertaining.
Water is the key feature in this stunning backyard, inspired by traditional Islamic gardens. A stunning pool with fountain, lined in beautiful neutral tiles, provides a relaxing oasis from hot summer days. A rock garden with blue flowing urns set is set in manicured green grass. A black table and chairs sit on the flagstone patio.
The sloped property is maximized by terracing the backyard and creating a variety of outdoor spaces. The traditional-style building reflects the look of the main home and houses the mechanical equipment. The cozy fire pit area features built-in stone benches, while a grouping of Adirondack chairs sits on the patio to take in the warmth.
The villa is decorated with a refined British Colonial flair where traditional Balinese elements go hand in hand with elegantly appointed bedrooms with four-poster beds and exotic fabrics. This bedroom features a robin's-egg-blue wall color and vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams. The double doors allow for quick patio access, making for relaxing mornings cozied up outdoors with a cup of tea.
Adirondack chairs are timeless and evoke a cool, casual vibe. If you're looking for a traditional spin on your fire pit patio, consider adirondack chairs in punchy painted finishes. One thing to keep in mind is that adirondack chairs are deeper than other styles since their back legs extend far back with a deep pitch, so it's best to thoroughly measure the depth and width of your space before choosing them.
Using a black railing can fit with traditional or modern architecture of a patio or porch, and it can help the railing or a fence seem to fade away when you're trying to relax and enjoy the view. This black railing uses steel cables, but designer Mosaic Group Architects and Remodelers has recreated the look on a lower-end budget. It spray-painted a chain link fence black and found the result also is far less obvious than with silver.