Oversized cushioned wicker chairs shaded by a muted umbrella, offer comfort before the outdoor fireplace – with inset birdhouse – constructed in multicolored stonework. A complementary walkway borders manicured rows of shrubbery which form a perimeter around beds of wildflowers. Accent pillows on the chairs draw from the color of the surrounding greenery.
The Mediterranean home seamlessly blends the indoors and out to create a space that's both family friendly and great for entertaining. An outdoor dining spot is shaded by a deep blue umbrella, while cozy seating areas are space throughout the patio. Speakers hidden behind the Japanese maple trees softly fill the air with music, while smart landscaping provides privacy.
This luxurious Connecticut estate is surrounded by a sweeping lawn and perennial gardens and located on a quiet cul-de-sac. The large backyard pool features a fountain and two sitting areas complete with an outdoor love seat, lounge chairs and an umbrella for relaxing in the shade.
This family wanted more living space, but didn't have a way to expand, so what better solution than to go outdoors? In this particular section of the space, the dining table, protected by a canopy of trees and a large umbrella, offers the family a cozy spot to enjoy their meals, and the water feature adds to the ambiance of the space.
Multiple levels of gardens and outdoor living space overlook a canyon hillside. The top level is a bluestone patio featuring raised beds and a lounge area with fire pit and sectional. A second level of perennial gardens jut out from the wall. Below that, a rounded terrace features chaise lounges and a sun umbrella in shades of turquoise and green.
A string of twinkling lights will add a little something special to any outdoor space, but vintage-style lights with exposed filaments go the extra style mile. Edison String Lights, $39.95 from CB2, add a fun party attitude to decks and patios and look great wrapped around an outdoor umbrella.
On the lake side of this newly renovated home, designers incorporated a patio into the home's entertainment space. The large back patio space includes a dining table with an umbrella, making the space usable even on sunny and drizzly days, as well as a lounge area with a view of the lake. Leading off from the patio, a landscaped walkway gives the homeowners safe passage to the lake below.
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.
A bold fire engine red front door opens to the home's welcoming entry with mudroom area. Hooks on the wall for hanging outdoor items like coats, jackets and umbrellas and a custom built-in bench that provides a spot to change shoes make the entry organized and user-friendly. Removing walls and enlarging an existing narrow hallway that cut the entry off from surrounding spaces really opened things up and improved flow in this first floor of the home.
Each section of this patio offers a new texture to the design. Glass doors open from the home open on to a smooth, stained wood deck with steps descending to the yard. Long, rectangular stepping stones are separated by uniform rows grass and create the feel of movement from the deck to the outdoor dining patio. Light neutral stone flooring compliments the neutral tone of the home exterior while a blue table umbrella adds a bold pop of color.
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.