Take advantage of a privacy screen or wall separating your patio from neighbors. Hang lanterns, which can cast a glow at night without taking up floor or table space on a patio. Thrift shop for used wire lanterns or globes, spray paint then any shot of color you desire and add candles. A hanging glass lantern project is one that even beginner DIYers can handle.
A variety of flowers bring color to the stone patio and pathways surrounding this rustic lakefront home. Trees surround the property providing privacy without sacrificing the beautiful views of the lake.
This covered patio — one of the home's many outdoor living areas — overlooks a breathtaking view of the infinity pool and lake beyond. Cozy cushioned seating ensures the space is fit for long nights of relaxation and conversation.
Wide doorways throughout this sprawling Newport Coast, California, estate open the interior spaces to a series of covered and uncovered patios and courtyards. The entire home is designed for easy entertaining, and also to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor setting and panoramic ocean views. Here, a traditional lantern complements the Mediterranean architecture and contrasts nicely with contemporary and clean-lined furnishings.
The covered outdoor kitchen means it’s always a good time to grill even if it’s a typical rainy Pacific Northwest day. An open seating area with roomy Adirondack chairs and coffee table keeps the focus on outdoor living.
A roomy hot tub is perched just off the beach at this modern Malibu beach house. The connecting patio features gray tile floors and a built-in bench that lines the perimeter, offering ample seating for guests to enjoy the sweeping ocean view.
A low wall divides this Washington patio from its sweeping waterfront vista. A weathered wood table offers outdoor dining for six, while a nearby hot tub is perfectly sited to take advantage of the gorgeous view.
A well-lit landscape should have both functional and decorative light fixtures. In this outdoor space, wall sconces on the house provide adequate illumination for entertaining, while the garden fixtures and the lights strung through the trees bring a whimsical feel to the patio at night.
Just around the corner from the dining area, two wicker armchairs give the owners another spot to read or relax. With flowers all around and the warm glow of lights in the distance, the space is truly enchanting.