Cozy, transitional style is carried outdoors with this colorful sitting area designed by Brian Patrick Flynn. The deck rail is dressed up by several baskets of flowers, while a bright blue rug adds color and comfort beneath the upholstered sectional.
"Maximize your living space by creating usable outdoor rooms," says Rhoda Vickers of the Southern Hospitality blog. "With the right combination of outdoor seating, pillows, shade and colorful planters, you can turn any patio into an outdoor oasis."
Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.
Looking out from the upper deck allows visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the plains and mountains. By keeping the pavilion and deck within the same neutral palette, the TLC Gardens team ensured that this outdoor space stayed true to its surroundings.
This courtyard's club chairs and sofa, fashioned from recycled plastic lumber, are topped with marine-grade, Sunbrella-upholstered cushions. The pliable, antifungal and antibacterial cube tables are fashioned from shredded rubber, then colorized with organically-mined dyes.
This covered porch from the HGTV Dream Home 2012 provides ample space for entertaining. Sturdy, solid aluminum furnishings are paired with cushions covered in stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant performance fabric. The chocolate upholstery color complements the bold, graphic, all-weather area rug.
A picture-perfect pool house creates an ideal spot to entertain in the backyard of this rural home. The pool house is sheltered from the elements, yet open, giving guests a spot to lounge out of the sun or enjoy a meal. Lush greenery frames the bucolic scene.
This seating arrangement was designed to create good conversation amongst friends. These fun textural chairs are from a local box store and add a pop of color along with the fun outdoor pillows. Tip: Good things come in pairs. Don't be afraid to double up on the same chair to give the room the perfect balance it needs.
Striped fabric helps create shade under this patio pergola. The pergola provides the perfect spot to lounge poolside, entertain family and friends, and take in the scenery in this Hamptons-inspired backyard.
The East Coast roots of this Cape Cod-style home are complemented by a Hamptons-inspired backyard. A shaded pergola offers a perfect spot for relaxing or entertaining, while lounge chairs serve up a little poolside seating.
Outdoor furnishings as beautiful as their indoor counterparts make for a sophisticated but comfortable patio area. Red throw pillows look vibrant against the lush green lawn; the animal print ones add a playful punch pulled from nature. The pillows can be changed out with the seasons or on a whim for a completely different feel.
This wide view of the covered porch shows the different seating options available. The porch also includes two smart fans with an internal temperature sensor (operable by wall switch or smartphone) that increases or decreases the spin speed of the fan to keep the porch at the desired temperature.
“The front porch is about 8 feet deep by roughly 20 feet wide,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “It’s enough to function as an outdoor room.” An all-weather rug, teak sofa and colorful coffee table carve out the conversation area.