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Casual Porch and Patio Dining

Enjoying meals outside is one of the perks of summer. Get inspired to create the perfect setting for a summer full of alfresco dining.

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    • Unexpected Mix

      A rustic, farm-style table is paired with two white modern chairs and a contemporary outdoor love seat. A cool color palette of wood tones, white, and green make the three pieces work together and the juxtaposition of styles adds visual interest to the dining area. 

    • Elegant and Eclectic

      A table topped with chalk paint gives kids a fun drawing surface while corbeled table legs bring a certain elegance to the mix. A color palette of charcoal gray, white, and brown keep this patio feeling sophisticated. A wiry chandelier gives the space a slightly vintage feel.

    • Industrial Touch

      A rustic wooden table and industrial-style chairs combine to form a dining area that has its own unique style. The straight lines of the table juxtapose the curves of the metal chairs which adds additional visual interest to this backyard dining space.

    • Petite Patio

      The perfect outdoor dining space can be created anywhere, even on a small apartment patio. Since the space is slightly small, the use of slim, clean-lined furniture is important to make the patio feel a bit more spacious. Splashes of purple provide just the right amount of relief from the mainly gray and green color palette.

    • Perfect Patina

      This screened-in porch feels quaint and cozy with several rustic and worn pieces. A farm table pairs up with patinaed chairs that are painted green. A weathered buffet is repurposed into a clever flowerbed.

    • Take a Seat

      On this small porch, a slim folding table is paired with white wooden benches that allow for several people to share a meal. A painted black floor adds contrast to the white benches, railing, and siding of the house and a contemporary light fixture gives the space a candlelit glow at night.

    • Splashes of Color

      This almost all-white porch is brought to life with small but powerful bursts of color. A coral throw pillow and director’s chair pair well with the remaining pillows in lime green, turquoise, and yellow. With these strategic pops of color, the mainly white space feels vibrant and fresh.

    • Keep It Simple

      Simple, geometric shapes make this screened-in porch feel modern and up-to-date. Bright red chairs add color to the scene while a gray floor helps to further define the space. A clean linen tablecloth gives the space a relaxed, beachy vibe.

    • Loud and Proud

      On this gray patio, a lime green table and bright blue folding chairs bring bold color into the picture. Since the furniture is slim and compact, the colors work to give the patio high impact without overpowering. Several plant containers scattered around the patio help the space feel organic and natural.

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      Calm and Cool

      A tranquil color palette of sage green and beige makes this patio a relaxing and peaceful space. A hearth with a vertical mirror and tall candelabras gives the area a homey feel while terra-cotta pots have a distinctly outdoor look. A rustic wooden table with a metal top brings in a dose of texture.

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      Spanish Flair

      A Spanish-style table and chairs add warmth to this small patio. Burlap sacks cover the backs of chairs for a unique and eclectic look. Tissue paper pom-poms bring a bit of whimsy to the space while matching perfectly with a striped table runner. A rustic stone floor finishes off the look and connects the patio to the garden.

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      Working with White

      This airy porch looks laid-back and relaxed thanks to an all-white color palette and a pair of traditional chairs. A small, round table with a simple white tablecloth brings the slightest amount of formality to the space. A petite chandelier helps to illuminate the scene after the sun goes down.

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      Basic Burlap

      A burlap cloth brings texture to this metal table and chair set and even adds some country character. Little touches like fresh flowers and a bucket used as a planter make this small space feel quite cozy.

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      Echo the Exterior

      A simple yet elegant dining set keeps this patio feeling sophisticated. The patio set and umbrella echo the colors of the home’s exterior; a classic beige and black color combo. A metal lantern adds some visual interest to the small scene.

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      Make It Complete

      Black woven wicker chairs contrast a simple, striped tablecloth. The fringed linen tablecloth of coral, yellow, turquoise, and ecru works to lighten up the space and make the scene not so serious. Turquoise glass vases and cups bring the right pop of color the table needs to be complete.

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      Tuscan Touch

      A Tuscan-style table is paired with weathered wicker chairs. The curved edges of the table legs and chairbacks help to make the pieces feel cohesive. A low built-in bench increases seating in this outdoor dining area. A brick pillar helps to support the porch roof and adds a bit of visual interest to the space.

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      Do-It-Yourself Outdoor Project Ideas

      Sprucing up your deck, patio, or yard just got an inspirational boost, thanks to these projects you can do yourself. They range from small and simple to more intricate and involved, and all are worthwhile to make the outdoors more livable and lively come spring.
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