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Whether it's an idyllic garden getaway or a breezy waterfront veranda, these inspirational ideas will help you make the most of your outdoor space.
Chinese Chippendale-style chairs give this garden an extra jolt with their bright red paint. Two circular tables juxtapose the hard, straight lines of the chairs. Setting the chairs in a circle makes the space feel slightly more intimate and private.
This combination dining and kitchen area is the perfect setting for a family meal. A hearth complete with a decorated mantel makes the space feel cozy while modern stainless-steel appliances ensure food will always taste just right. By keeping a neutral color scheme, the focus is on the nature surrounding the outdoor room.
Underneath this basic pergola, just a few pieces of furniture are necessary to create a stylish outdoor room. A metal love seat and chair set are durable enough to withstand changing weather. Throw pillows add in extra comfort and color, and contrast a white garden stool. Two matching planters are perfect to display gorgeous flower arrangements.
Here, a wall with a square cutout helps to define specific areas of this patio. A built-in bench makes for the perfect spot to kick back and relax without feeling completely cut off from the rest of the patio. The striped cushions and pillows have a modern look but don't distract from nature since they are in neutral hues.
White accessories and furniture with clean lines make this porch feel modern and sophisticated. A long bench adds lots of extra seating to the dining area, which boasts a chic beige-and-brown color scheme. White lanterns introduce a new shape into the space and are a fun touch to the patio. Potted trees and shrubbery bring just the right amount of green into the equation.
In this outdoor space, an archway with a wrought-iron gate helps to separate the front of the house from the backyard. A stone fireplace creates an ideal sitting place on breezy summer nights. Although the chairs have a modern look, they work with the rest of the space because of their dark color and Spanish-style patterned pillows.
A simple garden shed was transformed into an outdoor room that can be used year-round. Furniture in a multitude of shades and colors come together to make a room that is full of life and energy. Patterned curtains let just the right amount of light in on the far side of the shed while paper lanterns decorate the ceiling and add a touch of whimsy.
You don’t need vast amounts of space to create a comfortable outdoor room. Here, a love seat, rustic barrel side tables, and a trunk create the perfect small outdoor space. Drapery behind the love seat also helps define the space and softens the entire look.
Features like wide arches and exposed wooden beams give this porch major character. Keeping the furnishings simple helps to emphasize the porch's obvious assets. A patterned rug with its large print adds visual interest to the otherwise plain space. A simple fireplace is paired with a wooden beam mantel and large wall clock. Lanterns hang from the ceiling and rest on the floor to add a soft light when nighttime comes.
This outdoor kitchen comes complete with a built-in niche for the grill, open cabinets for easy storage, and counterspace to make prep work a breeze. Before creating an outdoor kitchen, think about how you will use the space and plan out specific spots for appliances and storage. Make sure all of the elements will be able to withstand changing weather so food can be served from your outdoor kitchen for years to come.