Tidy, comfortable, and eye-catching, these petite patios, decks, and outdoor rooms show how to give a big welcome to family and friends alike.
Create an ultracomfortable space by adding the same luxuries you enjoy in your living room. Furniture with plush cushions provides a great place to relax. A stylish indoor-outdoor light fixture suspended from the ceiling makes the space usable after dark.
Give a small front porch big personality with these simple ideas to add space, style, and function.
Include a large patio umbrella in your outdoor-room decor. Besides offering much-needed shade to an unprotected patio, it provides a nice vertical element and brings in color overhead. Here, the bold blue of the umbrella and matching chair cushions add the perfect pop of color to the relatively neutral patio.
Ensure you use your patio by placing it where you can get to it easily. This patio is extra convenient as it’s sited just a couple steps down from French doors leading inside. A mix of stone and wood create a layered look.
Need a relaxing escape? Build one in your own backyard. This outdoor room features French doors, suspended divided-light windows, and a corrugated-metal roof—creating the impression of a fully enclosed space. Inside, a bed offers the perfect spot for an afternoon nap.
A child’s dream come true, this playhouse features a front porch complete with a bistro table and chair, a flower box, and a string of colorful lights.
Construct a simple wood-slat wall to add privacy or create multiple rooms within your outdoor space. This wall features a practical integrated bench and a window to visually connect the two spaces.
Add beauty and function to your outdoor space with a distinctive gazebo. This eight-sided room features soft wraparound bench seating and an ottoman to maximize comfort and usability.
Green plantings serve as the artwork in this simple outdoor space. Potted shrubs dot the perimeter, while vines climb over the pergola in the background—adding extra shade.
Give your outdoor space a classic, carefree look with a simple metal table and comfy wicker chairs. Those furnishings are the perfect choice for this farmhouse porch with scenic country views.
Mediterranean-style homes often feature porches, patios, and courtyards surrounded by lush plantings. To unite the landscape with the Mediterranean flavor of the house, a variety of plantings soften this transition from the house to the patio. Keeping with the style, the patio is composed of stone pavers and gravel.
Truly connect your indoor and outdoor living spaces by extending your home’s roofline to create a shady outdoor room. Here, the overstuffed outdoor furniture and chandelier further emphasize the effect.