Favorite Outdoor Rooms

Turn your patio, porch, or deck into a comfortable outdoor room with all-weather furnishings, low-maintenance materials, and your favorite garden collectibles.

 

Outdoor Fireplace

A tiled stone floor and cushy seating turn this space into an outdoor room. A pink flower arrangement on the table adds a bright pop of color.  The raised hearth lets you see the fire from the patio and inside the house.

Patio Dining

This patio area feels like a cafe with a round bistro table and four chairs.  Pillows add comfort to the vintage chairs, and small plants create a simple centerpiece.  Potted plants surrounding the table add more greenery.

Secret Garden Patio  This enclosed garden features 8x10-foot leaded glass windows found at an estate sale and installed in deep trenches supported by rebar.  A long table with a sunflower centerpiece sits atop a gravel floor.  Flowers and vines drape the entry, creating a secluded retreat.

     Patio Chairs Adirondack chairs area a favorite addition to a country patio.  Bright bunches of flowers compliment this cozy seating area, and a white parasol offers shade and a touch of whimsy.  Pot flowers in galvanized pails to bring this casual look to your patio.

 

Outdoor Table for Two           Reclaimed cobblestones from a local stone yard create a path to this backyard patio.  Custom-made wooden shutters frame original, leaded glass windows and serve as a backdrop to the round, white table and wooden bistro chairs.

Flea Market Style

This patio is filled with meal, wicker, and wood pieces that will develop crack-and-peel textures as they weather.  An old bureau becomes a buffet; seating comes from a mix of second hand chairs.  For quick color, use vintage cloths or drapery panels to cover throw pillows.

Outdoor Dining

A wisteria-covered arbor offers the perfect setting for outdoor dining with stunning views.  Linen runners cover a well worn wood table.

Eco-Friendly Terrace

A stone-topped table and folding bistro chairs offer flexible open-air dining.  The stamped and stained concrete patio looks like real stone but is less expensive, eco-friendly, and easy to maintain.  A green birdcage is a striking centerpiece.

Eclectic Outdoor Seating

A pedestal cut from an old column supports this oversized patio table.  A plastic sofa sets an unexpected place at the tale, and a giant hanging lantern and warm fireplace create a mix of outdoor and indoor design.

Back Porch Design

A candle-powered garden chandelier illuminates the back porch at night, and turns the space into a dreamy getaway.  Use wicker furniture outdoors to set a lighter, more casual mood than heavy wood furnishings.  Old birdcages and floral pillows complete the quaint, cottage space.

Relaxing Outdoor Room

Homey touches, such as a cotton carpet, pendant lamps, and a generously-sized fireplace bring the comforts of home outdoors.  A teak love seat and matching armchairs form a cozy conversation area.  Pillows in graphic prints add a splash of pattern and color.

Comfortable Outdoor Room

All-weather chairs, ottomans, and a chaise sofa make this outdoor room a cozy destination.  A pair of candelabras mounted above the gas fireplace makes the space feel as comfortable as any living room.  Colorful plastic rugs layered over stone patio are weather-resistant and soft underfoot.

    

Nature Inspired Outdoor Room

 Look for classic wicker in fresh natural colors, such as this pale sage green, to blend in rather than fight the landscape.  A circular arrangement of four hairs provides flexible seating.  Indoor amenities, such as the fireplace and wet bar, move outside for year-round entertaining.

 

 

Reprinted from Better Homes and Gardens

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