To style an outdoor space with charm and character often requires a different decorating approach than indoor design. Choosing a central theme, whether it is seaside oasis, cottage country or elegant refuge, is a smart and strategic way to outfit a patio that is ripe for entertaining. Adding the right furnishings, accessories and décor to fit the theme can create a beautiful and enchanting outdoor setting.
Here are some tips and tricks to design a dynamic destination spot in your own backyard.
Creating a warm and inviting seating area for guests to enjoy is often a matter of adding an abundance of lighting with a fireplace, candles and string lights as ideal options. A contemporary wicker patio seat with a coffee table is perfect for lounging and conversing. Extra garden trimmings like potted and hanging plants give an upgraded patio even more panache. Blankets, pillows and indoor lamps intensify incentive for relaxation under the stars.
A gazebo-style poolside patio offers a perfect spot for hosting a gathering of friends and family. A wrought iron patio set is the perfect addition to a countryside courtyard. Decorating with flowers in pitchers and pots creates an idyllic Tuscany-like vacation vibe. A nearby table with a large umbrella is ideal for a holiday or party with lots of food and wine.
A patio doesn’t have to subscribe to old school design and be a catchall for gnomes and tacky flamingo accessories. For a luxurious space for guests to savor, a relaxed backyard with sofa seating is the perfect compliment to a modern home. A salvaged chandelier, large wooden coffee table and cutesy country knick-knacks make this space feel polished and inviting.
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