Know what’s better than a seemingly endless winter? That’s right, sipping lemonade or sweet tea as you bask in the sun comfortably on a chaise lounge. As longer days and warmer temperatures return, show spring and summer you’re playing for keeps with an update to your green space.
Unlike interior design, outdoor design conveniently has nature and its colorful palette to showcase its beauty and serve as the backdrop for outdoor living. No paint swatches needed here. To help you make the most of this extended living space from spring through fall, consider these design themes for inspiration. As always, the emphasis is on creating a beautiful and comfortable home inside and out.
- Beach Retreat – From Cape Cod to the Outer Banks, the overall vibe is less is more. Designed with the elements of sun, surf and sand in mind, coastal living (or at the least the feel of it) is closer and cozier than you think, thanks to the elegant patio furniture of Kingsley-Bate. Use neutral tones and crisp whites to play up the streaming sunlight. Add sturdy tables and chairs made from textured materials like teak, aluminum and wicker to conjure up timeless style. UV and water-resistant fabrics covering toss pillows and patio umbrellas preserve their color and feel, season after season. Finally, to punch up the deck design, we say bring in the blue—as a bold pattern or in toned-down shades in textiles or accessories—as a wink to the sky and ocean.
- Garden Party – You’re invited to be transported to your own slice of enchantment with just a few steps outside your door. While the flora and fauna act as the canvas, the style options from the traditional English garden (think quaint cottage) and bohemian-inspired country living to a contemporary Zen retreat fill in the landscape. The Three Coins patio collection is ideal for entertaining a party of one and hosting late night alfresco dinner guests. Made in the US, Three Coins tables, chairs and accessories crafted in colorful finishes and cast in aluminum ensure durability while providing the perfect amount of pop to compliment nature’s finest.
- Summer Camp – Restore the magic of camp and reconnect with your family and friends with this outdoor design. Set the stage for a walk down memory lane with s’mores and great storytelling from sectional seating or benches around a fire pit. Make a splash in and out of the pool with the addition of Summer Classics’ eco-friendly poolside furniture and the introduction of vibrant, water-resistant seat cushions, pillows and rugs to your deck. Create a grassy courtyard to beckon play time for the young and young at heart. We love the look of lanterns positioned along a terrace or the glow of a candlelight chandelier over a rustic dining table as evening settles in. Giggles into the night guaranteed.
Now that winter has released its chilly grasp, it’s time to open the patio doors and live a little, no, live a lot more, in the open air.