Mix It Up
Creating a medley of styles makes for a less formal outdoor space. Try a neutral sofa or built-in-bench with loads of crisp pillows, then layer a carved wood table, some metal lanterns, and a beach sling chair.
Tip: Sometimes more is more. Adding tons of pillows in various sizes gives this patio a dreamy focal point.
Dine Under the Stars
If the sky won’t cooperate, make your own heavenly light in the form of multiple camp lanterns. Strung above a simple picnic table, they create outdoor lighting that’s just the right mix of romantic and rustic.
Tip: Try lining the perimeter of a porch or the ledges of a patio with lanterns for a similar effect.
Build an Alfresco Bed
A cushioned daybed loaded with patterned pillows and enclosed in a roofed cabana makes a perfect place for an afternoon nap. Floor-length curtains provide shade from the sun as well as privacy.
Tip: Replace the daybed with a table and fabric-covered ottomans for an instant outdoor dining room.
Let Nature Be the Star
In a smaller outdoor space, a lot of furniture and accents can seem chaotic. Instead, opt for two beautiful and simple pieces and fill the space with plants and flowers. Two Adirondack chairs in a dark brown blend nicely with the foliage.
Tip: Make sure to have plenty of candles in hurricanes or vases so you can enjoy your space long after the sun sets.
Keep It Simple
A foursome of chaise lounges or Adirondack chairs on a lawn or poolside creates a serene spot to get some sun and read. The only other furnishings you need are simple garden stools to hold your book and iced tea.
Tip: For some color and texture, add a pillow in an summery print, or drape a striped beach sheet on the back of each seat.