3 Global-Inspired Outdoor Makeovers You Can Copy
Transform your deck or patio with just five elements.
If your patio is a blank slate other than a couple of chairs and a table, turning it into an inviting outdoor room can seem daunting — but it doesn’t have to be. Starting with a few basic pieces, designer Erica Reitman gave one patio three distinctive looks inspired by three spots around the globe: the South of France, Mexico and Morocco.
Believe it or not, all it took to perk up this patio was a few accessories like plants, pillows and rugs. See the three international-inspired makeovers below, and copy your favorite look at home with just five elements.
South of France
1: Bring a collected feel to your space with vintage picnic baskets. Stack a few on top of one another, and you've got an extra side table.
2: Add subtle color and scent with lavender and other flowering plants peeking out of baskets.
3: Give plain terra-cotta pots a timeworn look by faux whitewashing them.
4: Delicate floral patterns look chic yet relaxed. Incorporate them into your space on pillows, napkins and tablecloths.
5: A soft palette of cream, yellow and blue helps the whole look come together. Let the colors pop with a natural jute or sisal rug.
1: Hardy plants like cacti and other succulents are commonly found in Mexico and are easy to care for. Place plain pots in baskets for added texture.
2: Add color and comfort underfoot with layered rag rugs.
3: Mexican textiles tend to be heavy on color and pattern. Bring this look into your space with plenty of bold patterned pillows.
4: Warm up your patio with a chiminea, traditionally used for heating and cooking in Mexico.
5: Finish with vibrant accents for added personality. Here, a pompom garland is strung over a vintage easel.
1: With their intricate designs, metal Moroccan lanterns can cast a gorgeous glow on your outdoor space. Pick up a few in various sizes and group them together.
2: Moroccan textiles are big on texture. This fringed pouf can be used as either an extra seat or a side table.
3: Inspired by traditional Moroccan motifs, trellis-patterned rugs are readily available at many price points.
4: Look for plush pillows with lots of embellishments: fringe, sequins, tassels. Stick to a neutral color palette for a unified look.
5: Dress up basic baskets with easy DIY tassels, and fill them with extra throws and blankets for chilly evenings.
3 Budget-Friendly Facelifts
If you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor space but don’t want to spend a lot of cash, we have three makeovers inspired by three different countries — Mexico, France and Morocco — to help get some ideas flowing. We used existing furniture and simply added accessories, plants and curated decor to completely transform the look of this patio.
Fun details bring some personality and vibrancy to the outdoor space. A colorful pom pom garland is simply strung across a vintage easel and paired with a large succulent plant. On chilly nights you can hang cozy blankets on the rungs of the easel to switch up the look even more.
Include a few standout pieces in your outdoor decor. This faux cattle head acts as a piece of outdoor art when simply leaned against the wall next to some colorful pillows and succulents. A large vintage wooden bowl serves as a faux planter for a cactus.
Look #2: South of France
Floral linen napkins and delicately ruffled bowls and dishes are another great choice for creating the French vibe. Simple bud vases with delicate flowers will look great on your faux table, created with the two wicker stools.
Whitewashed terra-cotta pots and ceramic pitchers work together to set the scene. Start out with a few creamy pillows and add to your collection over time. Yellow and blue is a classic color scheme that also feels very French. Learn how to whitewash terra-cotta pots >>
Flowering plants peeking out of a basket is an easy addition to make to any outdoor space. Purchase a number of plants and group them together inside a basket, and use them in several spots around your patio. A simple small chair is an easy addition to any of your existing furniture.