Outdoor-Room Design Styles

Check out these stunning design styles that range from English country to Southwest.

covered patio provides privacy and peace

Country: Dan Berger put a modern twist on rustic-country style when he designed this pergola by a babbling brook.

Asian Garden With Stepping Stones

Asian: Designs in this style depend on thoughtful positioning of simple elements. Here, rocks, water and plantings create a powerful statement of form.

Modern: Geometric patterns and pops of color give this patio an energetic look.

Eclectic: Color Splash host David Bromstad combined elements of art nouveau and reinvented some flea market finds to create this eclectic patio.

Mission-style woodwork accents this arbor and barbecue with a cast-glass concrete countertop, designed by Scott Cohen.

outdoor fireplace warms backyard living space

Mediterranean: The several different regional styles within this category all include the use of warm, earthy colors. This outdoor kitchen/family room features a built-in barbecue cook center with granite counters and potted herbs for easy access. Designed by Shirley Bovshow

pathway leads to backyard swing

English Country: Plants and simple-but-timeless hardscaping rule in this design style. The look can include cottage-type gardens, low boxwood borders, brickwork and wrought iron. This tee arbor creates a cozy sitting area off the main path in the garden. Designed by Dan Berger

tropical backyard landscaping

Tropical: A water element may or may not be present in this design style, but tender, big-leaved plants are a must. Red bananas and lady palms potted in cast concrete jardinieres bring splashes of color and a tropical flair to this garden. Designed by Heather Hardcastle

Orange-Cushioned Patio Furniture

Contemporary: Bold color and simple lines create this comfortable sitting area.

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Southwest: Warm tones, stone and terra cotta are givens in Southwest design. Here, the homeowner added an antique tractor as decor and conversation piece.

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