10 Mediterranean-Inspired Outdoor Spaces

Bring Italian romance and luxury to your outdoor space with these simple ideas, from a warming fireplace to plant-covered trellises.

Intimate Outdoors

Everything about this space is naturally engaging. The marble tabletop displays a stunning centerpiece of fresh basil and colorful spring flowers surrounded by terra-cotta place settings. Guests can enjoy pleasant conversation while dinner is being prepared in a wood-fired pizza oven adjacent to the dining table. An artisanal wine carafe helps finish off an intimate, well-crafted evening. Design by Jamie Durie

Tuscan Experience

Tuscan roof tiles, climbing greenery and Old World-inspired fountains and fixtures make this Italian-style courtyard a charming and enchanting walk-through. Image courtesy of Gene Northup of Synergy Sotheby's International Realty

Formal Play

Designer Jamie Durie adds formal interest to this Italian-inspired backyard with grass and tile laid in a geometric pattern. Beyond the labyrinth-like pattern, the pool beckons through a trellised entry flanked by potted cypress trees.

Alfresco Above

A small, rooftop terrace provides the perfect place to take in the great outdoors. Terra-cotta pavers, Spanish tiles and stunning mountain views transport guests on a Mediterranean retreat. Potted herbs and shrubs enhance the Tuscan feel of the space. Design by Joan Grabel

resort style backyard ramada

Nighttime Paradise

An elegant trellis beckons entry to this outdoor retreat. Roses climbing the trellis posts harken back to the use of roses in traditional Italian gardens. Divisions between interior and exterior are kept fluid by using fabric curtains and stone flooring. Design by Morgan Holt

Fairchild white pergola

Great Escape

This eclectic, Italian-inspired patio uses playful elements to create a lively outdoor space. Shards of terra-cotta pavers are juxtaposed against gravel to delineate the alfresco dining area. A curtained gazebo provides an extra layer of privacy when needed. The colorful mosaic tile fountain pays further homage to Italy. Design by Katrina Leonidov Fairchild

flagstone steps form multi level terrace

Great Ascent

This flagstone stairway begins with wide, circular steps which narrow as they approach the lounging area at the top. Draping flowers spill over the edges of raised planters along the pathway for a stunning, all-natural look. Design by Joan Grabel

Mediterranean Sunset

Nothing says romance quite like Tuscan-inspired surroundings, a soft sunset and chilled wine. Tuscan roof tiles and furnishings bring the feel of Italy to this outdoor space. A rustic fireplace keeps this waterfront deck cozy and comfortable all year round. Design by Keith Summerour

Old World Appeal

Thick columns and a scored concrete floor set off this dining area from the garden and pool area. Soft roses on the Old World columns, combined with hanging foliage, create a romantic and welcoming canopy to this outdoor space. Design by Morgan Holt

Outdoor Treasure

The golden stucco exterior of this Tuscan-style home provides a rich backdrop for an outdoor bar and eating area. Luscious climbing greenery further blurs the lines between indoors and out, providing a natural, romantic outdoor space. Design by Joan Grabel

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