Furnishing Your Outdoor Room
Whether you love sleek lines or traditional florals, get inspired by these four outdoor styles.
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If your weather-worn patio furniture is past its prime, don't just pick up a new patio set and call it a day. With more furniture styles and outdoor fabrics to choose from than ever, you can create a one-of-a-kind patio style that extends your home outside. Mike Voyles, owner of Home Infatuation, an online outdoor furniture and accessories shop, and Stephanie Bartron, a garden designer and owner of SB Garden Design in Los Angeles, share their advice:
A contemporary look has clean, understated lines and a limited color palate with bold graphics. This style can liven up a generic ranch house, complement a modern home design or provide an interesting contrast to a historical house style that also boasts clean lines, such as craftsman.
When choosing contemporary furniture, look for metal designs or all-weather wicker with a sleek, sculptural design, says Voyles. If you prefer wood, go for teak, which tends to come in contemporary designs.
Complete the look: Throw down an outdoor rug in a bold abstract pattern and hang a piece of abstract outdoor art, Voyles recommends. Use big, bold, architectural plants in the garden and in bright glazed pots around the patio, says Bartron. "Any unexpected color combination is contemporary. I just did a patio with black powder-coated furniture and navy cushions."