Outdoor Space Design Guide

Furnishing Your Outdoor Room

Whether you love sleek lines or traditional florals, get inspired by these four outdoor styles.

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3. Asian
The beauty of an Asian-style outdoor space is its clean simplicity, elegance and natural tranquility. It's an ideal look for a small patio or garden space.

"Asian-style outdoor furniture can be contemporary with clean lines, or rustic, like tree stumps cut and finished as stools," Bartron says. "The first style is elegant and abstract, and the second is naturally-inspired."

Complete the look: Asian plants like camellias, Japanese maple, flowering cherries, evergreens and bamboo for a privacy screen or fence add understated lushness to the space. Small plants in beautiful Asian pottery can decorate the hardscape, Bartron says. A key element of Asian design is crushed stone pathways; Bartron likes a natural stone patio framed in a gravel walkway. Don't forget the water feature: a pond with koi fish is nice, but a simple tabletop water bowl evokes the same message of calm.

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