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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4. English Garden
A traditional English garden is known for an abundant array of flowers surrounding a large green lawn, with romantic walkways and hideaway seating areas. The look is beautiful for traditional and historic home styles.

Furniture for an English garden is definitely traditional, Voyles says. "For this style I'd look to hardwoods and teak to get that 'antique bench in England' look." You'll need cushions and pillows made with outdoor fabric to keep rustic seating comfortable, Bartron says. "English style is often floral and chintzy, but you don't want the patio furniture to compete too much with the flower garden. Keep the patterns simple, such as a plain pastel fabric accented with a floral pillow," she advises.

Complete the look: An English garden space is naturalistic, often with lawn surrounded by lush floral borders, Bartron says. "If you're worried about water use, replace the lawn with hardscape or gravel and build the garden around it," she says. As to plants, "an English garden doesn't have to be all fluffy small flowers. Plant an eclectic mix of what grows in your region, with an eye toward full, lush plants with a lot of textural interest and variety."

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