Stylish and Functional Outdoor Dining Rooms

Dine outdoors tonight with tips and inspiration from top HGTV designers.

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May 14, 2015

Mediterranean Charm

Designer Molly Wood created this Mediterranean courtyard that's ideal for outdoor entertaining. The stucco fireplace is the focal point of the room, and centering the dining table in front of it creates classic symmetry. Tour the rest of this amazing outdoor room now.

Enchanting Victorian

Designer Heather Lenkin used neutral colors and historic details to create a romantic, inviting dining space. The gray arbor frames the adjacent fireplace, creating a focal point. The arbor also provides much-needed refuge from the California sun. Tour the rest of this enchanted garden now.

Japanese-Inspired Dining Area

An amazing Asian-influenced pergola was designer Emily Henderson's inspiration for this dining space. To create a collected look on a budget, she found mismatched thrift store chairs, painted them white, then added unifying cushions. Get more tips from Emily on how to create your own backyard dining area on a budget.

Old and New

The combination of Old World stonework and bright, modern furniture creates an interesting and inviting alfresco dining area. Photo courtesy Fernmob

Simple and Colorful

Already have a straight-from-the-box outdoor dining set? Dress it up like Emily Henderson did here with a bright, patterned tablecloth, outdoor throw pillows and a simple centerpiece. Get more of Emily's budget-friendly outdoor space tips now.

Enjoy the View

A neutral dining set and subtle plantings allow this space's best feature — the view — to take center stage. Photo courtesy Fernmob

Deidre Hall's Entertaining Porch

Days of Our Lives star Deidre Hall's covered porch is cozy enough to enjoy year round. The white table, walls and furniture slipcovers give it a unified, shabby chic look. Crystal candlesticks provide an unexpected touch of glamour.

Rustic Romance

A basket-weave canopy over this rough-hewn table creates an intimate dining atmosphere. Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz hung pillar candles from the canopy to create subtle mood lighting, and mismatched vintage chairs contribute to the casual yet elegant vibe.

Modern Coastal Chic

This Hamptons-inspired dining space is covered with a stick-straight canopy for partial shade. Banquette seating by the fireplace creates a toasty environment in which to enjoy meals year round. Design by Jamie Durie

Table for Two

Dining spaces don't have to be large enough to seat your entire circle of friends. This bright, distressed metal set is an ideal spot for breakfast outside. Design by Jamie Durie

Sunken Seating

Built-in banquette seating centered around a distressed wooden table creates a dining space where guests will want to linger all evening long. Design by Jamie Durie

Arts and Crafts-Inspired Table

Dark finishes and upholstery paired with clean lines give this dining pavilion an Arts and Crafts vibe. A weighty pendant lantern provides mood lighting after dark. Design by Jamie Durie

Organic Inspiration

A live-edge bench and reclaimed wood table set with bright, modern dishes invite you to sit down and stay awhile. Design by Jamie Durie

Island Style

Inspired by a trip to the Bahamas, designer Jamie Durie created this distressed dining table to mimic the look of driftwood. Rope-covered globes add beach style without being too cliche.

Anne Heche's European Dining Room

Actress Anne Heche and her husband asked Jamie Durie to transform their backyard from a too-sunny afterthought into an extension of their home. He delivered with a house-length pergola that ties the space together, complete with adjustable sunshades and a rustic dining table big enough for an outdoor dinner party.

Playful Color

This neutral gray, brown and white space is easily dressed up for a party with a colorful tablecloth, vibrant paper lanterns and a coordinating bouquet. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Southwest Style

The wide stone-and-metal pathway and tiered outer walls set this outdoor dining booth up to be a focal point. Blue throw pillows and seat cushions provide notice-me contrast to the Southwestern-style stone features. Design by Jamie Durie

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