Different Strokes for Different Folks: Creative Outdoor Spaces

Style has become an important staple of outdoor living. Homeowners are abandoning the idea of concrete slabs and uncovered wood decks for more sophisticated spaces, complete with design themes and motifs that help enhance creative outdoor spaces. 

Patios, decks, and backyards are being transformed into outdoor kitchens, fire-warmed conversation pits, elegant al fresco dining areas, and even home theaters. No longer satisfied with the standard barbeques of yesteryear, people are sparking a trend in elaborate outdoor parties complete with gourmet meals and signature drinks. Many want an upscale, elegant outdoor space to match.

Top outdoor furniture designers are meeting those demands with increasingly sophisticated patio furniture and accessories with specific styles and themes in mind. For example, Jamie Durie, outdoor furniture designer and host of HGTV’s The Outdoor Room, along with other designers such as Joseph Vassallo, Scott Cohen, Lori Dennis, and Meg Caswell, are now offering a wide array of styles to compliment any décor and taste.

There are many advantages of choosing a theme or style for your outdoor space. A patio or deck can look cluttered and in disarray if furniture and accessories are haphazardly purchased without a design plan. Since choosing outdoor materials, furniture, and accessories can be overwhelming, a theme can simplify your options. Sticking to one style will also help you design an outdoor space that reflects a unified and refined appearance.

In the next few weeks I take a look at some design themes that can work in every outdoor space, with the proper preparation and creative flair:

  • Traditional: If you like classic furniture pieces, symmetrical arrangements, and rich color schemes, this style may be for you.
  • Mediterranean: From terracotta tiles to old-world fountains to intricately wrought iron trellises, the Mediterranean influence has never been more popular.
  • Contemporary: The perfect theme for those seeking a sleek and eclectic look.
  • Country: Casual, and cozy, the country look is all about comfort and charm.
  • Eco-Friendly: Green materials, sustainable patio furniture, and eco-friendly textiles will transform your patio or deck into a natural and environmentally-friendly space.
  • Cottage: This beloved style typically includes soft colors, feminine floral fabrics, and vintage character.
  • Bohemian: This creative theme includes a mix of vibrant colors, different textures, and whimsical design.

Creating an outdoor space where your family and friends can relax doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Take full advantage of the growing options in amenities and design to create the ultimate outdoor haven to usher in the summer season.