Guest post from: RST Brands Outdoor Furniture
There is nothing like spending some time outdoors, even if that time is spent in your own backyard. For many of us, if not all, there is an intrinsic connection we feel when surrounded by nature which makes us truly feel at home with ourselves.
As you think about your outdoor space and how you can optimize it to correlate with your own internal needs and desires, some aspects to accomplish this sense of well-being is to dress your backyard space as lovingly as you dress your interiors. This means making good use of whatever space you have, furnishing the space with comfortable and energetic pieces, and deliberating on the details.
Here we’ve collected a handful of patio design ideas (and specific suggestions) that work well for mirroring your interior style aesthetic in your exterior home design.
A Mid-Mod Nod
With such serious style this era offers, there is no need to keep all the good stuff stuffed indoors. You may want to keep your wonderful woods and warm wools protected inside your home, but there is plenty of plastic and plaster to keep you smack in the middle of decades past while lounging on your back patio.
- Colors and Energy: Blend warm, earthy tones such as avocado, mustard, and melon. The energy here is simplicity, appreciation for craftsmanship, and futuristic.
- Furnishings and Fittings: Anything with simple lines and pure forms will work well. Try swivel chairs, abstract wall art, and a fire table for a comfortable spot. Adding a bar cart is a must!
Some like to be surrounded by their special items and some prefer a sparse space. For those who sit in the second category, boldly embrace your true minimalistic nature.
- Colors and Energy: Neutrals are best known for being minimal by design but be sure to offset the plainness with plenty of visual texture and hand feel. An interplay of light and shadow can give an artful calmness to otherwise bare surfaces.
- Furnishings and Fittings: Emphasize both form and function when deciding on the few pieces you decide to strategically place. A simple sitting area setup and side table for a snack or libation will usually suffice. Suspended shade sails are a sleek way to seek sanctuary from the sun.
If high end, high living is more your jam, don’t leave your backyard hanging! Get in on all the gorgeous action with fabulous furniture that expresses your unabashed bias toward all things luxurious.
- Colors and Energy: Jewel tones tend to reign as well as the dramatic mix of contrasting black and white. The energy tends to sway confidently.
- Furnishings and Fittings: Gold, bronze, brass, and silver finishes rule when used on coffee tables or chair legs. Loungers are fit for royalty, especially with supple touches such as silk and fur throw pillows and blankets.
Hostess with the Mostest
Your pretty outdoor patio is the perfect place to throw a party. Whether you love to gather a few close friends together or entertain your entire neighborhood, you’re known for fun.
- Colors and Energy: Anything goes but bright colors tend to stand out amongst the crowd. Choose to use the colors either sparingly in the details for more intimate gatherings or don’t be afraid to go all out in order to make a statement and bring in an upbeat vibe.
- Furnishings and Fittings: Large sofa sectionals, long dining tables, and a fully stocked bar are exactly what you need to get the party going…and keep it going all night long.
An intimate garden setting where you can feel yourself unwinding while being surrounded by nature is exactly what you need for feeling your best.
- Colors and Energy: Pastels and plenty of pretty patterns are right at home here. A relaxed, romantic energy fills the air and is reflected in your calm mood.
- Furnishings and Fittings: A bistro set fits perfectly among the potted plants as does a hammock. Don’t forget a romantic fire pit!
Try one of these outdoor patio styles on for size and you might just be surprised at how big of a difference it makes in your overall happiness at home.
Author bio: Matt Grimm works with RST Brands. At RST Brands, we design solutions that make life simpler and more beautiful. From organizational tools to indoor and outdoor furniture, we put the science and soul of great design into everything we make.