"Fashions fade, style is eternal." - Yves Saint Laurent
Designer-Approved Patio Decorating Tips

~~Make your outdoor space even more welcoming with these ideas.

Bring the Indoors Outdoors

Let your personal style spread to your outdoor space. “You want your outdoor space to feel as luxe and comfortable as your indoor space,” says interior designer Nate Berkus. “I like to bring a rug out, to help create an environment your guests will love. And move indoor furniture and accessories outside because you want your patio to be an extension of how you live.” Berkus also suggests adding personal touches like throw blankets draped over chairs, framed photos, votives or lanterns, and greenery.

Mix and Match

“Don't be afraid to eschew the patio set!” says interior designer Olivia Brock of Torrance Mitchell Designs. “Pick and choose different furniture and fabrics for the patio the same way you would inside your home.” Think brightly colored chairs with a printed umbrella, or various pillows with interesting patterns and accents.

Hang Curtains

You can commit to indoor-outdoor living—and make your patio feel like another room in your house—by enclosing it. “Upgrade your patio by adding a pergola and curtains to create a semi-enclosed space,” says interior designer Sarah Vaile of Sarah Whit Interior Design. Close the curtains for some privacy, or when you want to relax and take a nap—it can become an intimate sanctuary.

Don’t Forget About Scale

"No one wants a space to feel sparse,” interior designer Meg Lonergan says. “Even if the area is small it's okay to have oversized items such as pillows on your sofa or big planters with big plants.” Fewer, but larger items make a small space feel bigger, as opposed to a cluttered space with a lot of smaller furniture pieces and accents. 

Fri, July 29th 2016
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