10 Relaxing (Restrained) Themes for Outdoor Rooms
Romantic lanterns and a brightly colored rug anchor this Middle Eastern–inspired sanctuary. Contemporary furnishings feel on point thanks to low seating heights and brightly colored pillows.
A few nautical details go a long way. Incorporate just a few art pieces, like glass fishing floats and knotted rope decor, to avoid feeling like a theme restaurant.
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Celebrate a green thumb by bringing your garden right into your outdoor room. The water feature and trellises behind this couch help create flow, but the main attraction is the vase brimming with cut blooms.
Dial back the details to keep your Southwestern-themed space from feeling overdone. Pick just one or two overtly themed accents, like the potted cacti and bright printed pillows shown here.
At this beachfront home, sandy neutrals get a kick from bright nautical stripes without competing with the ocean view. Deck your coffee table in driftwood, shells and sea glass arranged in a beautiful bowl to top off the look.
Let lush plantings speak for themselves with minimal furniture that can be easily moved under an awning during an afternoon thunderstorm. Nestle Asian-inspired stone figures into the greenery to create a Balinese vibe.
Celebrate the American flag by hanging one on your front porch, then echo the stars and stripes with a handmade quilt and matching pillow covers. Now all you need is an ice-cold glass of sweet tea and someone to keep you company on that porch swing.
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Tuck a tiki hut in a secluded corner of your property for a resort feel. While thatched roofs can last for 40 to 50 years, their longevity depends on materials and climate, so you may want to ask your installer about a longer-lasting synthetic alternative.
You don’t have to live in the desert to give a nod to this desert mecca of midcentury design. White furnishings with bright pops of color, a few cacti and a palm tree or two will go a long way toward creating the oasis you’ve been dreaming of.
Create a mountain-style escape at any altitude with rustic wood furnishings, wrought iron details (like the lanterns and chandelier here) and plenty of cozy faux-fur throws. A cluster of candles is all your coffee table needs for this style.