Essentials for Creating Outdoor Living Spaces

Many people have a small patio set to enjoy the warmer weather, but not many homeowners realize the true value in creating complete outdoor living spaces. Outdoor living spaces can bring friends and family together in a new way, inviting them to an environment to embrace nature in comfort.

Your outdoor living space should be an extension of your indoor décor style, and there are many furnishings to choose from. We’ve chosen two of our favorites, Contemporary Courtyard and Spanish Villa. The Front Door will also show you how to add the finishing touch with outdoor accents.

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Contemporary Courtyard

If your design aesthetic is fashion-forward and you enjoy the look of clean lines and classic styling, the Contemporary Courtyard look may be for you. The resin wicker trend is extremely popular right now, and has been spotted on the patios of many celebrity homes, including Kyle Richards of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ mansion.

We understand the appeal of woven resin wicker, as it is not only extremely stylish, but it is practical as well. Resin wicker looks very similar to rattan, but resin wicker is actually made of synthetic polyethylene fiber, which is very durable and resistant to the sun’s UV radiation and water. Because of the material’s properties, this makes resin wicker the perfect solution for outdoor furniture, naturally weatherproofing it from rays and rain.

Combining resin wicker with sophisticated cream cushions, Furniture Row’s Brookstone Patio Collection is the perfect choice for creating your own contemporary courtyard. We love that this set looks so much more like indoor furniture than other patio sets do. By combining the plush sofa, loveseat (3), lounge (5), ottoman (1), and chair (2) with the group’s coffee and end tables, you can have a true al fresco living room!

Versatility

This style of patio living is also very versatile. You can add pops of color with pillows, throws, dishware, planters, pots, and other accents, or leave it classic and neutral, letting the great outdoors take the spotlight. These pieces transition seamlessly from day to night, providing a casual retreat in the sun with the kids, and offering upscale elegance at a social gathering beneath the stars. From grubbing on barbeque to sipping on wine, the experiences are endless around the elegant dining group (6).

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Spanish Villa

If you prefer decorating with European-inspired elements of style, the Spanish Villa could be the look you’ve been waiting for. Global inspiration has always been evident in interior design, and Spanish revival is right on-trend. Featuring awesome archways, terracotta roofs, bubbling fountains, and tower-like chimneys, this aesthetic is cultivated and dignified.

The Castilla Patio Collection by Furniture Row is our pick for the Spanish Villa outdoor living space. The balance of ornate scrolled ironwork and sophisticated tiling will make you never want to return indoors! Although we chose to show only a few special items from the collection, the group is vast, and you can mix and match pieces to create a custom outdoor living space for your home.

Similar to the styling of the Contemporary Courtyard, try adding a couch (5), loveseat, chair (6), coffee table (4), and end tables, to your patio to make it feel like a open-air living room. The fluted metal frames of these intricate pieces have a rustic shine, almost appearing sun-kissed. The tufted back cushions on some of the seating, gives the collection a fresh, updated vibe. The dining group (1) in our Spanish Courtyard is special because the center of the table also functions as a fire pit. Many traditional Spanish patios bring fireplaces to their space, and this gorgeous table brings flame-side flair to dining!

Create Shade

For those extra sunny days, you’ll need a patio umbrella (2). It’s important to balance out your outdoor living space with shade, allowing friends and family to feel comfortable in warmer weather. For even more shade, consider extending your roofline, adding an awning or hardscape structure, installing a fabric canopy, building a veranda or pergola, or working with your trees.

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The Finishing Touch

To make your outdoor living space feel right at home, be sure to add outdoor pillows and rugs. Look for materials that are UV stabilized to protect them from fading from the sun’s rays. It’s also smart to look for accents made of weather friendly materials, so they can not only withstand the elements, but also so they can be hosed off when they need to be cleaned. We’ve created four mix-and-match choices of coordinating outdoor accents to take the guesswork out of design!

  1. Red-Carpet Treatment
    1. Karavia Stripe Rug
    2. Riviera Ogee Tomato Rug
    3. Solid Pillow
    4. Nantucket Floral Pillow
    5. Cabana Stripe Pillow
  2. Mediterranean Fun in the Sun
    1. Riviera Stripe Rug
    2. Rivera Links Yellow Rug
    3. Dimensional Solid Pillow
    4. Moroccan Pillow
    5. Multi-Stripe Pillow
  3. A Bolt from the Blue
    1. Riviera Stripe Indigo Rug
    2. Riviera Ogee Indigo Rug
    3. Textured Pillow
    4. Awning Stripe Pillow
    5. Tuscan Floral Pillow
  4. Green with Envy
    1. Riviera Stripe Apple Rug
    2. Riviera Ogee Apple Rug
    3. Heathered Pillow
    4. Capri Stripe Pillow
    5. Ogee Pillow

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