It doesn't really matter if you have a small patio, a large terrace or a roof deck — when outdoor spaces are designed and decorated well, they're the ideal spots to hang out and enjoy the summer weather. Here are the best outdoor rooms with vibrant colors, comfy cushions and beautiful design to inspire your next project.
White birch trees shade a and love seat on the rooftop terrace; the cushions and pillows are covered in .
A prefabricated greenhouse and garden shed, used for outdoor sleeping and a party pavilion, sits on a remote private island in Finland owned by product designer family. The shutters on the glass ceiling allow for temperature control. The floors of the shed are wooden, and it also features a spacious storage area.
The pergola with built-in benches, created by designer and architect for this
Wicker furniture sits on a terrace in this Netherlands home belonging to Marc de Laat and Daniel Beauchemin, who also designed the pergola covered in greenery.
The Massachusetts home.table, chairs and sectional are by and the cushions are covered in a in this
A Sonoma County, California home uses a shaded terrace as an outdoor room filled with chaise longues,
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One thing designer cannot live without is his outdoor dining room at his Los Angeles home — where he dines, lounges, grows food, entertains and works.
designed the landscape design and built-in banquette on this terrace, which overlooks Gramercy Park in New York. The chaise longue and dining chairs are by .
Plantings of boxwood, English ivy and magnolia provide shade and privacy on this New York City terrace, with an aluminum table and bench by , lanterns by , a screen made of cedar slats and a blue-stone floor.
On the terrace of a Pacific Palisades, California home, a light fixture from the 1950s hangs above the sofas and cocktail table, both by .
A fig tree provides shade in the courtyard, covered in polished plastered floor with two different seating areas. The dining table and stools are by , the lanterns are from a souk in the medina, the armchair is from and a cocktail table is covered with a .
For a Dominican Republic retreat, designed an imposing copper pendant light fixture; the chairs are upholstered in raffia and the table is a custom design.
Restaurateur Keith McNally decorated the front porch of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation home with bistro chairs arranged around a reclaimed-wood table.
In a tranquil corner of a rambling Bel Air, California, estate, designer paired an 18th-century French stone table, originally used by fishmongers, with 19th-century carved stone benches to create a shaded dining area beside a fountain. The garden path is paved with reclaimed limestone.
In the pool cabana of her family’s Southampton, New York, beach house, which was designed by the architecture firm , decorator and furniture designer sited a teak table and chairs by in front of a stucco wall adorned with staghorn ferns and baskets made in Zambia. The floor is limestone, and the rug is from Morocco.
At the Hollywood Hills home of TV producer Jamie Tarses and her family, of the Los Angeles–based firm maximized views of the city by placing a custom table and chairs beneath a pergola; the floor is paved with cement tiles from Granada Tile.
Designer created a minimalist seaside dining area on the deck of the bungalow that furniture-gallery owner and his wife, Ann, share in Amagansett, New York. The dining chairs and chaise lounges are by .
On the shaded terrace of historic Libbey Ranch, actress Reese Witherspoon’s secluded seven-acre family retreat in Ojai, California, designer surrounded a wood-topped dining table with vintage iron and wicker chairs. The lantern is antique.
The terrace of designer ’s Manhattan penthouse features an aluminum table and bench by , a screen of cedar slats, lanterns by and plantings of English ivy, boxwood and magnolia.