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A serene and secluded outdoor retreat is one of the things many crave.

From petite terraces to sprawling patios, designing an outdoor space calls for both architectural perception and elegance.

These sublime garden sanctuaries, in every shape and size, will have you craving a place outdoors in the sun to call your own.

What are your favorite outdoor design elements? We would love to know!

 

Jungle Hues

Jungle Hues

PHOTO: Vogue Living

 

 

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Break up tranquil beachy whites with a vibrant pop of color. Jewel tones from deep violets to confident oranges pair perfectly with lush greenery.

PHOTO: The Finest Rooms

 

 

Alfresco Dining

Alfresco Dining
PHOTO: Shop Latitude

 

 

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Select furnishings that harmonize with the environment. Raw woods blend effortlessly with the surroundings to providing a serene, organic setting for dinner parties.

PHOTO: Eric Kuster

 

 

Vertical Limit

Vertical Limit

PHOTO: Dwell

 

 

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For smaller spaces, these architectural elements add height and texture. A dramatic fireplace, gravel or stone floor, and light furnishings feel airy yet artistic.

PHOTO: Commune Design via You Are The River

 

 

Communal Cozy

Communal Cozy

PHOTO: Dwell

 

 

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Maximize the space in small areas with built-in seating arrangements. This alone can transform a petite patio into a lounge in one easy step.

PHOTO: El Mueble

 

 

Dark Side

Dark Side

Black is the new green in terms of outdoor trends. A palette of matte-finished, dark tones channels a moody and clandestine sophistication.

PHOTO: Bo Bedre

 

 

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PHOTO: Marius Haverkamp

 

 

Family Ties

Family Ties

PHOTO: The Marion House Book

 

 

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Create a kid-friendly space with this cheerful, eclectic décor. Thoughtful additions like playhouses and air plants capitalize on space with minimal drama.

PHOTO: William Waldron for ELLE Decor, design by Bonetti Kozerski

 

 

Monochrome Cool

Monochrome Cool

Choosing a palette of muted, tonal shades allows landscaping to take center stage. Hushed blondes and cool dove grays highlight lively greens and abundant florals.

PHOTO: Henry Bourne for T Magazine

 

 

Texture Mix

Texture Mix

PHOTO: Doherty Design Studio

 

 

What are your favorite outdoor design elements? Tell us in the comments below. 

A range of textures, from subway tile to concrete and stonework, cultivates a style that is found, organic and raw. Mix landscape elements in thoughtful ways. Add a dose of sculptural chic with architectural topiaries.

PHOTO: Hearst Home

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