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