Summer 2021 means outdoor dinner parties, lounging outside with a good book, or taking lunchtime…
We’re all spending a bit more time indoors these days, so now, more than ever, our outdoor living spaces can provide a much-needed respite. Imagine having your own outdoor oasis in which to read a book, host a virtual cocktail hour, or even just a shady spot to watch the kids play. Doesn’t that sound peaceful—and welcome right about now?
One of the questions we at DKOR are getting asked right now is “How do we go about creating an outdoor space?” Well, fear not! We’ve got answers for you: five cool outdoor looks for any style.
Plus, all of these finds are from Amazon, so you can get them delivered to your doorstep. No need to leave your home to build the outdoor space of your dreams.
Creating an Outdoor Space With Our Designer Picks
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Look 1: Lush Boho
SHOP THE LOOK: Sunpan Modern Logan End Table┃Patio Natural Stain Outdoor Chair ┃Natural Rattan Stool Ottoman ┃Tropical Green Marlowe Ottoman ┃Safavieh Veranda Collection Area Rug
Inspired by the feeling of an afternoon spent at a favorite outdoor cafe, this bohemian yet tropical design is perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or cup of coffee.
With just one chair, this pint-sized design will fit the smallest of outdoor spaces, from balconies to terraces. But add another chair or three and you’ve got a design that’s at home in a bigger nook.
Outdoor design doesn’t have to be simple or basic, the same interior design rules apply here, too! We’ve mixed patterns—tropical with southwestern—and textures—woven wicker with smooth ceramic—to bring the sophistication of our indoor designs to this space.
Incorporate lighting so you can use your spot day or night; classic string cafe lights are a favorite around the office. They’ll never go out of style.
We love the ottoman pair, which can be used as extra seating or a place to rest your legs after a long day running after the kids. Don’t forget about a small-footprint table for your wine and cheese, or coffee and biscotti.
And just like that, your outdoor space has a cool cafe vibe. Enjoy dining or drinking alfresco!
Look 2: Classically Coastal
Are you craving the sound of the ocean and the squawk of seagulls from a beach on Martha’s Vineyard or in the Hamptons? This look will transport you right there. (You have to supply the lobster and the rosé!)
The pairing of blue tones and teak wood are a classic traditional combination; you can’t go wrong. We’ve put a spin on the classic here, though. A modern, clean-lined seating set sits atop a traditional-style outdoor rug. This pairing keeps the look from straying too traditional or looking too much like a ship’s deck.
When creating an outdoor space, seating is important. This particular set offers lots of seating, so it would be perfect for a larger outdoor space. Pots of hydrangeas will complete the look.
Look 3: Tropical Cabana
SHOP THE LOOK: Pack of 4 Tropical Leaves Throw Pillow Cover┃3-Piece Outdoor Furniture Set┃Natural Rattan Stool Ottoman ┃Woven Striped Outdoor Rug┃White Chaise Side Table Lounge Chair
Most of us can’t get to a tropical beach right now. Instead, transform your bland outdoor space—whether it be a terrace, deck, or patio—into vacation vibes with black-and-white cabana stripes paired with a bold palm leaf print.
If you’ve got lots of room a teak chaise lounge and a pair of woven chairs can create two separate areas to lounge and relax. But if you’re short on space, pick the one you’ll get the most out of (the lounge if you need a tan and the chairs if you and a partner will enjoy drinks together in the space).
Either space is complete with a woven wicker ottoman for texture. Take the look to the next level with a potted plant: a miniature succulent is just right if you’re working with a tiny balcony or a larger palm-style plant if you’ve got more room to move.
The only thing missing is a tiki drink in one hand and a steel drum playing on a speaker!
Look 4: Soothing & Modern
SHOP THE LOOK: Piece Poolside Teddi Outdoor Lounge Chairs Set of 2┃Keter Urban Knit Pouf Ottoman Set of 2 with Storage Table for Patio Decor┃Safavieh Courtyard Collection Indoor/ Outdoor Area Rug
This set of white outdoor lounge chairs has a modern feel that will brighten up any outdoor space. We know what you’re thinking, “But am I going to want to sit in them for hours?” The answer is yes. In addition to being chic, they are totally comfortable!
We love these chairs because of their out-of-this-world legs. They’re so sculpturally interesting and add a touch of interior sophistication to the outdoors.
Pair the chairs with a set of equally modern ottomans in muted tones. Use them as footrests or extra seating. Their textured surfaces keep things interesting and won’t allow these ottomans to fade into the background.
A pop of pattern on the pillows and a very mid-century planter filled with something green and super leafy completes the look.
Then, just by changing up the outdoor rug you can achieve two very distinct looks. With the pale, lightly patterned rug on the left the look is very tone-on-tone, exactly what you’d want from a relaxing post-spa vibe. If that’s what you’re into, this space is perfect for winding down with camomile tea at night—provided you add some lights.
SHOP THE LOOK: Piece Poolside Teddi Outdoor Lounge Chairs Set of 2┃Keter Urban Knit Pouf Ottoman Set of 2 with Storage Table for Patio Decor┃Novogratz Villa Collection Tuscany Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
This option, with the intricately patterned rug, is perfect if you’re looking for an energizing space. This is absolutely the right outdoor space to begin your day; coffee in hand, meditation complete, and ready to take on the world WFH-style.
Want something calming, soothing, and yet super-chic at the same time? This is the look for you.
SHOP THE LOOK: 3-Piece Outdoor Furniture Set┃Unique Loom Transitional Area Rug
The blue outdoor rug sets the stage. It’s serene. Just what we need in these unprecedented times! You can picture yourself here reading a good book or drinking a cup of tea on weekend mornings.
This versatile outdoor set—one of our favorites here at DKOR—feels curated in the way an indoor seating group would be. The mix of textures (metal, woven, upholstered) plays well with lots of colors, styles, and patterns. It’s the ultimate blank slate that’s not boring at all!
We suggest adding lighting, if you don’t already have some nearby, to get the most use out of this space. If you’re on a balcony, a plant is a must. Find something that’s easy to take care of and will thrive in the lighting your outdoor space offers. No one needs added stress right now.
We’ve loved creating outdoor spaces for you all! We hope you found something to give your home a moment of Zen or added some “square-footage” to your home by inspiring you to craft an outdoor nook for yourself. Shop all of these looks at Amazon now!
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