One of our favorite aspects of summer is that it gives us the opportunity to create inviting spaces outside the home as well as inside. When you’re looking to expand your living space to the great outdoors, keep in mind that all of the principles that apply to designing interior spaces, work for creating an exterior that is inviting and warm. Our designers explain that the best way to start decorating your exterior is to “shop within a consistent color palette and then to bring in the patterns that fit within that chosen palette.”
Patterns are useful for keeping the design scheme from feeling too uptight and bring a fun and casual vibe to the space. There’s still some weeks left to summer so we rounded up some of our favorite pattern-friendly outdoor pieces to get you inspired to live outdoors a bit more — while there’s still time!
This mod outdoor ottoman is the perfect versatile piece — it’s a place to prop up your feet, extra seating or top with a tray and use it as a table.
Tulum Side Table
The shape of this Tulum side table was inspired by the form of Mayan drums. It’s the perfect place to rest your book or evening cocktail as you watch the setting sun.
You might not be able to spend the summer sunning on the Italian Riviera, but you can channel your inner Sophia Loren with this Italian patio umbrella. Just add an aperol spritz and you can almost believe you’re on the Ligurian Sea.
These outdoor pillows prove that tie-dye doesn’t have to have a hippie vibe.
A rug might not be the first thing on your shopping list when you think of creating a welcoming outdoor space, but our designers say that it’s a great way to add a little warmth and color to the outdoor space.
This 4-piece outdoor set in a black and white chevron brings a cheerful vibe to any outdoor space.
Outdoor Dining Chairs with Pattern
These outdoor chairs designed by Swiss designer Philippe Bestenheider for the Italian brand Varaschin take pattern to a whole new level.
This Outdoor Odeon Stool is the perfect piece to pull up around a high table or outdoor bar. It’s both casual and practical. Our designers love the way the blue checked seats adds the perfect touch of pattern to your outdoor space.
Finished with a multicolor netted fringe this Canyon Fringe Hammock is the perfect way to while away an afternoon.
Updated Acapulco Chair
This outdoor armchair is handmade in Mexico City and is an updated take on the 1950s classic Acapulco chair.