Since we are finally showing signs of summer here in the midwest, I recently finished freshening up my own outdoor space. I was inspired (and hired) to add some personality to my previous clients' outdoor patio. This is a huge 19 x18 roof top space. The client loved the idea board and let me share the 9 elements I am using to pump some personality into his outdoor space.
What I used:
An outdoor (that looks like indoor) sofa. I wanted a different feel here other than the wicker, wood or wrought Iron versions that are overdone, now-a-days. The space need an outdoor sofa they could really lounge on. A slip-covered sofa fit the bill. I found this one at Potterybarn
Textiles and/or Pillows. The textiles, with the exception of pillows is a way to bring in color and additional comfort, to this cement covered space. In the floor plan (7) I added in benches to the perimeter of the space that have additional throw pillows as well. When choosing your pillows remember colors do not clash, however keep your patterns scaled properly. The ones shown are from Home Decorators.
A stylish grill. Just like an appliance in your kitchen the appearance, not just the functionality of your outdoor grill should not be ignored. I love this one by Crate and Barrel.
One or more outdoor rugs. Here is another opportunity to punch up the color. Dont forget that the most common surface for a patio is cement, wood, or brick. The outdoor versions are often untreated like the indoor versions are. This makes an outdoor rug, a necessity. Shown here is one from Home Decorators.
A dining table. On the patio, this and the dining chairs will be the most used pieces of furniture, especially while entertaining. We loved this one because it strayed away from the usual wicker or wrought iron pieces you find at most big box retailers. Sourced at West Elm.
Benches and table seating. In a space as large as this one, I had to find several seating options that would serve for entertaining large groups and parties. This simple one bench and chair fit our needs. West Elm for details.
A floor plan. Just like one you would do for your indoor space is crucial to make this patio function. I thoughtfully planned this one for several conversation areas, and dining area. I also allotted room for gardening as well.
Added shade. Instead of the attached umbrellas to the table, I suggest a portable umbrella for patios. These work best with varying sun exposures at differing times of the day. We found this one at Frontgate.
Urns, planters, and outdoor plants. As a final touch, people often forget to add additional greenery or their own personal garden. Especially on the a roof top or balcony where it is all concrete. We sourced these planters at CB2.