When planning your next outdoor project, patio design ideas can become your new best friend. Whether you have the luxury of a bungalow with a sprawling terrace or a tiny balcony in a city apartment, it can be a versatile space. Maybe it’s your private cocoon to spend a few undisturbed moments in nature, you use it for yoga or as an exercise zone, or even as an extension of your living or dining area when you’re entertaining. And no matter the size or use, an outdoor lounge can do wonders for your well-being, so it’s important to give the space your time and attention.
Still, putting together this area can feel like a less of priority, especially if you’re focused on spaces more often considered a necessity—like a kitchen or a bedroom. Luckily, as Neha Sapre, principal architect and founder of Studio Taan, tells us, sprucing up your outdoor space doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or overly difficult undertaking. Fresh off of a project blessed with both a balcony and a terrace, Sapre knows all about designing an outdoor area—no matter what the size—and is ready to share all her best patio design ideas to help you craft the ultimate outdoor lounge” class=”link “>outdoor lounge.
1. Let the inside of your home take the lead
“For this residence, we planned the balcony at the north-east corner of the house to maximize on light and the green views outside. Sheltered by the gorgeous canopy of the neighborhood Gulmohar tree, the balcony acts as an extension of the living room,” Sapre says. Even if you don’t plan to make any structural changes to your outdoor space, you can still use this advice when planning your own project.
Consider the way Sapre used throws, fluffy pillows, and mats in this home, which create a cozier, indoor-like look, compared to, say, leather or wood. Here, the designer opted for a neutral rug on a patterned floor to tie the various pieces of furniture together, which also happen to match the gray-toned, contemporary interiors. If you’re stuck for ideas on your own balcony, consider the decor you’ve already done inside. Have you outfitted it in sleek mid-century furniture? Perhaps some modernist-inspired balcony decor is your best bet. If you go for colors and Memphis-style design, consider continuing that aesthetic outdoors.
2. Opt for movable furniture that offers flexibility
It’s worth noting that all of the pieces Sapre used for the balcony are easily movable, which can be important for anyone who plans to use their outdoor space for multiple purposes—like if you want to sit outside and read for an hour, then whip out the yoga mat and get into a downward dog. “To keep this space flexible, we used loose pieces of furniture, which allows the family to move the pieces around based on how the space is being used at different instances while being budget-friendly,” Sapre adds.
Besides furniture, plants are another flexible way to add depth and interest to a project without making any permanent decisions. “Here, we used monochrome colors, with a play of patterns to create a warm and neutral, yet layered space that celebrates the greenery around,” Sapre says. In larger balconies, plants of varying heights add visual interest and draw the eye upwards.
3. Reuse, repurpose, and reimagine
“The outdoor corner was created as a lounge space below the large canopy of the Gulmohar tree, with a built-in seat with weather-proof cushions. A large coffee table, envisioned by the homeowners and built on site, takes center stage on the terrace of this home. This setup creates a cozy nook that can host up to 10 people at a time,” Sapre explains.
This little anecdote offers important wisdom: not everything needs to be brand new to give your outdoor space a made-over look. Before heading to your local home improvement store, consider the items you may already have laying around that could be reimagined in an outdoor friendly way. Maybe it’s old string lights, bedsheets that you convert into cushions or mats, or even colorful glass jars—like those incorporated into this coffee table—that are too big for the kitchen, but might be perfect for a quirky and colorful base.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
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