You can do a lot with an outdoor space to make it inviting, whether the space you have to work with is large or small. The most popular recently uploaded deck, porch and patio photos on Houzz offer several ideas. Which one would you like to see in your own outdoor space?
1. Multiple zones for different uses. There’s much to like about this 780-square-foot screened porch, including the screen itself — a smart feature for warding off pests such as mosquitoes. Houzz users commenting on the photo indicated they liked the designated spaces created by the furniture arrangement. The sofas surround a chessboard and face a TV and fireplace (see next photo), a pair of green accent chairs serve as a cozy conversation spot, and a dining table has ample seating for a family meal. Creating different outdoor zones is a great way to maximize your available square footage.
Readers also liked the wood-planked ceiling and stone fireplace, both clearly visible in this view of the same room.
You don’t need 780 square feet to create different zones in an outdoor space, as this patio in Charleston, South Carolina, shows. Houzz users liked that the homeowners maximized the compact brick patio with petite Acapulco-style chairs and a freestanding fireplace. A hanging hammock offers a separate relaxation zone.
2. Creative seating. Houzz users noted the seating in several outdoor spaces, and this beautiful San Francisco patio caught the eye of several French-speaking commenters. One user liked the built-in bench and planter, which maximize space since they abut the perimeter of the space. The planter, bench and walls are all made from Western red cedar, creating a cohesive effect.
Readers who saved this photo of a Phoenix patio liked the curved outdoor sofa, which looks like it would envelop guests in a friendly sofa hug.
The grass turf chairs in this shotfrom the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York caught the eye of several Houzz users. The wall to the right is composed of living greenery.
3. Plants on the wall. Here’s another take on the living greenery wall: tropical plants in handmade ceramic planters affixed to an exterior wall. This semienclosed patio of a Santa Monica, California, condo used to belong to designer Bronwyn Poole of Touch Interiors.
4. String lights. This balcony is part of the unit that designer Poole now lives in, which is above the condo she used to own (seen in the previous photo). Poole brought her love of plants to this space as well, and Houzz users liked the abundance of greenery. Others commented on the string lights, which are hung near the top of the balcony’s walls.