It’s spring again! Today I’m sharing ideas to envy and inspire your patio, courtyard, front garden or city back yard.
Wouldn’t it be a lovely way to start each day, walking along a colorful garden pathway like this one? Pick a theme or mix-n-match geometric shapes and patterns.
A log pathway works well with Craftsman-style homes, or any garden space that emphasizes natural materials like wood.
Outdoor Living Rooms
In my client’s Palo Alto condo, I created an outdoor room against a living wall. Sheltered by a modern umbrella with a built-in light, comfortable outdoor loveseats and chairs with pillows in colorful, sun-safe fabrics pair easily with a striped ottoman. The two color-changing cubes act as cocktail tables, providing additional light and a techy taste of fun.
The tiling on this outdoor patio acts as an area rug, defining the living space. A pair of chairs, footstools and a table complement bench seating, nestled into a sunny garden corner.
Add lighting to your outdoor spaces, both for safety and beautiful effect. Wall-washing outdoor fencing with uplights and downlights creates a cool effect against wooden slatted fencing and greenery.
Here’s someone who really went all-out on their lighting design, creating a pathway to the pergola, and a canopy effect with string lights. Tall stake-lights provide area lighting just behind the seating, while table candles give that perfect intimate touch.
Courtyards and Patios
In another design for one of my clients, a private interior courtyard in this Folsom Street San Francisco home looks like you’re actually somewhere in the Mediterranean or Morocco, with an intricately tiled water feature in front of a high wooden privacy fence, hung with multiple planters, and plenty of seating options. Truly a city oasis!
Kimball Starr Interior Design nurtures gorgeous indoor-outdoor spaces in San Francisco bay area and Lake Tahoe homes. Contact her for a consultation!