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Design Tips for Creating Prettier Outdoor Spaces

It's the little details that set your home's exterior apart.

Your front and back yard should feel like an extension of your home and design personality – the perfect place to entertain and relax after a long day. Whether your design style is modern minimalist, coastal or vintage traditionalist, these design tips will help you dream up the outdoor spaces you’ve been longing to create.

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Photo by Leslee Mitchell. Designed by Daigh Rick Landscape Architects.

Match Landscaping to Architecture
The prettiest outdoor spaces feature thoughtful landscaping that complements the home’s style. Notice how this modern home’s backyard mimics the sleek lines of its cement walls and black casement windows with the use of an abstract pathway and slender silhouette sweetgum trees.

To accomplish a Mediterranean look, consider accenting your porch with terra-cotta containers and natural paving materials. For a Craftsman garden, stick with simple plants, wooden box planters and stone pathways.

Landscaping plays a key role in any home design, improving your home’s curb appeal and creating intimate backyard spaces for entertaining. You can find more ways to improve your yard by checking out Pella’s curb appeal tips.

Focus on the Little Design Details
Throw pillows, blankets, an umbrella, planters, lighting, fountains, an outdoor rug and firepit – the little details are what truly set your patio design apart. Choose outdoor décor items that match the style of your home’s interior, but don’t worry about color here. Feel free to establish your own outdoor color scheme to add contrast and intrigue.

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Designed by Priscilla George

Install a Seamless Entry
Regardless of the size of your patio, a functional and beautiful patio door is a necessity. This multi-slide patio door’s panels can be controlled manually or automatically, so you can leave it wide open to show off your home’s interior design as long as you or your guests would like. Keep the space in front of the door clear and opt to place lounge furniture nearby for easy access.

Create an Open, Flexible Layout
When redecorating or renovating your patio, remember: Every part of your layout should serve a purpose and accommodate both you and your guests. Make sure you have an open area in the center of your patio to support an open flow. From there, if space allows, choose outdoor seating and furniture pieces that create perfect spaces for eating, lounging and entertaining.

For eating, look for a long dining room table and chairs that match the style of your home. For lounging, consider hanging a pair of hammocks, or grouping a large sofa with lounge chairs to encourage conversation. Lastly, consider creating a seating nook around a firepit for late night entertainment and relaxation.

*Feature photo by Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography. Home designed by Castle Homes.

This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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