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How to Design a Classic Outdoor Living Space

Designing an outdoor living space isn’t that much different from designing one indoors — everyone has their own style and vision. If your home feels more Cape Cod than Morocco, you might want to bring the same classic, traditional style outdoors.

Read on for our top 5 tips to designing a classic, outdoor living space.

outdoor living space 1Above: PB Classic Adirondack Painted Chair

Consistent finishes. Pick a timeless, classic material and finish and keep it consistent throughout your space. Classic and traditional style doesn’t necessarily mean everything has to match, but doing so will give your outdoor living space a fresh, pulled together feel.

pottery barn outdoor living 2Above: Larkspur Teak Sectional

Crisp color palette. Pastels are perfect for spring, but in the summer, you’ll want to look towards bright, deep colors that can stand up to the wear and tear of outdoor activities. Navy blue and firehouse red combined with jute and linen will stay strong all summer and never go out of style.

pottery barn outdoor living 4Above: Larkspur Teak Steamer Chaise

Comfort is key. Classic and traditional outdoor spaces never skimp on comfort. These spaces are all about entertaining, and you want your guests to feel right at home. Stock up on soft cushions to plop down on, outdoor rugs to keep bare feet cool and plenty of pillows for mid-day naps.

pottery barn outdoor living 5Above: Larkspur Teak Bar Cart

All the right accessories. Outdoor living accessories should combine style and function seamlessly. Lanterns can add a pop of color when needed, but they also provide a soothing summer glow at night. Galvanized buckets and bins bring rustic flair, but can also hold drinks when filled with ice.

pottery barn outdoor living 3Above: Larkspur Teak Dining Table and Chair Set

Simple materials. Above all else, summer outdoor living is about simplicity — just enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family. Your furniture materials should reflect that. Choose sturdy but simple materials, like teak and wicker, which will stay in style for many summers to come.

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I am a HUGE PB fan! I love all your furniture, accessories and layouts! Addicted! However, I do not live near the ocean or a lake and during the summer I find PB gives very few ideas for those of us who are surrounded by trees, shrubs,flowers, decks, patios and paths rather than water! Everything seems to be nautical. I would love to see more emphasis on the garden style to help me style my outdoor area.

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