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Of all the places around a home, a patio or balcony is always one of the favorites. These areas give you a spot to kick up your feet after a long day at work and have a cool drink. A home’s deck is perfect for quiet reflection, spending time as a family and hosting casual and formal parties with friends and loved ones. Of course, the furniture you choose goes a long way to making your outdoor space feel inviting. At Williams-Sonoma, we understand that all outdoor furniture and decor need to adapt to your personality, not the opposite. So whether your style is chic, rustic, elegant, playful or artistic – or a combination of several – we have tons of pieces to match. Feel free to design an exterior that caters to the exact ambience you’re looking for. Here are a couple of ideas.
Entertain several friends on an outdoor sofa or two. The reason that sofas are so great for hosting a couple of friends is that they flow naturally with conversation in mind. It’s easy to place two facing each other with a coffee table in the middle. Laughing and talking are easy, and serving drinks or coffee is a cinch too. Another plus of sofas is that they fit into almost any sized space. Having an intimate terrace or deck doesn’t limit your design creativity at all.
Customize your space with a sectional. A sectional makes your outdoor area feel custom-made; no furniture is too big or too small. You decide the correct length, and then arrange each piece however you want. L-shaped seating is great for families. Toss in a few chairs and it’s easy to create your dream deck layout. The best part is that sectionals are really flexible when it comes to design, so they work equally well in elegant affairs as they do for laidback barbecues.
Enhance your day with a couple of armchairs. Two or three chairs provide a lot of opportunities for enjoying the outdoors, especially paired with an accent table. To keep things as laid-back as possible, choose natural teak or woven pieces. You can brush up on the news while sipping some freshly squeezed orange juice or share a smile and some coffee with a special someone while watching the sun go down. They don’t take up a lot of space and are endlessly customizable too. Whenever you want to spice things up, just rearrange your armchairs.
Sink back into the comfort of a chaise. Pools and chaises are best friends. After a refreshing dip, there’s no reason to head back inside so soon. A chaise tempts you to lie back, get a little sunshine or take a nap instead underneath an umbrella. Of course, you don’t need a pool to enjoy that kind of comfort. Chaises work just as well on a rooftop terrace surrounded by plants or on a wide balcony with a great view. Busy moms and dads can even recline next to their children’s inflatable pool to relax and keep an eye on them at the same time.
Dine in style. An outdoor dining table is a great place to share meals as a family. The outdoors reduce everyone’s stress, so talking is fun. Look for a size that caters to your lifestyle. If you like to entertain, go big. On the other hand, round tables are perfect for two or can handle four or more comfortably. Stone tabletops, as well as metal and glass dining tables, are extremely elegant.
Decorate your outdoor space. No exterior is complete without some color. After all, you’re outside; it can be exciting and bold! Decorative pillows and outdoor rugs are good ways to include pops of color in your design vision. And don’t be afraid to explore and innovate. Use complementary shades for a beautiful layout, or contrasting tones – like red and blue – for a touch of art. And with endless motifs, there’s no limit to how creative you can be. Floral patterns give the space a tropical feel, and geometric patterns are mysterious and modern.