Outdoor living spaces are arguably more challenging to design than indoor ones. With more factors to consider, comes more potential problems. Tackling the added pressure of competing with the elements, outdoor furniture must be weather-resistant while maintaining both comfort and aesthetic. The pieces, therefore, require high-tech fabrics, waterproof linings, and durable designs.
Thankfully, these days, designers and brands offer outside furniture that mirrors indoor pieces—most even double as such. They understand that an outdoor space is not separate from the home—it’s an extension of it. And often, it’s the prime space for both leisure and entertaining at home.
So whether you’re upgrading your current setup or starting from scratch, there are a few things to consider when designing your patio. The first is scale and arrangement. It’s important to think about different seating options and the flow of traffic. If you’re working with a small space, for example, it’s better to go with smaller seating arrangements rather than, say, a large sectional that could disrupt pathways and movement. From there, materials are key. You’ll want to choose something low maintenance, and obviously weather-resistant. And finally, the color palette of the open-air furnishings should mirror the aesthetic of your home.
Read on for your guide to the best outdoor furniture, accessories, and entertaining essentials that rivals anything you might have indoors.
RH, Restoration Hardware
The Capri Teak armchair was created by Australian designer Anthony Spon-Smith for Restoration Hardware. Inspired by Japanese sudare screens, Spon-Smith fitted double rope scrim in a U-shape to create an interesting play between different textures and lighting.
To buy: $995; restorationhardware.com
Ben Soleimani (who partnered with Restoration Hardware for nearly 10 years to help launch the brand’s rug collection) created the Performance Estra rug to be suitable for both indoor and outdoor settings. It’s hand-woven using high-performance fibers. Shown in Silver, it’s also available in Grey and Carbon.
To buy: $1,095; bensoleimani.com
Janus et Cie
New York-based Janus et Cie’s Bon Vivant Pouf is a great addition to any patio setup. Made from reticulated foam upholstered in crochet yarn with a waterproof lining, it can be used as an ottoman, side table, or stool.
To buy: $1,134; shopjanusetcie.com
Design Within Reach
Part of a larger collection of modular units by Henrik Pedersen for Gloster, the Grid Adjustable Chaise can be combined and rearranged with other pieces, or used as a standalone piece. The adjustable teak tray and back were designed for ultimate comfort.
To buy: $2,886; dwr.com
This 7-foot square umbrella is the perfect way to veil from the sun. American brand Brown Jordan also offers umbrellas as small as 6-feet up to as wide as 9-feet.
To buy: Price upon request, brownjordan.com
B&B Italia Outdoor
Designed by Italian architect Antonio Citterio, B&B Italia’s Ray Outdoor Natural sofa is available in six different fabrics and two finishes.
To buy: Price upon request, bebitalia.com
This cocoon-style light adds a romantic ambiance to an outdoor setup. It comes with a variable setting remote control.
To buy: $815; gloster.com
The Traveler table by Roche Bobois is also available in multicolored iterations, with the option of a metal top. The piece was conceived by American designer Stephen Burks.
To buy: Price upon request, roche-bobois.com