7 Ideas to Steal from Restaurant Patios

published Jun 14, 2017
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If you’re anything like us, you’re probably guilty of snapping a few decor inspo pics any time you eat out at a restaurant. And who could blame you? City or suburbs, our favorite spots are often packed with gorgeous tiles, inspiring bar setups, and the coolest furniture out there, so there’s plenty to love.

As the weather warms up, we’re turning our discerning eye outdoors, rounding up some of the hottest al fresco patios that are packed with stylish ideas perfect for your own home this summer.

The Spot: Manuela (above) in Los Angeles, CA
Tip to Steal: Let there be light! And let it be beautiful! Pendant lights are a great choice (and often well-suited for outdoor use), but even an eye-catching chandelier or cool floor lamp would make a great addition to your outdoor space.

Got a big tree? Rig it to provide more than just shade by draping the branches with glow-y lanterns you can illuminate at night (just make sure you fill them with faux-LED candles, not real ones). We love World Market for inexpensive, boho-chic styles.

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The Spot: The Hub in Louisville, KY
Tip to Steal: Use “bleachers” as seating. Smaller patio or deck spaces can get easily overwhelming when you try to pack in enough (bulky) outdoor furniture to seat all the guests at your BBQ. Instead, prep for summer by making a few rows of wood bleachers from hardware-store planks. The best part? They’re almost foolproof and can be customized to suit space of any size. Plus they have a casual-cool feel we can’t help but love.

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The Spot: Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, CA
Tip to Steal: Bring the indoors out by working in indoor-feeling pillows and textiles. Outdoor spaces can skew harsh, given that everything durable enough for all-weather conditions (think: metal, plastic, or wood) is not often cozy or comfortable. Balance that out by selecting seat cushions and pillows in weather-proof fabrics to add a touch of design. Brands like Frontgate have a great selection!

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The Spot: Mahalo in Chicago, IL
Tip to Steal: Paint your planks. Wood planking or fencing is a popular choice to bring your backyard space a bit of privacy, but it’s not exactly the most exciting option visually. May we inspire you to change all that? Try painting the planks a solid bright color, or work in a few different hues with a stripe pattern. It will immediately add a cheery vacation vibe to your outdoor oasis.

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The Spot: Santina in New York, NY
Tip to steal: Add color! An outdoor palette can skew very … green. Work in different pops of color by opting for brightly hued accessories like your umbrella, table, and chairs. Orange and blue is a fun and fresh color palette, but pretty much anything bright and sunny fits the bill.

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The Spot: Loosie’s Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY
Tip to Steal: Pattern, pattern, pattern! Because your outdoor space isn’t confined by walls, traditional rules of decorating need not apply. Sure, a pretty palette and matching prints will look gorgeous, but this is also your opportunity to go a bit wild if you want to. Mix bold colors in a geometric-inspired statement wall—nature will balance it out for you.

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The Spot: Pinewood Social in Nashville, TN
Tip to Steal: Incorporate games into your decor. If you have the room, consider one or two permanent setups like a bocce court or life-sized chess board. It’ll be a great way for guests to socialize with one another when they come by, and it adds a dose of cheeky personality to your yard.