Bring the Mediterranean Coast to Your Backyard Space!

Transport to the Mediterranean... to Tuscan landscapes, and Italianate or Grecian inspiration with these stunning outdoor space designs. Whether you want inspiration for planning a Mediterranean patio renovation or are building a designer patio from scratch, these ideas are design dreams where every detail matters.

Mediterranean Color — Choose deep, jewel-like tones to complement your Mediterranean space. Sea blue, exotic oranges, honeyed yellow, rich red or amethyst purple all have a place in Mediterranean design. Bring in splashes of color with throw pillows and chair cushions to give your guests inviting seating choices. Look for ceramic plates and serving pieces in bold color with Mediterranean-inspired designs like painted fruit or flowers. Create shade by using brightly colored umbrellas or a simple-to-install canvas dining canopy. Mix and match solids with stripes and floral patterns to create
an interesting jumble of color and texture.

Have a seat — A rustic cedar table and matching benches look right at home on a Mediterranean patio. The rough-hewed effect is typical of what you would find in cottages dotting the Mediterranean coastline. Mismatched iron chairs around a mosaic-tiled table give your space a look reminiscent of an elegant, European beachfront cafe. Create cozy conversation nooks with contemporary-styled wicker pieces with deep, cushy pillows to bring a more modern feel to your space. Design your patio with different “rooms” just as you would inside your house. Placing furniture to create places to dine, entertain or simply relax gives your outdoor space increased function and style.

Create an al fresco Vibe — If summer is perfect for anything (besides hanging on the beach, perfecting warm-weather cocktails, etc.), it has to be alfresco entertaining. The term al fresco comes from the Italian language and loosely translated means “in fresh air.” Dining alfresco simply means eating outside, but it’s not your regular picnic on the blanket — this type of dining usually involves refined tablescapes, comfortable seating and a generally more party-like atmosphere. To conjure the right atmosphere, set up a pergola (or put a table in the shade of a tree). Lanterns or hurricane lamps on a summer table help to create a romantic glow that feels like Italy.

Create an al fresco Vibe — If summer is perfect for anything (besides hanging on the beach, perfecting warm-weather cocktails, etc.), it has to be alfresco entertaining. The term al fresco comes from the Italian language and loosely translated means “in fresh air.” Dining alfresco simply means eating outside, but it’s not your regular picnic on the blanket — this type of dining usually involves refined tablescapes, comfortable seating and a generally more party-like atmosphere. To conjure the right atmosphere, set up a pergola (or put a table in the shade of a tree). Lanterns or hurricane lamps on a summer table help to create a romantic glow that feels like Italy.

Add Pots Aplenty — To create the organic texture and interest that are typical of a Mediterranean patio, start with large groupings of potted plants and trees. Lemon, orange and lime trees all thrive in container plantings. Citrus trees look right at home in a Mediterranean-style space. Ferns in clay pots and small potted trees lend a shady, welcoming appeal. Choose simple clay pots to exude rustic charm or opt for brightly painted containers for a more vibrant effect.

Giving your existing patio a Mediterranean vibe is a sure-fire way to take your outdoor living space from simple to spectacular while injecting a big dose of European charm. Well chosen furniture, colors and accessories are all you need to create an unforgettable place to entertain your family and friends under a ceiling of sky.