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Bright Outdoor Living Ideas

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Outdoor string lights, privacy fencing, and stylish outdoor furniture create a dining space that glows at night and delights by day.

Patio arranged for entertaining after dark.

Alfresco Ambience

Anchor your outdoor dining area with a powerful gas grill, a stylish glass-top table, and a set of comfortable chairs in natural shades. Add bursts of brighter color and pattern with pillows, and use string lights to convey the romantic look of a European sidewalk cafe.

 

Wooden privacy screens.

Privacy Panels

Create seclusion in style with these handsome DIY screens built from wood and finished to resist the elements. Make one 7-foot x 4-foot 6-inch panel or several as needed to fit your space.

Stainless-steel tiki torches.

Sleek Torches

Try a modern take on tiki lights -- and help keep pesky bugs away -- with sleek citronella torches. The 6-foot-tall lights have a stainless-steel finish and refillable citronella oil canisters.

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Terra-cotta pots stacked to form a birdbath with candles.

Bathed in Light

Here’s a double-duty idea for your dining area. Build a birdbath out of terra-cotta pots, saucers, and adhesive. Then add allen + roth™ ceramic candleholders to create a striking light display.

Guests at an outdoor dining table.

Natural Decor

Position your outdoor dining area to take advantage of existing landscaping. Trees and shrubs provide shade and privacy for meals, while annuals and perennials add pleasing colors and textures. This shady patio is an ideal setting for outdoor dining. The tans and browns in the furniture blend well with the woodsy and leafy surroundings, while containers of Japanese maple, coleus, and hydrangea supply rich colors.

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Wooden tray with sand.

Tabletop Tray

Create a conversation-starting centerpiece for your outdoor dining table. Build a wooden tray, then add sand and plants in containers.

Black table and two chairs.

Table for Two

For quiet times when it’s just two of you, include a more intimate seating area. The aluminum patio set includes a square table and two chairs with seat cushions.

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Mobile serving cart.

Cart Transplant

Repurpose a potting bench as a food prep/beverage cart. The bench is both mobile and weather-resistant. Stash glasses and table linens on the shelves, keep utensils in the drawers, and use the steel top to prep appetizers and pour beverages. For an alternative look, you can also build your own serving cart.