More and more, outdoor rooms are replacing standard back patios. With the rich variety of sun-safe fabrics and weather resistant outdoor furniture and rugs, space outdoors can rival indoor common rooms for comfort and style.
As these changes occur, designers develop ways to make each outdoor living and entertaining area unique. This is a good example of capturing a mood by borrowing from the building approaches of other countries.
Thatch roofs have been used in countries across Europe and Africa. The lath and thatch roof shown here is beautiful and sturdy enough to last through many rainy seasons.
Using rattan for the furniture works well as a linking element with the roof. Both colors and textures of the two features reflect each other.
The cushion colors chosen bring rich dark reds into the space. The flexible neutrals of the primary elements allow colors to change whenever desired just by recovering the cushions and possibly adding some linens to the dining table in the background.
In contrast, the smooth columns and framing supporting the roof bring light into the space and connect it with the home in the background. An intriguing tile mosaic on the back wall provides weather-safe art.
Finally, the strong pattern of the tile floor pulls everything together. Tile provides its own drama in the space, with its mix of rectangles and squares, two-tone ceramics and dark grout.