Christin EggenerTraditional Patio, Chicago
What Houzz contributors are saying:
City oasis. With its mix of natural wood, hanging lanterns, embroidered rug and low seating, this rooftop channels a little bit of Morocco, creating an otherworldly oasis in the midst of a bustling city. Lanterns are hung from the pergola; you could also try hurricane lamps for a similar effect. Go for white lamps and lanterns for a more pared-down look, or patterned ones for a more eclectic mood.
If you have cushions made from spun polyester, which is more prone to fading but features more dynamic patterns, limit their exposure to sun. When they’re not in use, cover them, bring them inside or place your furniture set in a shaded area of your yard.
6. Corner pockets. Another rooftop garden, this one by C. Marie Designs, takes a corner-pocket approach to seating areas. In one corner you have a banquette under a pergola that acts as a sofa.
In a space that's about 10 by 10 feet, built-in corner seating can easily convert into a living space or a fire pit area. Multipurpose spaces work well in small outdoor areas — especially on rooftop patios.
2. Eggplant and tangerine. Purple and orange accents create a lush, luxurious look in your outdoor room.