The once humble patio has now turned into a popular outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing, but choosing patio furniture can often be a challenge. You want to select tasteful furnishings that create a comfortable, welcoming outdoor living area where family and guests love to gather and lounge.
If you are having a bit of trouble coming up with your own patio design, why not look at the patios of celebrity homes? Here are two fabulous outdoor designs to inspire your own creative patio phantasies.
Celebrity Patio Furniture Inspiration #1: Cher
Known for buying and selling homes about as often as she changes male companions, the Italian Renaissance-style home that Cher owns in Malibu just proves that she has taste as well as money. Cher`s outdoor space offers visitors an inviting space to relax through her use of natural materials in neutral colors.
Cher chose rattan wicker patio furnishings in natural earth tones. The patio boasts one love seat and numerous chairs arranged to create a cozy conversation area.
She continues the natural look by adding a low, square coffee table and two end tables made of the same woven rattan as the sofa and chairs. The plump and comfortable-looking seat cushions are a dark green color that complements the earth tones.
Celebrity Patio Furniture Inspiration #2: Lance Armstrong
Here`s another celebrity inspiration. This one is straight from the Dripping Springs, Texas ranch home of Lance Armstrong, former professional road racing cyclist, 7-time Tour de France winner, cancer survivor and founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support. He might be in trouble for alleged steroid use, but nobody can doubt his sense of home furnishing style.
Lance`s patio not only offers fantastic views of the surrounding Texas Hill Country, but you can tell he designed his home for entertaining. The open floor plan features a kitchen, living room, dining room and patio that just flow into one another for a continuous look and feel.
His outdoor patio matches his house in its rustic charm. It features a large grill and plenty of space for guests to dine and lounge while overlooking the pool and landscape.
Lance`s patio contains all-weather wicker furniture with a natural wood tone and simple, clean lines. The thick cushions are also neutral in color, as is the bamboo outdoor rug that adorns the floor.
Furnishings include one large sofa flanked by two chairs. A small coffee table rests in the center of the conversation area with two more chairs and a small end table opposite the sofa. A simple rustic looking lantern overhangs the conversation area and completes the simple and classy designer look.
As the celebrity inspirations go to show, choosing the right kind of patio furniture can add designer style to your extended living space. Using tasteful furniture made of natural materials can make even the smallest patio a warm, enjoyable retreat.
However, if you are like many non-celebrity folks, you are designing your outdoor patio space on a budget. If you would like to try out furniture pieces before buying them, search for online stores such as furniturehireuk.com that allow you to rent the items before you commit to a purchase.