Whether it’s for business or pleasure, I find myself surrounded by summer design in many aspects of my day-to-day life. In the studio, I’m surrounded by fun, bold colors and prints as I create destination interiors for many of my clients during this time of year. Outside of the office, I love to relax with my friends at a patio dinner party or plan outdoor adventures with my daughters, Liv and Ryan. No matter what I’m doing, summer styles and activities are in no short supply, and this sunny season requires that we bring interior design outdoors!

If you plan to soak up the sun with loved ones or host a low key barbecue outdoors, consider these tips to make your guests feel the warm welcome of your outdoor designs.

Summer Outdoor Design

Fab Functionality

I’m a firm believer that designs can be as functional as they are fabulous and this certainly applies to outdoor designs. Before selecting furniture and fabrics, imagine what types of events you envision hosting outdoors.

Whether you’re more inclined to enjoy casual cocktails at sunset or elaborate meals with loved ones, this can help format your layout and make it easier to choose which pieces are necessary to accomplish your hosting goals.

Classy Outdoor Patio

For example, my favorite thing to do is to spend quality time with my husband, Michael, and our girls over dinner on the patio. If you plan similar events, consider investing in a generously scaled outdoor dining table with a colorful umbrella.

These synthetic woven wicker chairs by are outdoor-friendly and perfectly complement the custom dining table.

Custom Outdoor Dining TableSpacious Seating

If you tend to host more cocktail parties than supper clubs, an ample amount of seating that encourages conversation is essential to fun nights with friends. Plush chairs and couches covered in weather-resistant fabrics can create a comfortable, homey feeling and bring the comforts of indoor furniture outdoors.

Classic Outdoor Patio DesignIncorporating a variety of chairs and seating can also influence the ambiance of a space. From canopy day beds to hanging lounges, there are tons of options to match any style so have fun blending different designs!

Outdoor Canopy Bed

I love this day bed, also by  ,  because it provides shade in fabulous style and is a creative alternative to standard chairs.

Outdoor Hanging BedI am no stranger to incorporating unique pieces into my classically current designs, and if you love this custom hanging lounge as much as I do, I’ve incorporated this element into my interiors as well.

Houston Interior Designer

Pro tip: Multifunctional pieces like these orange side tables can double as a flat surface for a cocktail and extra seating for entertaining larger groups!

Fluidity in Style 

When hosting get-togethers, it’s natural for guests to move throughout the home. It’s important for the interior and exterior styles to flow well together, especially in the summer! When creating the design for an outdoor area, be sure to consider the way it will influence the interior design of the home and choose fabrics and textiles that blend the two together.

Classic Outdoor DesignOrange Outdoor Patio

From sofas, pillows and rugs (yes, rugs are for the outdoors, too!) to bright colors and fun prints, there is plenty of room for creativity when designing an outdoor setting. Keeping these components in mind when planning your outdoor space will help to guide the process, resulting in a fabulous outdoor design for your patio. Now, time to plan all of your summer festivities!

-XO, LU

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Dbh-biz.infomansky is a story-teller at heart. Her unique perspective and tailored design process empower her to create singular interiors for clients all over the world.