Eight outdoor design ideas to inspire


Whether you are looking for outdoor design ideas for a patio, pool, balcony, driveway or urban courtyard, we have rounded up some beautiful outdoor objects of desire to add design features to your outside spaces.  

Piccy perfect 

For a statement folding sun chair, it is hard to beat this design classic by Vico Magistretti. Originally designed in 1946, this beautiful wide-seat deck chair has firmly stood the test of time.  Piccy is made from a waxed natural beechwood structure and cotton yarn-dyed fabric seat, it’s perfect for your balcony, deck, picnic or outdoor event.

Oversize planters

Create a feature for your foliage with these stunning metal planters from De Castelli.  Create a cluster of shapes and sizes for maximum impact.

Not your average flower pot

De Castelli Delta 117 3

Essential terracotta vases become precious creations in metal with large-scale proportions, the star of any indoor or outdoor space with clear personality. For a supersized modern take in metals on the traditional terracotta pot, check out Delta and Omega by De Castelli. 

Light-up your evenings

Don’t underestimate the effect that lighting can bring to your outside spaces – here are some ideas for inspiration:

Add atmosphere to your outdoor spaces with the Sampei Outdoor – a tall willowy lamp by Davide Groppi which at night creates the effect that the light is floating, the stem almost disappears, so you wonder where the light source is coming from. 

You can add the feeling of an extra room when using outdoor lighting – we love the simplicity and effect of Origine.

Don’t be fooled by simplicity of design, the Lenta creates the most beautiful light and atmosphere when used both indoors and out.

The TetATet has a rechargeable battery allowing you to use it wherever you want to create an intimate atmosphere for drinks or dining.

Fancy a siesta in the city?

For an urban hammock you can use outdoors (or inside), hop on to the Siesta by Emanuele Magini for Campeggi and simply relax.  Perfect for a balcony or terrace and there’s no need to find a tree to tie the hammock to – perfect for easy use whenever/wherever you want to use it.

Stylish living for birds

Why should your garden bird visitors feel left out in the style stakes?  Coordinate your outdoor buildings (see below)  from bird house to shed, for total garden coordination.   

Upgrade your garden shed

For a stylish solution to keeping your garden tools tidy, check out Cottage No.1 by Italian designer Filippo Pisan.  If you are not green-fingered, this versatile space can be used in a host of other ways – micro-workshop, children’s play den or a nook for meditative escape.

Cottage Blog

In the dog house

Perfect for dogs (and dog owners) who love minimalist style.  Part of a beautiful mini-collection designed for your garden or courtyard, this beautiful dog home is a revisitation of a traditional kennel suited to even the most pampered of pooches.  

Discover Dog House No 1.

De Castelli Dog House 1

Explore some indoor options too

For more outdoor design ideas (and indoors too!) discover our beautiful Italian design collections at  houseofdome.com or call us on 020 3908 5605.