Everyone loves decks and patios for everything from quiet relaxation, to entertaining with family and friends. No matter whether you have a small space, or a large and luxurious space,you still need to define your space.
Just having a bunch of beautiful furniture out on a patio is not enough. When you define a space, you give it purpose, function, and style. This can easily be done by simply placing your furniture in groups for function. For example dining space, conversation space, grilling/prep space, etc.
To even further define a space, use rugs. Rugs are the perfect element for added texture and definition. Rugs add color, emphasis design style, and create imaginary walls for your specific space. Rugs are like shoes that help ground the overall style and design.
The next time you step out onto your deck, think of it as your outdoor living space. Use rugs and groupings to create imaginary walls, add plants to soften or add coverage, and group furniture for function and definition.