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Concrete is a typical patio finish that most associate with being cheap and easy – something that results in a hard-and-fast surface that has little character to it. They key, though, is context and contrast – set the right furniture in an otherwise cold-and-simple outdoor space and you can make it seem comfortable or even exotic.


Trendir has singled out some outdoor furniture sets from Paola Lenti that are “soft and welcoming, instantly transforming the cold, hard environment into an oasis of relaxation” The cushions bring a plush contrast to the gray concrete but the cool colors compliment the stoney surfaces as well.

Sure, your backdrop might not be quite as exotic as this architecture but all the same there are some fairly easy ways to take your interior design strategies outside and make use of what might otherwise be neglected spaces due to their overtly less comfortable surfaces and materials.