28 best 2021 outdoor patio and dining sets to turn your backyard into a design wonderland
When designing our homes, we tend to focus on the interiors; outdoor spaces – furnished with one of the best patio dining sets, a rug, and maybe some lighting – are often an afterthought. Instead, we fill our Pinterest boards with photos of Mario Bellini’s Camaleonda sofa or the latest mid-century modern decor. Maybe it’s a Wabi-Sabi moment we’re looking for; in this case, paper moon lamps and lime walls are definitely part of the plan. By selecting the aesthetics of our interiors and the pieces that will define our lives, we create more than a space but an atmosphere. So why stop inside?
it will get dirty, we say to ourselves, then we end up compromising on a traditional black steel patio set or an all-weather wicker situation that goes only go with anything. We cannot blame ourselves; The internet seems to back up these thoughts with a Google search for “outdoor dining furniture,” revealing unoriginal but practical options that leave us totally uninspired.
Our outdoor spaces, however, can reflect the same feeling as our indoor spaces. If you grew up with a backyard or any other form of outdoor space, you understand how evocative those spaces can be. For many, the best memories are sitting around that patio table during the warmer months, and with so much time spent outdoors entertaining family and friends, it’s important to view your outdoor space as an extension of the happiest part of your home.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor dining and patio sets for any mood to get you started.
Use rattan instead of wicker to give your outdoor furniture a coastal and modern touch. If you’re not by the sea, punctuate your rattan glass table with blue dining chairs like a melancholy ode to the Mediterranean.
The city sanctuary
If your outdoor dining area is small (think an emergency exit or balcony), consider adding a cute bistro set with mosaic tiles or a pop of color for a touch of warmth. (Pro tip: Choose a collapsible option for easy storage during off seasons.) While it’s still warm, treat yourself to quiet mornings reading books, sipping orange juice, and maybe even by inviting your neighbor for breakfast.
The minimalist desert dining room
Go for a wooden outdoor dining set that features a mix of bench and chairs with removable cushions for a minimalist, desert-inspired look. The proportion game is also a nod to that Wabi-Sabi energy that you may be trying to channel.
Whether in the Bahamas, Jamaica or Barbados, a tropical dining set will put you in a Caribbean state of mind. To achieve this, avoid cold materials and limit your furniture to warmer textures, like rattan, bamboo, and wood. Punctuate them with pops of color or prints on cushions or upholstery.
The glamor of the French Riviera
Who doesn’t want to capture the spirit of the Côte d’Azur in their own garden? If you’re looking for a way to enhance your poolside dining experience, pair a set of woven bistro chairs with a stark white table with a dramatic pedestal base for a transporting dose of Saint-Tropez glamor.
For a touch of modern whimsy, there is no greater source of inspiration than the late architect and designer Ettore Sottsass. Surprise and delight your guests with color, with the iconic Colonna plastic stools combined with an elegant wooden table.
The Aarons Slim Vintage
For that touch of mid-century holiday magic, go bold with a vintage Brown Jordan 1960s set, which includes the iconic yellow umbrella. Slim Aarons would most certainly approve.