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7 Outdoor Dining Room Ideas to Set the Scene

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With the welcoming signs of warmer weather approaching, its time to move mealtime outdoors. With our curated list of outdoor dining room ideas ready to craft a beautiful backyard setting, building your own chic and welcoming alfresco dining space is well within reach. Elevate the ambiance with tabletop decor and outdoor lighting, and you’ve got an outdoor dining destination that's ready for entertaining all season long.

Outdoor Dining Chairs

Who says your outdoor seating can’t be comfortable and functional? When selecting outdoor dining chairs, you want to ensure you are picking options that are going to look great in your space, offer a comfortable seating solution, and stand up to the unpredictable outdoor elements. Sturdy seats with high backs will provide support and structure to spend hours outside after the sun has gone down. Solid teak chairs will naturally repel rot and rain, while developing a beautiful silvery patina over time. If plush cushions are your thing, choose high-density foam wrapped in Sunbrella fabric for supreme comfort and protection from staining and sun damage. To effortlessly spice up your space or offset a monochromatic dining table, choose a bold pop of color (we love a yummy yellow or shocking pink!) to liven your look and set the tone for a summer of smiles.

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Outdoor Dining Tables

No matter the size or space, a dining table offers a welcoming focal point that anchors any outdoor dining room. Choose an oversized quartz design for an elevated touch of luxury, perfect for a large deck or open-air patio. Go for a rustic farmhouse look with a teak wood table perfect for withstanding the elements and bringing a warm, natural touch to your space. Or go traditional with a sleek powder-coated aluminum option for durability and long-lasting style. Trying to determine the best size or shape for your space? Think about the number you would like to comfortably seat, the amount of space in which you would be setting the table, and your other surrounding accents and furniture pieces that make up your area. Whether looking to amplify coastal vibes or a shady, garden retreat, our selection of outdoor dining tables is sure to build a strong foundation for many nights of outdoor enjoyment.

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Outdoor Tabletop Decor

No outdoor dining room is complete without some gorgeous accessories to tie the whole setting together. When outfitting your patio or deck, you want to select pieces that are going to elevate the space, but also be able to withstand the unpredictability of the great outdoors. Melamine or thermoplastic dinnerware offers the beautiful look of glass with the durability and shatter-proof quality of plastic. Choose settings with texture and jewel-tones to amp up the elegance when dining alfresco. To create a landing place for your meal and a protective layer for your dining table, layer your dining table with outdoor placemats to lend a touch of color to your tablescape and make clean-up a breeze. Always ready to serve orange juice poolside or sangria later in the evening, resin serveware offers the beautiful shape and look of glass, but you won’t have to lunge for it when and if it gets knocked over.

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Outdoor Lighting

Just because you’re creating a dining space outdoors doesn’t mean you have to stick with recessed lighting and wall sconces. Bring character and glam to your space with a large outdoor globe chandelier, sure to be the center of attention. A cluster of outdoor pendants brings a layered look to a covered patio, or try a pair of outdoor floor lamps for a touch of height and added ambiance equally welcomed in dining and lounge spaces alike. Really looking to make your mark? Go for broke and set your space ablaze with portable lanterns and a series of string lights to create an entertaining space like no one has ever seen.

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Outdoor Decor

Pulling together the final look for your outdoor dining room should be effortless and stress-free. To truly create an extension of your indoor space outdoors, adding decor pieces to round out your back deck or poolside patio is the easiest way to balance your design scheme and lock in the look. Start with an outdoor rug to anchor the space and provide comfortable footing underneath your dining table. Bring a pop of color and pattern to your seating selection with outdoor pillows to boost the vibe and add a subtle touch of comfort. Round out your outdoor dining room by adding a fire pit to the surrounding space or as a centerpiece on your table to bring a touch of light and a source of welcomed warmth for those cool summer evenings. For a hint of verdant beauty (and instant privacy from nosey neighbors), a raised outdoor planter is the perfect solution for defining space and transforming your outdoor dining room into an outdoor dining destination.

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Outdoor Dining Sets

When building an outdoor dining space, the table and chairs really are the star of the show. Dining sets are an easy way to get all of the pieces you need in one fell swoop, while setting the base style on which to build around to craft your outdoor dining space. Luckily, not all dining sets are created equal. You can choose from traditional teak wood sets with slatted chairs and metal accents, more modern aluminum sets with a vintage flair, or go the sustainable route and choose a picnic table-style set complete with bench, crafted from recycled materials. Ranging in size from intimate two-seaters to expansive 12 seaters or more, decide which size is right for you by thinking about the amount of outdoor space you would like to take up and the number of people you think you’ll be entertaining. Is a last-minute guest crashing the party? Keeping a convenient supply of stackable seating neatly stored off to the side always comes in handy when dinner for two turns into a soiree for six.

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Small Outdoor Dining Spaces

Why should large backyards have all of the fun? When space is tight, putting together an outdoor dining area, the focus needs to be on both style and function. Choose pieces that not only bring beauty and design to your space, but also offer value and in some cases, multi-functional use. A simple bar cart can serve as both a libation station and handy storage for barbecue tools and outdoor dishes. Anchoring your space with an outdoor rug brings a touch of texture and color to an outdoor patio or deck and truly makes the space feel like part of your home. Accentuate your space and bring a touch of twinkle with a variety of outdoor lighting. From portable lanterns, to top your table, to stunning string lights to hang from the trees, adding additional light sources elevates the space and the mood. In need of a space-saving dining area solution? Folding chairs and tables make for instant dining spaces that set up in a snap, and store away just as easily when not in use.

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