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How to Create a Romantic Outdoor Dining Area

How To

Indulge your romantic side by creating an alluring dining area in your own backyard.

Set the scene with the perfectly sized dining table.

If it's summer, it's time for indulging in a romantic meal under the sun or stars. Getting the mood just right begins with the basics—like a dining table ideal for a breezy luncheon or evening dinner. A round table sized for a luxurious place setting and intimate conversation is a sweet choice—embodied by the 1900 Dining Table, above, by Fermob, fashioned from lacquered steel, and adorned with hand forged scrolls and rings. Square bistro tables, like the durable Bistro Square Folding Table, available in a range of pretty colors, is a space-saving choice that adds a touch of romance to even the smallest patio.

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Complement with attractive dining chairs.

You'll find no shortage of attractive outdoor dining chairs from which to choose, so be sure to select a material, color and style that helps create an optimal romantic setting. Complement dining table with chairs that are comfortable and have a touch of luxury, ideal for long languid summer days (and nights) over food and a glass of wine. Sika Design’s rattan Margret Outdoor Dining Chair, which features a beautifully rounded aluminum frame and woven ArtFibre® detailing, is not only built to withstand outdoor conditions beautifully, but is an elegantly inviting seating option that looks particularly romantic in soft Dove White.

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Create ambiance with romantic outdoor lighting

Lighting is always key to ambiance—and becomes particularly crucial when creating a romantic vibe. Nothing says romance like the soft, ambient light of a lantern, and the Marset Jaima Outdoor LED Floor Lamp, above, which has the presence of an indoor floor lamp, is an inspired choice for outdoor lighting. Echoing the fabric forms of North Africa's Bedouin tents, Jaima features a tactile shade that dangles over dining table from a flexible steel stem, emitting a nuanced downward glow, while gently moving in tandem with airflow. 180 degree rotation provides great flexibility for making small, mood-enhancing, adjustments.

Pro Tip: Be sure to check the UL rating of a lamp before using it outdoors. UL Wet rated lamps are suitable for spaces that receive direct contact with rain, snow and other significant moisture. UL Damp rated fixtures are suitable for settings subject to subtle moisture, like condensation.

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Indulge in drinks from a pretty bar cart.

Practical, portable, and stylish, a modern bar cart makes the perfect companion to outdoor dining, and there are plenty of sweet designs to facilitate an intimate luncheon or dinner. Our choice would be the Sika James Trolley, above, which features innovative, UV resistant ArtFibre® and irresistible old-fashioned charm—and looks particularly fetching laden with spirits, desserts, and tabletop sundries. For a bit more oomph, choose an eye-popping hue, like Lagoon Blue or Pink Praline, one of the many colors offered up by the Fermob Quiberon Side Bar, its UV-resistant powder coating designed to weather the elements with pizzazz.

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Add a finishing touch with dreamy outdoor accessories.

Put the finishing touches on a romantic outdoor dining composition by choosing subsidiary furnishings and accessories that project comfort and indulgence. Embroidered throw pillows, enchanting tabletop decor, and casual secondary seating help create an ideal context for wiling away the hours. The iconic Franco Albini Outdoor Ottoman, above, by Sika Design. elegantly completes an outdoor scheme, with its airy form and summer-ready color choices of mint and sea blue. Sumptuous outdoor cushions, like the Fermob Color Mix Outdoor Cushion, projects snug togetherness, while softening hard outdoor surfaces.

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