Ideas for Outdoor Living

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Ideas for...Outdoor Kitchens

Alfresco parties are a lot easier (and more fun!) with an outdoor kitchen. These souped-up versions offer great ideas for designing your own dream space.

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Mediterranean Style Kitchen
Photo by Douglas Hill

A Subtle Approach

You hardly notice the kitchen components on this patio―and that’s a good thing. The cooking area doesn’t detract from the Mediterranean style or take up too much space.

• Use plate-glass and crank-out casement windows to protect cooks from wind and rain without obstructing the view.

• Incorporate punches of color to energize a neutral space. Here, vintage wicker furniture was painted a vibrant green to coordinate with the accent floor tiles.

• Carefully consider lighting. Size chandeliers and lanterns to fit the space. Add task lighting over kitchen prep areas, if necessary.

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