When planning your next outdoor project, patio design ideas can become your new best friend. Whether you have the luxury of a bungalow with a sprawling terrace or a tiny balcony in a city apartment, it can be a versatile space. Maybe it’s your private cocoon to spend a few undisturbed moments in nature, you use it for yoga or as an exercise zone, or even as an extension of your living or dining area when you’re entertaining. And no matter the size or use, an outdoor lounge can do wonders for your well-being, so it’s important to give the space your time and attention. 

Still, putting together this area can feel like a less of priority, especially if you’re focused on spaces more often considered a necessity—like a kitchen or a bedroom. Luckily, as Neha Sapre, principal architect and founder of Studio Taan, tells us, sprucing up your outdoor space doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or overly difficult undertaking. Fresh off of a project blessed with both a balcony and a terrace, Sapre knows all about designing an outdoor area—no matter what the size—and is ready to share all her best patio design ideas to help you craft the ultimate outdoor lounge.

1. Let the inside of your home take the lead

In this home, the color palette of the living room flows seamlessly into the balcony providing continuity to the design vocabulary.

“For this residence, we planned the balcony at the north-east corner of the house to maximize on light and the green views outside. Sheltered by the gorgeous canopy of the neighborhood Gulmohar tree, the balcony acts as an extension of the living room,” Sapre says. Even if you don’t plan to make any structural changes to your outdoor space, you can still use this advice when planning your own project. 

Consider the way Sapre used throws, fluffy pillows, and mats in this home, which create a cozier, indoor-like look, compared to, say, leather or wood. Here, the designer opted for a neutral rug on a patterned floor to tie the various pieces of furniture together, which also happen to match the gray-toned, contemporary interiors. If you’re stuck for ideas on your own balcony, consider the decor you’ve already done inside. Have you outfitted it in sleek mid-century furniture? Perhaps some modernist-inspired balcony decor is your best bet. If you go for colors and Memphis-style design, consider continuing that aesthetic outdoors. 

2. Opt for movable furniture that offers flexibility

The outdoor sofa is from Loom Crafts, the coffee table from House of Things and the rug from Ikea.