Primary hues and bold patterns make this outdoor space comfy, practical, and decidedly retro.

Colorful Family Patio
Meta Coleman

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To make the most of summer’s long, sunny days, interior designer and stylist Meta Coleman created a colorful, family-friendly outdoor-living space at her home in Provo, Utah, that riffs off retro. The choice of predominantly primary colors alongside bold patterns was inspired by a ’70s-era photograph Coleman saw of three women wearing mismatched striped dresses, dancing barefoot in the street. “I haven’t been able to get that image out of my mind so I decided to pay homage to it with my backyard patio design,” she says. Her interpretation mixes timeless stripes with small mod florals and prints from Finnish design house Marimekko. “I recommend varying the scale of your patterns and incorporating some of the color from the main pieces into the accessories,” she says. She opted for low, deep seating that’s both “comfortable and practical.” The red vintage fireplace adds height to the space but it proves useful too. “We can prepare our dinner in the fire and enjoy its warmth when nights start to get chilly.” Tap into this bold look with a few well-selected, high-impact pieces.

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