Do you want your outdoor space to really pop? Whether you are looking for elegance or a fun spot for a barbeque, you can wow your guests by entertaining with these stunning patio furniture ideas.

Mixing solids with stripes

A fun outdoor space can really stand out by mixing solids with stripes. Choose your two favorite contrasting colors, and start browsing outdoor furniture. Look for solid color furniture, then add striped pillows and decor. The contrasting pattern and color will really make your space stand out.

Don't be afraid to choose white outdoor furniture.

Yes, white furniture can be very hard to keep clean, especially if you have small children about or live in an area with heavy storms. But keep in mind that outdoor patio furniture is designed to withstand rain and sun, which means that they are not easily faded and they are easier to wipe down than indoor furniture. White furniture is bold, and gives you plenty of opportunity to decorate with bright colors. (It's also a lot cheaper!)

Create a space not suitable for adults.

Why do the kids get to have all the fun? Make a bold statement that we should all be childlike on occasion by decorating your outdoor space with inexpensive, brightly colored, youthful exuberance. Include a play area for the kids that includes activities in which the adults will happily participate. Top it off with references to your childhood to amuse your like-minded guests.

Get back to basics with art deco.

The stark contrast of black and white is the hallmark of the art deco period, but there is no reason to leave this patio furniture design idea in the past. In fact, basic but elegant black wrought iron furniture accented with white seats and surfaces is a current European trend. Give it your own flair by throwing in a dash of your favorite rich color with throws, pillows, or draperies.

Earth tones don't have to be boring.

You can get some very stunning outdoor patio furniture in earth tones like muted browns, reds, and yellows. The Southwest feel of such colors can be further brought out with bold Spanish style patterns. To really make a space pop, use solid color furniture with pillows and decor using contrasting colors and geometric shapes. Warm terracotta tiles or planters can give it a more inviting look.

Clean and simple designs can still make a statement.

Modern Scandanavian outdoor patio design is all about being simple but sleek. Go with a muted color like a soft gray, then contrast it with a darker color of slim-line outdoor furniture. The key here is to decorate with varying textures rather than color. It gives a space an elegant but comfortable look that doesn't distract from the beauty of nature.

Design the perfect place for afternoon tea.

If you love British decor, you can't go wrong with a floral motif. Floral patio furniture is available in a wide variety of styles and colors, but if you want to get that English cottage look you'll want to go with pinks, light greens, and baby blues. Surround your quaint, small patio table with elegant slim chairs and flowers.

Creating a bold outdoor space for relaxation or entertaining doesn't have to break the bank. Look online for more patio furniture ideas.