In part one of this post, we looked at the contemporary lifestyle setting: Tres Chic.  In part two of the series, we look at a new traditional setting: Royal Kahala Black Sands.  Both achieve a serene ambiance, but take two very different design paths to get there.


Classically designed, this outdoor living space exudes refinement.  The neutral tones used in the area rug, sofas and swivel chair allow the colors of nature to take center stage.  The pops of color achieved through the pillows, flowers and table accessories keep the group from feeling overly formal.




Deep seating, plush pillows and incredible craftsmanship make this outdoor seating area feel like it belongs indoors.  Taking a closer look at the artistry of the pieces, we notice an interlaced scroll motif beneath a protective glass top and a complex hand-finish that radiates deep umber colorations. 




Adding an element of new-traditional styling are versatile bunching tables.  They can be used individually as end tables or grouped together to create a cocktail table.  A custom tortoise shell finish on aluminum takes the look to an entirely new level when contrasted with its leather-like wraps.   A herringbone pattern top in all-weather wicker completes the piece.




The next setting achieves tranquility by utilizing an octagonal fire pit that offers both warmth and soft lighting.  Four swivel chairs frame the firepit providing comfortable seating and easy conversation.  The interlocking x-pattern ties the group together and creates a designer look.



Alfresco dining takes on an air of sophistication by keeping a foundation of neutral tones enhanced by subtle paisley patterns on the cushions, pops of orange hues through the patio tile and flowers, and a border of lush greenery. 




Taking a closer look at the furniture detailing, one notices graceful scroll patterns merging with quatrefoil designs to create a unique, yet timeless dining surface. The chair features turned legs and a scroll pattern on its back, giving the setting a cohesive look.  


Relaxation is taken to a new level with these refined lounge chairs.  Classic turned legs and scrolled arms are enhanced with a neutral base cloth and subtle pin-stripe motif.  Paisley kidney pillows complete the traditional aesthetic.

In addition to frame shape, color and fabric also influence the feel of a group.  This traditional color board, for example, showcases classic paisley patterns, menswear-inspired pinstripes and light-toned fabrics that allow you to dress the timeless group up or down by changing out the pillows and accessories.  This palette is ideal for those looking for a great base upon which to build.


Contrary to the first color palette, the next color board takes on a bolder personality with a mixture of patterns and orange hues.  Note, in the example below, the awning stripe on the two accent chairs below enhanced by the paisley pattern kidney motifs.  Blending classic patterns with a vibrant burnt orange creates a cohesive, yet conversation-starting look.


Regardless of preferred design aesthetic, everyone can create a functional and stylish outdoor space by incorporating deep seating, color and craftsmanship into their desired space.  Looking for more inspring outdoor spaces?  Check out our Outdoor Living Board on Pinterest or our Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living Gallery.


Now that we’ve shared some of our outdoor environments, it’s your turn.

What are some of your favorite color palettes to use outdoors?

What elements do you translate from indoor to outdoor?

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