Take it Outside

Kansas City designers share advice on decorating outdoor spaces


“It’s all about visual drama. I avoid matching all the furniture. When everything matches, it feels unimaginative. Try a new sofa with a found pair of chairs. A dining table can be a great stand-alone as an object of beauty. Generally, less clutter feels more sophisticated, but I love a collection of special stones and objects.”

Patrick Kappelmann, Arcadian Design


“Think about how you use the space and work from there. There are more selections of materials for patios than ever before. Old-brick street pavers, custom-cut stone pavers, concrete, even new porcelain pavers for a more contemporary look.”

Chris Feldkamp, LAND Design Group


“Treat it as you’d treat any other room. A place to set a cocktail. A spot to put your feet up. It doesn’t have to be designed for ‘outdoors.’ Look for interesting things that personalize it.”

Kristopher Dabner, The Greensman


“Each project is unique, but we try to design around the four elements: water, fire, food and shelter. From a simple patio with a fountain, fire pit and outdoor kitchen to an elaborate environment around a pool, the core elements are a timeless need for everyone.”

Michael Given, Michael Given Environments