It can be tricky deciding what materials to include in the design of an outside space. Wood, metal, wicker – real or faux – it’s not easy to pick just one. And the good news is, most times you don’t need to.

Alex’s design for the loft’s downstairs patio is a good example of how different materials can seamlessly work together. He is striving to create a modern, but organic look, so he turned to teakwood, stainless steel and woven fiber – all to be used together.

For the entertaining area, he will use a dining table whose top is made from reclaimed teakwood with stainless steel legs, combining rustic and modern looks into a single piece.

The woven fiber dining chairs by Dedon have modern lines that complement the table’s metal frame, but just enough texture for a hint of rusticity. Simple, square cushions covered in indoor scheme created with Sunbrella fabrics used in the downstairs living room.

For warmth, boxwoods will be used along the narrow side patio, where benches made of the same materials as the dining table can be found between the windows.

When it comes to mixing materials in your home, pay attention to color, proportion, scale and style and be sure to avoid crowding the space with too many elements. Simplicity is difficult to achieve, but when you have it’s a joy to behold.

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