04/14/2015 04:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Most Creative Ways to Set Up Outdoor Seating This Summer

By Lindsey DeSimone for Architectural Digest.

These inspired spaces from our archives are brimming with creative ideas for maximizing outdoor seating for your summer entertaining.


(photo: Björn Wallander)

Warm-weather entertaining requires the perfect outdoor space. At her Hamptons home, interior designer Muriel Brandolini fashioned a colorful sitting area using a long custom-made teak sofa topped with vibrant accent pillows.


(photo: Tim Beddow)

Painter Olivier Mourao devised a dreamy seating area at his Ibiza oasis using a white sofa and flowing curtains to add a touch of privacy.


(photo: Simon Watson)

Bright white cushions line the built-in benches of a Morocco home's sun-splashed terrace.


(photo: Joshua McHugh)

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan achieve contemporary cool at their Shelter Island pool pavilion with a mod sectional sofa and array of colorful pillows.


(photo: Nikolas Koenig)

An inviting dining area is set against the back wall of a New York City home's lush garden.


(photo: Simon Watson)

For her Madrid home, decorator Isabel López-Quesada fashioned a romantic courtyard with an antique-inspired daybed and matching chairs.

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