Sure, it might seem counterintuitive to choose decorating with black as a way to enliven your patios and porch, but no color amplifies a garden’s bright colors, lush greens and colorful landscape better without detracting from their beauty. Need proof? We hand-picked some outdoor spaces that may inspire you to cross over to the dark side, outside.


On his shaded patio in Salt Lake City, interior designer Gregg Hodson chose black chairs, pots and outdoor sconces to foster the space’s chic-yet-casual vibe.


Design by Alice Lane Interior Design and Robinson Home Builders.

A classic black-and-white checkered floor transforms the porch of an Orem home.


Photo courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Charcoal patio umbrellas and furnishings from Crate & Barrel add a surprising splash to a pool area. 


Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Black accentuates the modern forms of two Brown Jordan chaises overlooking views from a Park City home. Design by J Squared Interiors. 


A landscape shaped by black lava inspired the choice of a modern concrete-topped table and black-toned stools for a St. George patio. Design by Marianne Sax, Split Rock Design.


Photo courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Matte black planters, lights and garden accessories from Crate & Barrel add a sophistication to a garden workspace.


Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Black iron furniture accentuates this St. George home’s exterior trim and clean-lined architecture. Home by Anderson Custom Homes.


Photo by Scot Zimmerman

A pair of matte black orbs draw the eye into the lush shaded garden of a Salt Lake City home.


Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs.

Whimsical black-and-white striped chairs pair with a black bistro table along a stone garden path.

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Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.