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Decorating a Rooftop Space in Five Easy Steps

In the concrete jungle, you’re hard pressed to find much space to breathe in fresh air and enjoy an uninterrupted view. Parks and office courtyards offer a nice reprieve from city living, but they’re simply not home.

However, many lucky city dwellers have access to their very own rooftop space. While it may seem nothing more than yet another slab of dull concrete, a few homeowners with a keen eye for design and a craving for outdoor relaxation have been able to transform their rooftop into the perfect outdoor refuge.

modern rooftop design with grass rug and confy rattan chairs

Here are a few tips for decorating a rooftop space:

1) Add Some Shade. Whether the rooftop of your building is up four stories or forty stories, it’s going to get hot. All of that direct sunlight makes for some pretty steamy conditions (and a great place for a few solar panels.) However, by adding a covered awning, a large umbrella or canopy stand you can enjoy the outside and beat the heat.

night glowing outdoor patio furniture for modern rooftop

2) Get Cozy. A rooftop is nothing more than a combination of steel, brick and concrete, so you’ll need something to soften the edge. Add a few outdoor rugs, a few washable canvas cushions and some sort lighting in the form of paper lanterns or candles.

cozy rooftop terrace with fancy furniture

3) Go Green. If you’re really yearning for some earthy touches, a rooftop is a great place for a green patch – especially for plants the need a great deal of direct sunlight to thrive. Grow your own fresh veggies, and a add a few hanging flower baskets or potted shrubs for extra greenery. Or maybe you can go orange? :)

rooftop terrace with glowing neon furniture and small garden

4) Get Cooking. You may not have a backyard for barbecuing, but a rooftop is a worthy substitute. Add a grill for cookouts and an outdoor dining table for summer evening parties. If your building fire code allows, you may even install a fire pit for those windy, chilly nights. With a little creativity, it’s easy to transform your rooftop into a year round retreat.

outdoor blue lighting for rooftop patio furniture

5) Make it fun. Besides a great visual feast for the eyes, make your rooftop sanctuary a place that just invites you and your guests for lots of fun. From cards to dinner to sharing a few beverages between adults, all should be entertaining and exciting. Chess anyone?

modern rooftop space with chess board patioAbove images by Harold Leidner Landscape Architects who took care of a modern rooftop for a private residence in Dallas

And if you need more ideas for your rooftop space, I bet one of these will take your breath away.

modern roof garden with traditional patio dining tableby Amber Freda Home & Garden Design

modern minimalist patio on rooftop terraceby Elemental Design

modern outdoor deck with beautiful patio furniture on the rooftopby Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

loft rooftop dining tableby decor demon

rooftop garden and modern patio furnitureby Joani Stewart-Georgi – Montana Ave Interiors

crisp rooftop patio with outdoor fireplace and city viewsRussian Hill / by John Maniscalco Architecture

roof deck contemporary patio - san franciscoby Gast Architects / Photographer: Paul Dyer

Chicago Rooftop deck with night lightsby Chicago Green Design

roof terrace with outdoor fireplace, teak furniture and a container gardenby Dufner Heighes Inc

rooftop space with modern couch, outdoor fireplace and jacuzziArchitect: Brandon Architects / Interior Designer: Patterson Construction / Photos by: Jeri Keogel

rooftop terrace with garden and comfy lounge chairsby Glenna Partridge Garden Design

rooftop patio with dining table and relaxing areaby jamesthomas

modern rooftop space - relaxed atmosphere for dining and loungingby D for Design

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