Staying on top: Assembling the right furniture and accent pieces is key in turning a DC townhouse rooftop into a cozy space for relaxation and entertaining, as with this Logan Circle nook by local interior designer Lori Graham.
Outdoor space is coveted in DC real estate—especially the rooftop deck. With the weather finally giving Washingtonians a reprieve, we asked the experts how to make a plein air space cozy for fall. Here’s what to look for.
Planters. Define the area and create privacy with planters, suggests Ligne Roset’s David Zein. But be sure they’re weather resistant. “Believe it or not,” he says, “not all planters are!” Ceramic, metal, and polyacrylic are low-maintenance options.
Furniture. “Look at a piece’s construction,” says designer Tracy Morris, who suggests starting at B&B Italia. “With metal, look for completely welded joints, to keep moisture out and prevent rust.” For quaint spaces, “go for 60- to 72-inch loveseats, and chairs around 29 inches,” she says. “This allows movement and comfort.” Furniture covers are a must!
Accents. Ambient lighting, side tables, and fans may feel essential, but remember a homey rug can tie it all together. Find indoor-outdoor fabric and custom carpeting aplenty at the Washington Design Center. You may have to enlist a designer’s help, as some vendors work only with pros. “Indoor-outdoor carpets have come a long way,” says Chad Stark, senior vice president of Stark. “They’re chic and sophisticated. Stark Lavache and Lafeau are among my favorites!”