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As restaurants around New York City have opened for alfresco dining, they’ve gotten creative with their social distancing–friendly setups. Tables are spaced further apart than they were in summers past, and barricades separate diners into smaller groups. It might sound intense, but the presentation of these new, safety-first arrangements is anything but: They’re also rife with plants, pops of color, and some seriously smart accessorizing.

In fact, they’re the perfect inspiration for a backyard patio makeover. Here are a few DIY-friendly ideas we’re planning on stealing for our own spaces.

Plant Bamboo for Privacy


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Planters full of tall, lush bamboo make Evelina’s dining area feel like it’s tucked away in nature. Consider adding them against an unsightly fence for a lightweight cover-up.

Bring the Floor Outdoors


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A painted wood floor outside of the Hi Hi Room re-creates the vibe of its interior—and makes a good case for a colorful deck.

Add in Lush Potted Plants


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No grass, no problem: Clusters of potted plants, arranged by Floratorium, outside of Maman Soho, create a serene escape, while white tables and chairs add to the garden vibe. If you’re working with a particularly small yard—or even a tiny balcony—this approach is pretty foolproof.

Consider Color-Blocking


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A buttery yellow tarp and a pink and white fence create a dreamy color palette outside of Ruby’s Cafe; it can be easily replicated with an awning or umbrella and patio furniture.

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