Lenny Kravitz's patio color scheme is 'beautifully modern and subtly chic' – the design ensures privacy and comfort

The back porch of the musician's home exemplifies timeless beauty and function – designers break down everything that's wonderful about the design

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Lenny Kravitz took to Instagram to share a workout video, and the outdoor location is oh-so chic.

The musician's patio idea is a wonder to behold. It features an all-gray color scheme, from the gray wooden flooring to the gray outdoor furniture. The entire space is surrounded by a gray, slatted structure that offers shade on the sides and the roof.

Interior designers adore Kravitz's method of designing a patio. Nina Lichtenstein, Westchester-based interior designer, tells Homes & Gardens: 'Lenny Kravitz, renowned musician and style icon, is not only celebrated for his musical talents but also for his impeccable taste in design, exemplified by his stunning patio. Lenny Kravitz's patio design offers numerous benefits, from its sophisticated all-gray color scheme and practical slat roof to its overall embodiment of style and functionality.'

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Nina Lichtenstein
Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces.

Breaking down the look, two design choices stand out for turning Kravitz's outdoor living room into a tranquil paradise: the gray color scheme, and the slatted roof he's installed. First, the color scheme brings a cozy tranquility to his patio. Kathy Kuo, NYC-based interior designer effuses: 'The weathered grey monochrome look of this patio is beautifully modern and subtly chic.'

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Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a celebrated interior designer and international guru within the home and lifestyle space. She has 20+ years of experience in the design industry.

Lichtenstein adds: 'The monochromatic gray palette of Lenny Kravitz's patio contributes to its modern and sophisticated aesthetic. It enhances the space by adding timeless elegance and creating a serene atmosphere. Furthermore, it's an incredibly versatile look. Gray serves as a neutral base that can be easily accessorized with pops of color or texture. This flexibility allows for seasonal updates and personalization without compromising the overall aesthetic.'

The slatted roof is an equally notable feature of the space. It provides sun protection while maintaining the open, airy feel of Kravitz's small patio. Kuo states: 'Often, with outdoor living spaces, it's nice to let the surrounding environment shine as a visual focus; I love how the green of the plant life on either side and the blue of the sky through the roof slats really stands out against the soothing gray tones.'

'The slat roof provides essential shade, shielding the patio from direct sunlight and creating a comfortable outdoor environment even on hot days. This allows for extended use of the patio throughout the day. The slat roof also adds a layer of privacy by partially screening the patio from neighboring views without completely enclosing the space. It creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere for relaxation and gatherings,' continues Lichtenstein.

She adds, 'Unlike solid roofs, slat roofs allow for natural ventilation, promoting airflow and preventing the patio from feeling enclosed. This contributes to a pleasant outdoor experience, especially during warmer months.'

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Back porch design can be an essential extension of interior design, and following the guidance of Lenny Kravitz's patio is a great place to start.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when she is researching trends or interior history. Before joining Future, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has a MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.