Having a patio provides multiple benefits. It’s an ideal place to enjoy your morning coffee, a space for children to play, an entertaining area, and a zen retreat if needed. Of course, to be all that, the patio needs to be thoughtfully designed, which requires time and effort. And let’s not forget the financial investment as well.
If you feel your current patio design is dull and uninspiring, we have a few ideas that will help you turn it into a relaxing retreat. We’ve made sure to include some fantastic low-budget ideas, too, so read on.
Divide It into Zones
Depending on the size of your patio, there are several ways to define patio zones.
One great way to do it is by using area rugs, which can function as defining elements of specific areas, regardless of the square footage. The outdoor area rug needs to be weatherproof, UV resistant, and durable. It should also be large enough to cover the area underneath the furniture and leave some additional space. You can use different shapes and sizes for different areas or use the rug layering trick borrowed from interior design.
Another inexpensive and convenient way to create different zones is by using hanging curtains. This way, you can create a temporary wall, a dreamy vibe, and also some privacy.
Consider the Interior-to-Exterior Transition
The patio is a transition zone between the interior and exterior. You can emphasize this by using comfortable furniture resembling that of a living room. Get a comfortable outdoor sofa in a style, material, and finish that complements your patio. Weather-resistant fabric is a must. Include soft, comfortable cushions. Cushions also come in handy if you want to add a pop of color, texture, or pattern.
Create Space for a Warm Gathering
Throughout history, fire has been a place around which people have gathered to cook meals, eat, tell stories, and spend time together. That’s why no patio would be complete without a fire feature. Traditional wood-burning fire pits are a go-to option for patios, but propane pits make a good alternative. The best propane fire pits are easier to maintain and use, and you will avoid dealing with ash and smoke. You can find them in different shapes and sizes to fit every patio style.
Choose a Functional and Striking Centerpiece
Speaking of gathering places — a dining table plays a huge role in the overall patio design, especially if you’re planning on using the outdoors for entertaining. To be used as a design element, the dining table should add a strong visual impact while being sturdy and durable. Dining tables that resemble cast stone could achieve that, but if you’re looking for a more vintage feel, explore your options with solid wood. The chairs around it could be of the same material, but you can play around with eclectic designs.
Utilize Different Lights
If you are planning on spending time outside after the sun goes down, you’ll need to think beyond a few candles and lamps. Consider installing a semi-flush mount or an overhead pendant light above the dining table. Pay attention to both form and function. A carefully selected pendant light can be a striking design element as well. Think metallic shades, rattan, or iron. For bohemian design, you can opt for string lights above the dining area. Depending on the space at your disposal, you can also incorporate solar lights along the garden path or walkway.
Don’t Forget That You’re Outside
While there is a strong connection between the interior and the patio, you should always remember that the whole point of the patio is to spend time outside. This makes greenery the most important design element. Plant some plants and grass around the space and place large and small potted plants around the patio. The pots can also serve as visual elements if you choose interesting colors and patterns that match the style of the patio. If you are short on space, make a vertical garden.
Choose Pieces That Stand Out
Finally, the patio should show off your personality and overall family spirit. Adding unique pieces will make the patio design truly your own. They can come in the form of sculptural coffee tables, bold and colorful furniture, antique pieces, repurposed armchairs, and other one-of-a-kind items. Finish up with accessories such as wall art, garden statues, vases, flower racks, hammocks, and beverage coolers.
These ideas should spark your imagination to create a patio based on your style and preferences. You can embrace them or change them as you like. Don’t hesitate to experiment and have a lot of fun creating a patio you’ll be proud of!
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