Summer is just around the corner which means that it’s time to unfold your cots and lounge outside. You don’t need to go out of town to enjoy the cool summer breeze. In fact, you can just simply relax right by your home.
How do you do that? Well, you stay at your patio of course! A patio is a great space for entertaining guests or staying under the sun’s heat if you know how to design it well. So if you haven’t touched this empty space yet, these ideas will help you jumpstart your project just in time for summer. Check out these great patio designs for your inspiration.
11 Patio Designs You’ll Love
1. Living Room Extension
Living rooms are the most common places to entertain guests, but if you want something different, you can always use your patio. You can design your patio as an extension of your living room by adding a table and a lot of chairs. Take this patio for example. The living room opens up to the open space where there’s also a dining area. This is perfect if you plan for dinners outside.
Or you can place a large sofa so all of your guests can sit comfortably. Then add a small table in front to put all your drinks.
2. Dining Outside
Just like your outdoor living room, you can also create the same thing for your dining room. You can convert your patio into a place where your family and friends can enjoy a hearty meal. This patio has been converted to a full Bali-inspired dining space where you see different kinds of wood being used for the chairs and the table. Add to that the beautifully arranged landscape that makes you feel like you’ve stepped in a spa.
Outdoor dining spaces can also add a different kind of fun for your family. Imagine cooking and prepping the food outside with your children. It certainly makes for a fun family bonding activity.
3. Rooftop View
Living in the city? No problem! You can use your rooftop to create a scenic dining area for your friends. You can make use of the wooden railing to create a seat just beside it to save some space. Then just add a few chairs to the opposite side of a table and you now have a perfectly cozy rooftop.
4. Around the Campfire
Sit by the fire with your friends in this camp-inspired patio. Thanks to modern campfires, there’s no need to keep the flame going just like the olden times. Here, you simply light it with a match and you can sit back, relax, and share stories of when you were young.
Match your patio with comfortable seats so that everyone can feel nice and warm on a cool night.
A lot of people dream of going to Italy. With this Italian-inspired patio, you will feel that you’ve visited this vibrant country. Create this ambiance by filling the patio walls with bricks. Match it with lighting similar to lamp posts. And for the color, mix white with warm colors like orange or red.
6. Into the Woods
When you have a house just beside the woods, it would be such a waste to be closed off from all that nature. Take advantage of the coolness of the trees and the bushes around you by creating a styling patio complete with wooden furniture. You can elevate it a little just like these patios so that you don’t step directly on the forest floor.
You can also take advantage of the greenery around you even if it’s just landscaped. To create a more wood-like ambiance, add larger trees around your area and then mix it with some stones and earthy colored-furniture. That way, it resembles a very nature-inspired patio.
7. Light and Bright
Breakfast in bed might be perfect for hangovers, but nothing beats taking breakfast under the cool summer air. It’s both refreshing and peaceful. Match your patio with the season by using cool colors like blue and white. This color combination is a staple for any bright colored space.
What’s great about white and blue is that they make a space look bigger. Take, for example, this patio by the corner. Thanks to the white and blue colors it feels like you can fit more than 5 people in the room.
8. Tucked Away
Create a secluded spot by filling your patio with vines and tall shrubs. Although vines take time to go around hugging walls and posts, the wait is all worth it. Just look at how the vines beautifully cover the whole space. It suddenly makes you feel that you’ve stepped inside a secret garden!
You can also have a small dining area in your patio if you want some “date night” atmosphere. What’s great about this setting is that you get to enjoy the scenery around you while you sit under the stars.
9. By the Pool
Not everyone has a pool, but when you do, don’t let it go to waste. Surround the pool with tables and chairs that make it more inviting.
You can have a covered patio built by the pool so that you and your friends can eat and drink outside. This is perfect for the ultimate summer staycation.
10. Next Door Vacation
Transform your patio to a totally different place by designing it based on other country’s culture. For example, take some design ideas from the countryside of Indonesia with this hut. Complete with wooden railings and bamboo ceiling, this hut is perfect for getting a break from the city. It whisks you away from the very busy buzz of city life.
Or, you can use your patio to hang a hammock. You can read a book or simply fall asleep here thanks to the summer breeze. Complete your patio’s look by adding a stump that acts as a bedside table.
11. Filled with Pillows
Modern sofas can be a bit stiff. What you can do is add color and texture to the room by using pillowcases that stand out. The trick is knowing what color your pillows should be is to use the opposite color (from the color wheel) of the main color palette of your patio. Or you can pick a color that is bright or warm and pair it with a neutral color.
Tips for Patio Design
Now that you are buzzing ideas, you must be so excited to start your patio project. However, before you buy everything you see in the store, make sure that you are careful with how you’ll create this open space. Here are a few tips from some interior designers on how to go about your patio renovation.
Tip #1: Decide what you want to do with it.
Do you want it to be a public space or a personal space? Will it serve as a drinking area or a pool area? These questions are important because they help you know what the patio will be. Knowing what you intend to do with it will help you narrow down on the things that need to be placed there. Plus, it will help you understand which themes will be applicable to your patio.
If you plan to use the patio as a personal sanctuary, then you can design it to include your favorite themes and colors. You can even place your own cot if you plan on using it as an afternoon nap area.
Tip #2: Determine how much space you have.
Knowing how much space is allocated for your patio will help you realign what you want with the area. If you only have a few square meters of space, then a huge fireplace will definitely be a no-no. You can’t also have an indoor pool in this area. But contrary to popular belief, there are so many things you can do with small spaces.
If the only available space is just outside your living room, then don’t worry. You can still create a space for drinking and hanging out. Take a look at this patio that only has two seats. Thanks to their compactness, you still have a lot of space around you.
But if you have a huge backyard that you plan to convert as a patio, always remember to maximize space wisely. Most people fall into the trap of putting every amenity they want but this only makes things crowded and out of place. Always make sure to plot the design carefully and leave space for people to move around.
Tip #3: Design the lighting.
Lighting is an important aspect of any room. Whether you’re using natural light or artificial bulbs, lighting helps set the mood of a space. If your patio will be used more often at night, then orange lights will look better. This gives a warm and cozy feeling. Plus, it doesn’t hurt the eyes at night.
Natural light should also be considered for the patio’s lighting. It’s important to know where the sun shines so that you can take advantage of its light to illuminate certain areas of your home. The best advantage here is that the lighting is free!
A common kind of light that’s starting to gain popularity for backyards is the scattered lights. This is often used for romantic setups, but they can be very useful for dining out too.
If scattered lights are too mainstream, you can use different lights to fill your patio. Depending on the theme of your space, you can use circular lights, chandeliers, or lamp posts.
Tip #4: Don’t overstuff.
If you’ve ever been to a furniture store, then you know how it feels to be tempted to buy every nice thing you see. There’s a nice lamp, there’s a nice sofa, and if you don’t have any self-control you’ll be walking out there with a load of boxes. But before you get ahead of yourself, make sure that you know what you need for your patio.
There may be a lot of nice things out there, but it won’t look nice if on your overly-stuffed patio. Take a look at these patios who stuck to being simple and minimalist. All they have are matching sofas, a table, and plants.
Tip #5: Add a few ornaments.
Add a little character to your patio by putting a few ornaments everywhere. It can be a vase, a sculpture, or even pillowcases that stand out from the walls and the sofa.
One of the most underrated pieces in any patio is the pillows. If you will notice the two patio designs below, you’ll see how the pillowcases give color and character to the spaces. Without them, the sofas look bare.
Tip #6: Play with color.
Green isn’t the only color out there. If you want something easy on the eyes, you can venture in using cool colors like white, blue, and other pastel colors. Sometimes, having mismatched colors make for a very well-coordinated theme. For example, the boho-chic theme fits well for uncoordinated pastel colors and patterns.
You can also use a color palette for your patio. It can be a mix of different colors or just one color with different shades.
Tip #7: Add a bar.
If you’re the kind of host who loves entertaining friends with drinks, then an outdoor bar can be a great addition to your patio.
FAQs About Patio Design
Have a lot of question about patio design? Take a look at these FAQs for the most common questions asked by homeowners.
1. Is there a difference between a patio and a terrace?
A terrace and a patio are often used interchangeably. Their similarities lie in where they are found. Both are found on the ground, usually used as an outdoor dining room or recreational area. However, a patio is often placed right on the ground, unlike a terrace which is somewhat elevated using a pavement. In some cases, patio and terrace are treated in the same way, so the difference does not matter that much.
2. How do I design my patio?
There are many ways to go about designing a patio. You can either get help from a designer or design it your own using some inspirations like the ones you saw above. When you design, it is always important to consider the purpose, theme, and layout of the whole space.
3. Do patios add value to a home?
A well-designed and maintained patio definitely adds value to a home. In fact, designed patios are one of the things home buyers look for instead of a wide unkempt piece of land. Depending on the design and functionality of the patio, it can add value more than another bathroom can.
If your patio serves as another functional room, say, a kitchen then this will definitely spike up the selling price of your home.
4. Is a large patio better?
Not necessarily. Even if you have a small patio, what matters is how you design it. There are techniques that make small patios look big and inviting. At the end of the day, you want to maximize the space regardless of how big it is.
5. Where is the best place to put a patio?
The answer varies depending on how big your outdoor space is. Most of the time, patios are situated right outside the living room because it can easily be accessed. This will also encourage you to use the patio more often. If you have a large area, you can place the patio at the far end or where the land is flatter. This will help reduce costs for creating a pavement.
6. How do you increase the value of my patio?
You increase a patio’s value by adding functionality. If it functions as a pool area or another dining room, then it adds value.
7. How do I maintain my patio?
Depending on the pavement and walls you have, there can be various ways to maintain your patio. Obviously, regular leak and pest control should be done so that the pavement does not get damaged right away. It also helps to make sure that plants are neatly arranged so its moisture doesn’t affect other furniture near it.
8. Does patio renovation need a permit?
Most states and towns have their own regulations on patio permits. Most of the time, permits are needed if you need to excavate something or you need another water pipe. The rule of thumb here is if you need to dig in the ground, then you will most likely need a permit.
9. How much does renovating a patio cost?
There are varying cost drivers for patio renovation. It all depends on the design and the contractor you will hire. If there’s a lot to be done, then it will definitely cost more than when you just want a platform on top of your lawn. Add to that the cost of buying all the furniture and appliances if you will install a stove or a firepit.