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Patio Ideas

Outdoor patios are frequently viewed as an extension of indoor living space. Whether it's comprised of stone, brick or concrete, this paved area is often used as a socializing location, especially when there’s a grill or fire pit present. Throw in an outdoor dining set and some patio decor, and it can also become your favorite eating spot! As you browse outdoor patio ideas, keep in mind the follows tips and tricks to get the most out of yours.

How do I plan a proper patio design?


Planning out your patio design before your remodel is crucial. When perusing patio ideas, keep in mind that people use patios for different things, but they primarily use it as a space for entertaining and relaxing. Because of this, figure out what you want this area’s overall functionality to be. Will you have large groups over or a few intimate gatherings? Will you be serving food or are you more of a cocktail hour type? Secondly, take time to figure out what materials will work best for your remodel — different patio designs call for different materials, some of which might not work for your budget and space limitations. Then, decide whether you want a covered or uncovered area; think about any weather (rain or sun) that you want to protect yourself from. Next, determine what amenities are important to you; is an outdoor fireplace essential, or would a smaller scale fire pit work just as well? Do you need a big grill or will a smaller barbecue work for you? Lastly, much like any other room in your home, decorate the space to ensure that it's welcoming, interesting and aligned with your home’s style.

What materials can patios be made from?


As with any outdoor space, materials dictate the overall style and feel, so make sure your choices accurately reflect the vibe of your home. Stone and terra-cotta tile are common with mediterranean houses, while brick is most often seen in traditional homes. Concrete works well with almost any space and style, so it's always a great option when you're choosing patio materials. After you figure out your foundation, decide whether you want a covered or uncovered area. You can always add a pergola, arbor, awning or trellis for some shade, or you can let the sun shine down on your patio. As you look through pictures and compile your favorite patio design ideas, note which materials you’re drawn to and try to incorporate those into your own design.

What should I incorporate in my patio design?


Even though patios can be nothing more than paved slabs outside your house, they can also be so much more if you add the right touches. Fire pits and fireplaces are great for cooler nights, while an outdoor kitchen and bar make it an ideal party mecca. Regardless of what you do, a spot to grill and eat is a must for al fresco dining, and you need good furniture to truly enjoy even the most basic outdoor space. Depending on your budget and maintenance threshold, you can even splurge on a few additional patio ideas, like a hot tub or pool to warm up or cool down all year round.

How should I incorporate patio decor?


You won’t have to look far for patio decorating ideas, since every little thing can double as decor outside, including plants and flowers. You should make sure that everything you do place outdoors, like furniture, is weatherproof. That doesn't mean your patio can't look as good as any indoor living room! Rugs, throw pillows and chair cushions all come in waterproof fabrics, while coffee tables, side tables, sofas, sectionals and armchairs often come together in sets. Rope or string lighting are popular patio decorating ideas (as well as mood setters), as are candles, which can also keep bugs away if you get the right kind. Put together some flower or succulent arrangements in pretty containers and place those around your space to liven it up. Fun little accessories, like a garden gnome, tiki torch, bird feeder or umbrella can add more personality where it's lacking — keep your eyes peeled when looking at patio pictures to see what decor you can draw inspiration from.

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Inspiration for a modern backyard concrete paver patio remodel in San Francisco with a fire pit

View of rear yard included custom-colored concrete walls, pavers, riverstone and a built-in bench around a firepit. Sliding Glass wall system by Nanawall. All exterior lighting by Bega. Catherine Nguyen Photography
Love the different levels and the simplicity of design absolutely love it - webuser_697114347

Example of a classic backyard patio kitchen design in San Francisco with a pergola

Example of a classic backyard patio kitchen design in San Francisco with a pergola
not the style but the adjacency of the dining and cooking areas - klka

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Patio kitchen - beach style patio kitchen idea in Orlando with a roof extension

Rickie Agapito
Patio kitchen - beach style patio kitchen idea in Orlando with a roof extension
Super perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. - webuser_396485012

Patio - beach style backyard patio idea in Miami with a fireplace

Patio - beach style backyard patio idea in Miami with a fireplace
White furniture with blue accents - tisha_horner

Inspiration for a large timeless backyard stone patio remodel in Columbus with a fire pit

Inspiration for a large timeless backyard stone patio remodel in Columbus with a fire pit
I like this idea but don't want to put the fire pit next to the neighbors property vs near our house - kyle_ingraham

Inspiration for a southwestern patio remodel in Phoenix with a roof extension and a fireplace

ArchitecTor PC Built by Gemini Development Corp. Interior and landscape design by Joni Wilkerson Photos by ThompsonPhotographic.com
Inspiration for a southwestern patio remodel in Phoenix with a roof extension and a fireplace
I like the idea of hanging benches like these! - sdari80

Patio - large mediterranean courtyard tile patio idea in Los Angeles with a pergola and a fireplace

Patio - large mediterranean courtyard tile patio idea in Los Angeles with a pergola and a fireplace
Like table with curved base & color - feryalcim

Mid-sized transitional backyard concrete patio photo in Minneapolis with a roof extension and a fireplace

Scott Amundson Photography
Mid-sized transitional backyard concrete patio photo in Minneapolis with a roof extension and a fireplace
the updated look of the stonework on fireplace. similar to what we have but smooth and slightly more modern. - elizabeth_thornton2746536

Mid-sized tuscan backyard patio photo in Los Angeles with a gazebo and a fireplace

Every day is a vacation in this Thousand Oaks Mediterranean-style outdoor living paradise. This transitional space is anchored by a serene pool framed by flagstone and elegant landscaping. The outdoor living space emphasizes the natural beauty of the surrounding area while offering all the advantages and comfort of indoor amenities, including stainless-steel appliances, custom beverage fridge, and a wood-burning fireplace. The dark stain and raised panel detail of the cabinets pair perfectly with the El Dorado stone pulled throughout this design; and the airy combination of chandeliers and natural lighting produce a charming, relaxed environment. Flooring Kitchen and Pool Areas: Concrete Deck: Fiberon deck material Light Fixtures: Chandelier Stone/Masonry: El Dorado Photographer: Tom Clary
El estilo para el kiosko de la finca... - webuser_405356283

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Trendy patio kitchen photo in Miami with a roof extension

Trendy patio kitchen photo in Miami with a roof extension
Patio: Pre-cast Pavers- Cool Colour Scheme - webuser_890527408

Patio - farmhouse patio idea in San Francisco

Matthew Milman
Patio - farmhouse patio idea in San Francisco
u shape in back around entertaining - kymsmoak

Example of a southwest backyard tile patio design in Phoenix with a fireplace

Example of a southwest backyard tile patio design in Phoenix with a fireplace
Love this for fireplace off master bedroom!!!! - melissa10061

Patio kitchen - mediterranean patio kitchen idea in Los Angeles with a pergola

Patio kitchen - mediterranean patio kitchen idea in Los Angeles with a pergola
I like the tile although you think it is too "indoor". Well, you are wrong. and the heaters are great on top of the pergola. - oberryman

Coastal backyard stone patio photo in Orange County with a fire pit and a pergola

Photo: Tessa Neustadt
Coastal backyard stone patio photo in Orange County with a fire pit and a pergola
Chairs in patio or by pool - fuco_rodriguez

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard concrete patio remodel in Milwaukee with a fire pit and a pergola

Design: modernedgedesign.com Photo: Edmunds Studios Photography
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard concrete patio remodel in Milwaukee with a fire pit and a pergola
Completely detached pergola, simple cement patio surface - lisarplatt

Patio kitchen - large transitional backyard concrete paver patio kitchen idea in Miami with a roof extension

Patio kitchen - large transitional backyard concrete paver patio kitchen idea in Miami with a roof extension
I like all the cabinets in this house but overall it lacks color. Very grey and white throughout. - karolina_miller44

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Patio - rustic backyard patio idea in Seattle with a roof extension

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Patio - rustic backyard patio idea in Seattle with a roof extension

Tuscan tile patio photo in Other

Tuscan tile patio photo in Other
Entertainment - jennie_rounseville

Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola

Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola
Henok Interiors and construction - henok_anku

Example of a huge classic patio design in Minneapolis

Hendel Homes Landmark Photography Summer Classics
Example of a huge classic patio design in Minneapolis
Stamped concrete with shake siding - horsthemeke91

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Inspiration for a mediterranean backyard tile patio remodel in Houston with a gazebo and a fireplace

Inspiration for a mediterranean backyard tile patio remodel in Houston with a gazebo and a fireplace
note: outdoor fireplace - lnsw

Inspiration for a large transitional backyard concrete patio remodel in Seattle with a fire pit

Inspiration for a large transitional backyard concrete patio remodel in Seattle with a fire pit
Henok Interiors and construction - henok_anku

Large elegant backyard stone patio kitchen photo in Dallas with a roof extension

This gourmet kitchen includes wood burning pizza oven, grill, side burner, egg smoker, sink, refrigerator, trash chute, serving station and more! Photography: Daniel Driensky
This one shows extra built in areas such as a pizza oven and a smoker at the one end - webuser_265841620

Eclectic patio photo in Richmond

Bruce Nelson Photography
Eclectic patio photo in Richmond
Great looking fire pit & surround. - skalessi

Patio kitchen - large contemporary courtyard concrete paver patio kitchen idea in Dallas

Patio kitchen - large contemporary courtyard concrete paver patio kitchen idea in Dallas
Brown gray stain on pediment style gable - megstwin

Inspiration for a farmhouse backyard stamped concrete patio kitchen remodel in Boise with a pergola

Inspiration for a farmhouse backyard stamped concrete patio kitchen remodel in Boise with a pergola
Natural Wood - Stained - webuser_417861471

Inspiration for a large timeless backyard stone patio remodel in Providence with a fire pit

A perfect addition to your outdoor living is a seating wall surrounding a firepit. Cambridge Maytrx wall, Pyzique Fire Pit, Round table Pavers. Installed by Natural Green Landsacpe & Design in Lincoln, RI
For side patio. Like the fire pit, and curved seating arrangement - riverbankcan9

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Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless patio container garden remodel in Chicago

Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless patio container garden remodel in Chicago
Like pergola, but maybe overkill. Like idea of sheltering / hiding the bulk head. - al_casazza

Inspiration for a timeless backyard stone patio remodel in Minneapolis with a roof extension and a fireplace

Builder: John Kraemer & Sons | Architect: Swan Architecture | Interiors: Katie Redpath Constable | Landscaping: Bechler Landscapes | Photography: Landmark Photography
I really like the ceiling, the white structure and the fireplace on one wall - sdari80

Trendy brick patio vertical garden photo in Philadelphia

View from driveway of green wall and mahogany deck stair Kyle Born
Trendy brick patio vertical garden photo in Philadelphia
Create a wall outside? Hurricanes! - killaree3

Coastal backyard brick patio kitchen photo in Orange County with a gazebo

Landscape/exterior design - Molly Wood Garden Design Design - Mindy Gayer Design Photo - Lane Dittoe
Coastal backyard brick patio kitchen photo in Orange County with a gazebo
bancos and outdoor kitchen but with adobe - legarci3

Patio kitchen - tropical backyard patio kitchen idea in Hawaii with a roof extension

Ethan Tweedie Photography
Patio kitchen - tropical backyard patio kitchen idea in Hawaii with a roof extension
I like this. Bar and bbq area, eating area and little hut on the other end is good idea. - webuser_206754795

Patio kitchen - mid-sized rustic backyard stamped concrete patio kitchen idea in Boise with a pergola

Patio kitchen - mid-sized rustic backyard stamped concrete patio kitchen idea in Boise with a pergola
gas fire pit with stone seating - stacey_dunlap

Inspiration for a mid-sized rustic backyard patio kitchen remodel in Other with decking and a roof extension

Inspiration for a mid-sized rustic backyard patio kitchen remodel in Other with decking and a roof extension
Second floor Porch area. With built in grill and outdoor fireplace - imcculloch

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Inspiration for a farmhouse stone patio remodel in Providence

Large sliding barn doors & stone Patio. - Maaike Bernstrom Photography.
Inspiration for a farmhouse stone patio remodel in Providence
The add on space to the barn - orourke7

Trendy concrete patio kitchen photo in San Diego with a roof extension

Stone: Chalkdust - TundraBrick TundraBrick is a classically-shaped profile with all the surface character you could want. Slightly squared edges are chiseled and worn as if they’d braved the elements for decades. TundraBrick is roughly 2.5″ high and 7.875″ long. Get a Sample of Chalkdust: http://www.eldoradostone.com/products/tundrabrick/chalk-dust/
indoor/outdoor feel - dbkel214

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