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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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Patio - beach style gravel patio idea in San Diego

Ed Gohlich Photography
Patio - beach style gravel patio idea in San Diego
we do want an outdoor fire pit area, this one is clean and inviting to me. Although i think a traditional wood fire would be preferable to me. - william_heart93

Mid-sized elegant backyard stone patio photo in San Francisco

Photo © Jude Parkinson-Morgan
Mid-sized elegant backyard stone patio photo in San Francisco
nice flowers and color by the patio - webuser_274173997

Eat-in kitchen - large traditional single-wall light wood floor eat-in kitchen idea in DC Metro with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white backsplash and an island

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
I like the style of the patio. 2/14/19 - niyanta_calyampoondi

Example of a transitional backyard patio design in Dallas with a fire pit and decking

Located in Highland Park, Texas just off the Katy Trail, is this outdoor patio project that took a stale, harsh exterior space and turned it into an inviting and private space for the owner to enjoy. The project featured custom planters, led lighting, privacy screen plantings, ipe wood deck and an outdoor fire pit with comfortable exterior furniture for relaxing and entertaining.
Cool planter that goes up the wall - smithma8

Trendy concrete patio photo in Other

Trendy concrete patio photo in Other
off 3 season room with glass walls and concrete - sarahmayhem

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
White car siding ceiling with stained beams - case_indy

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
Seems like Gunnar and I could do something like this ourselves - webuser_450545982

Example of a trendy tile patio design in San Diego with a fire pit

Example of a trendy tile patio design in San Diego with a fire pit
love this all the lighting and the seats that the cats can sleep in - mobimed

Example of a classic backyard concrete patio kitchen design in Los Angeles with a gazebo

Louie Heredia
Example of a classic backyard concrete patio kitchen design in Los Angeles with a gazebo
Perfect to nap on a summer afternoon, or enjoy company on a long summer evening. - pumpk1n

Patio renovation located in Gainesville, Virginia featuring EP Henry pavers.
Small elegant backyard brick patio photo in DC Metro

Example of an eclectic tile patio design in New Orleans with a gazebo

Example of an eclectic tile patio design in New Orleans with a gazebo
This picture represents an eclectic style because of the worldly look, the pattern on the rug, and the colors/ textures. - webuser_502789854

Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola

Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola
the crisp lines with the soft palette - luckywolfe

Patio kitchen - large contemporary concrete paver patio kitchen idea in Houston with a pergola

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens provide that extra motivation to get outdoors on the patio and enjoy the seasons!
Patio kitchen - large contemporary concrete paver patio kitchen idea in Houston with a pergola
I like the NYC looking furniture. It is very cityish. - caelynnward

Patio kitchen - large modern backyard tile patio kitchen idea in Miami with a roof extension

Patio kitchen - large modern backyard tile patio kitchen idea in Miami with a roof extension
Dark stained ceiling with white beams - case_indy

Patio - large transitional courtyard patio idea in Los Angeles

Patio - large transitional courtyard patio idea in Los Angeles
Love those chairs! Looks pricey. - kmeastbur

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
Modern style, size, wood material - amaia_stecker

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard tile patio remodel in Chicago with a fire pit

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard tile patio remodel in Chicago with a fire pit
Oh wow. Resort tease. - mslon50

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
Partially covered patio as well as a patio in the sun - webuser_26601080

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
Wall and tejavan not covering the kitchen area completely. - jamie_dlt

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