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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 midcentury modern concrete patio remodel in Denver with a roof extension

Dane Cronin
Inspiration for a midcentury modern concrete patio remodel in Denver with a roof extension
Incorporating a covered patio means that imperfect weather won’t stop you from enjoying the outdoor portion of your space. And if you screen in the patio, you can essentially create an indoor-outdoor kitchen without the bother of bugs. Just be aware that by covering the area outside the kitchen, you’ll also be cutting down on the amount of natural light that is able to reach the cooking zone. - marykahler7

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
Εξωτερική τραπεζαρία - chzissis

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
buiten keuken lichtjes / lampjeq grote deur ipv schuifdeur (verandadeur) vloer eettafel gras - zineb89moukhlis

Patio - tropical concrete patio idea in Chicago with a pergola

Sarah Crowley Photography
Patio - tropical concrete patio idea in Chicago with a pergola
I like the trees along with the furniture. 22 February 2019. - benjamin_finkelstein

Patio - contemporary brick patio idea in San Francisco

Chi Fang Photography
Patio - contemporary brick patio idea in San Francisco
I like the pea gravel surrounded by concrete - sandstone119

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
keuken afdak deur /ramen bankstel - zineb89moukhlis

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
I don't need a 7 blade fan but I like the black fan color, but would it look dirty faster? - taborinn

Example of a trendy backyard concrete paver patio design in Boston

Barrett Photography
Example of a trendy backyard concrete paver patio design in Boston
Something like this for your patio with a small fire pit - sleveque

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
Nice, bigger than the space we have - sethknox

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
I like how there’s lots of pops of intense color on a canvas of black, white, gold, and wood tones. This is what I’d like for my home, with even have a bit more color. - erin_bolick

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
How cool. We could take on this 'look' as a family project. - retinata

Country patio photo in Austin

Country patio photo in Austin
Iron-Wood Cover - de_gall

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
stones imbedded in the grass for a flat area to grill and have a fire pit... - eric_schacht

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

Inspiration for a large transitional backyard concrete patio remodel in Dallas with a fire pit
round firepit in the middle of the yard - wewolfe

Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola

Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola
Lights that Priscilla mentioned - humberto_dutra

Example of a tuscan patio design in Orange County with a roof extension

Example of a tuscan patio design in Orange County with a roof extension
view from patio thru nook to al fresco adnd BL - henrycm

Example of a large mountain style backyard patio design in DC Metro with a fireplace, decking and a roof extension

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
Like the shape and wood style but needs more privacy - katie_rivard

Patio - large transitional courtyard patio idea in Los Angeles

Patio - large transitional courtyard patio idea in Los Angeles
like the doors to patio like the patio bordered by two walls with entrances into multiple rooms would like to be able to see yard (kids) from patio though - webuser_59623435

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