The point of having a patio is all about making it visually pleasing and comfortable for you and your guests. With all the new stylish offerings available today, it's easy to a recreate resort-level luxury with plenty of cushioned seating, separated dining area, and the chill out lounge. If you bring your decorating style from the outside to your outdoor living space, your guests will feel as if they've arrived at a remote destination, albeit you're sitting in a suburban backyard. Let's look into the most persistent patio design trends.
A blue flame propane fire pit or a built-in fountain is a nice addition to your patio, however, unless you're completely sure you want such a feature, it's better to go with a purchased version than build one from the scratch. In addition, a purchased fire pit offers more flexibility, as you can move it around the patio to see where it fits best. Adding a seating wall along the edge of your patio gives you a year-round seating option. It's definitely less formal than a matching set, and it provides seating when the movable furniture is put away for the winter.
A key feature to backyard entertaining is the ambiance, and there's hardly a better way to introduce mood than through lighting and music. These elements need to be planned early in your outdoor design. Many homeowners make a mistake of making lighting an afterthought, but it's actually one of the most effective elements of your outdoor patio space. Experiment with a combination of white or warm yellow string lights and task light fixtures such as lanterns, lit cubes, and planters. Faux candle lights with LED inserts provide a realistic titillating light and they can upgrade any decor.
Separate dining area
Dining al fresco and entertaining guests on your patio is one of the main benefits of having a useful patio. Rather than designing your lifestyle around the space, carve the right area for your outdoor dining table that fits your dining habits. If the space is limited, make sure you place your all-weather outdoor dining furniture setas close to the indoor kitchen door, or near the outdoor kitchen or grill. If the meals are prepared inside, make sure not to butt the table against the outside kitchen wall, as it can get frying-hot in the summer.
Pick low maintenance plants
Introduce some greenery into your patio with plants that don’t need constant pruning, or choose dwarf cultivars that won’t take up much space over the years. Some of the best recommendations include ‘blue shag’ or eastern white pine whose soft textured needles create a rounded canopy. ‘Little Giant’ or ‘Linesville’ cedars also have rounded canopy forms, while upright and glossy green foliage and large fragrant blooms of ‘Sixteen Candles’ summersweet will infuse your patio greenery with some texture.
Provide shade features
A cantilever patio umbrella is an ideal option to shade your outdoor living spaces. They are available anywhere from specialty garden furniture stores to big box stores. While the prices vary, the general idea is that more you spend the more your umbrella will last, since cheaper ones often lack weatherproofing options such as anti-UV coatings and are built with inferior fabrics. Alternatively, if your patio is near the house or surrounded by trees, you can install a removable canopy, most of which are made with fabrics that allow rain to pass through.
Sprucing up your patio means more than just setting a new set of chairs or table treatments. It means allowing an artistic vision to take root and transform this often neglected area into an immensely useful outdoor room.