If you have a patio in your backyard, then you probably don’t want to just throw a few chairs and a small side table back there and call it a day. You will want to take the time to carefully consider what pieces you can incorporate into the space to make it a usable, functional, and beautiful area to lounge in and relax with family and friends.
The following inspired patio ideas are perfect for any homeowner looking to refresh and renovate the backyard space to make it more livable.
Do you think your patio requires a full overhaul to get it to how you want it? Consider these points when determining the size of your next backyard project:
• Do you have ample space for lounging and entertaining?
• Is it a retreat that is welcoming and inviting?
• What is the overall condition of the backyard?
• Is the deck decrepit and in serious need of maintenance and care?
• Are there any cracks in the concrete or an uneven surface area?
• Have you noticed any pooling water in any area of your deck?
If you answered yes to a majority of these questions then you may need to budget for a complete overhaul; meaning, you need to resurface the deck, spruce up the landscaping, and provide some much-needed care and maintenance for the backyard area before you can add in the furnishings and other extras to bring the space together.
Once you get the logistics of a complete patio renovation down, you can then begin thinking about all the different design options you have available to you. When choosing fabric pieces, for example, you will want to make sure that they are weatherproof fabrics that can withstand the rain and not fade in the bright sun. The same applies to the cushions, rugs, and other accessories you choose to adorn the space.
Incorporate Rugs for Style
Rugs are a great addition to any outdoor dining area and make the outdoor space really feel like another part of the home. For a romantic evening meal, lighting a few candles can create the perfect ambience for a night outdoors.
Bring on the Shade with an Umbrella
Umbrellas for the patio are an affordable way to supply some much-needed shade to your outdoor living space and can be used virtually anywhere in the patio design. Before purchasing an umbrella for the space, make sure you take some measurements to find the perfect size and then choose one that fits in with the rest of your décor and colour scheme.
You can even purchase more than one umbrella and position them together in a stylish and functional way to provide more shade and create more of a dramatic effect.
Not really into the aesthetic of a patio umbrella but still want some covered space in the backyard? A patio gazebo is another option to consider during your patio renovation. They are a freestanding option that can shade you from the sun and keep you dry in the rain, and they are relatively easy and quick to assemble.
It also creates a very cosy and even intimate area in the backyard. When you choose the right landscaping and incorporate the best flowers combinations, you are effectively creating a beautiful environment conducive of romance, relaxation, and serenity.
Different Flooring Materials
You can even think outside of the box when it comes to the flooring materials you use for your patio renovation. Tile is an unexpected but amazing choice and it much easier to clean and maintain than a wood deck.
You can also have fun with the different colours and patterns that are available. This versatile flooring option also leaves plenty of room for you to explore more design options because you can then incorporate fun pops of colour in other areas of the patio such as in the cushions or rugs to tie the entire design together.
If you don’t want to go with tile, you can also choose to paint the wooden deck you already have, and you can use it as a focal point to the style you have chosen for the patio.
From using blue and white colours for a more Coastal appearance to using warm colours, clean lines, and elegance for a more Scandinavian feel; you will find that there is no shortage on design and style options for the space.
Want to go Tropical?
If you want more of a tropical aesthetic to the patio, consider the inclusion of rattan furniture, use a whitewash on the railings, and incorporate other more natural pieces and flowers to bring the feel of the tropics to your outdoor living space. It is an easy design choice following what may be a massive overhaul and renovation project.
No Room in the Budget for an Overhaul?
If you find that you just don’t have the money in your budget to do a complete overhaul, you can use key pieces to hide away or transform what you may consider an eyesore on your patio.
You can use vibrantly coloured tablecloths, a few select pieces of new furniture, and some greenery to create a fun and eclectic space without all the work and money involved in a full renovation. Artificial plants also make a great addition and do not require nearly as much work as the real variety.
Even focusing on the smaller details of your patio can help completely transform your deck and patio into an extension of the home and provides the perfect outdoor living space.