A well-kept, charming patio can be the perfect private haven through the summer. However, just like any part of your property, there’s a right way and a wrong way to approach the design. Here, we’ll run through some of the best tips for a patio you and your whole family will enjoy.
Settle on One Pattern
Seen as you’ve made it to this blog, your landscape might include a lot of different plants and textures, creating a lot of visual variety. This can be overwhelming if you add too many additional patterns. Instead, settle on just one that will fit your outdoor space, and apply it sparingly. This will tie the whole garden together, and an interesting contrast to any classic garden furniture you’re using. If you’ve got a lot of plain, wooden furniture, for example, using seating cushions all in one pattern and color scheme can give it just the right amount of contrast. If your outdoor furniture’s a little scarce, you can read some handy advice for choosing some here: http://www.gq.com/story/5-tips-for-choosing-outdoor-furniture.
Vary the Function
Many people center their patios and decks around a single function: getting as many barbecues in as the summer allows. You can read more about this here:
https://www.lawn-and-leisure.com/blogs/193-your-patio-grill-completes-your-outdoor-living-area. However, single-function patios are simply too limiting for the average family. Instead of constricting your patio to a single purpose, think about ways you can move the furniture around to get the most use possible out of it. For example, you might want to have a bar-height table on one end of the patio for gathering, food preparation and serving, and then a smaller dining table on the other side, splitting your available space into two distinct areas.
Get the Most from Hardscape
If you’re passionate about gardening, then you may want to keep the hardscape in your garden to a minimum, giving you enough space to cultivate all the plants you want. However, if you’ve got the space and have areas which you don’t mind being too shaded, it can be a very prudent move to maximize the hardscape, designing a patio that makes sense for dining and gathering. Bordering your garden with short walls will not only make your patio more distinct from the rest of the garden, but will also give guests an extra place to sit when you’ve got the whole neighborhood over.
Create a Mix of Materials
Frequent changes in color, or even better texture, can make a patio much more visually appealing. You can use all you know about applying color in garden design here, simply by getting a range of potted plants and using these to create a border. Alternatively, you can use different sizes and materials of stones to separate the seating and eating areas, or whatever other zones you want to establish on your patio. For example, if you’ve got a lot of gray and light blue flagstones making up your patio, adding in some classic red brick will contrast it, and keep the area from feeling too cold.