A garden patio makes for a wonderful and welcoming living space throughout the summer months – and even into winter, if you get your garden design right. Compared with gardens, patios and terraces require little maintenance, so the smallest seasonal refresh can completely update your outdoor space. If you’re looking for new ideas that will brighten up your outdoor space this summer, whatever type of home you have and whatever size the patio, garden or terrace, there’s plenty to consider in this inspiring collection of patio ideas. Do you feel like getting inspired by our ideas?
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Add a garden canopy
It goes without saying that patios are a go-to spot for alfresco dining, but rain – or sometimes sun – can be a problem when entertaining outside. A simple homemade canopy made of a swathe of flowing fabric can offer a stylish covering, and gives a somewhat nautical vibe to an outdoor area, but if you have the chance to have professional install a wooden one it will certainly be much better. The options are multiple: you can have mechanism that allow you to open and close the shade of the canopy, or a fixed structure like the one you see in this picture.
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Create an ambience
You may want to dial up your garden’s ambient atmosphere after dark, in which case, consider setting the mood on your patio with blankets and cushions scattered on the floor. But, saying that, don’t be afraid to take a more minimalist approach to your garden design. The most basic patios, whether stone slabs, tiles or gravel, can be given a contemporary overhaul by choosing sculptural ornaments and striking modern furniture. If you are not much of a decoration lover, use light design to define the atmosphere of your outdoors. Think outside the box, and choose a lamp that may be used both for inside and outside your house, with something special to it.
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Blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors
Make the most of a compact outdoor space that adjoins a flat or house, by creating your very own modern secret garden. You could use the same floor tiles for your living room and your patio or terrace, creating a sense of continuity and implying that outside area is merely an extension of the interior decoration. Clusters of large pots holding lush plants create a tropical feeling and the sense of being in nature, which is only enhanced by the warmth of horizontal wood paneling. A vast mirrored panel doubles the space – visually at least – and makes the space feel light and full of energy for a meal or casual drinks at the bistro table and garden bench. Talk about having it all!
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Make it modern
When you have patio tiles or stone underfoot, as opposed to grass, keep the look light with a polished concrete effect floor paired with contemporary garden furniture. This unconventional design table and stylish rattan chairs have an almost weightless feel, and look crisp and fresh against all the wall’s greenery. A large white parasol could help you create the sense of a specific dining zone, while also providing shade on sunny summer days. A perfectly comfy and elegant outdoor corner, don’t you think?
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Extend your indoor space
Create a patio garden that looks nothing like your traditional idea of a patio garden! Roll back the doors from your kitchen-diner and increase space with a seamlessly adjoining al fresco space beyond; the tiles match up perfectly creating a fluid dining area. You could move the table and chairs out easily for fuss-free and family friendly weekend meals and parties. Think outside the box, literally!
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Keep it functional and family-friendly
If you’re looking for garden ideas with a more traditional design direction, why not use garden furniture to set your desired atmosphere? Consider teaming wooden benches with relaxed soft furnishing for a patio haven that’s very shabby chic or, by contrast, set out a vintage-style iron bistro set with slatted chairs and patterned seat covers to capture an effortless French farmhouse look for lazy Sunday lunches outdoors. If you have a brand-new kitchen extension, but the garden beyond doesn’t quite match up (yet), a little streamlined modern furniture can work wonders.
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A reading nook
Every true book lover has a favorite spot to indulge in its hobby: somewhere quite, where he can fully immerge in the adventures of the novel he’s reading, and appreciate the beauty of its literary world at best. And what place could be better to do it, than the outdoors? Now that summer is approaching, spending time on your terrace or in your garden will be relaxing and restoring: just a balm for the soul. Find a sheltered just for yourself in your outdoor area and create your very own piece of paradise. Have you already started fantasizing about the perfect Sunday afternoon you are going to spend in your outdoor reading nook?
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