6 stylish outdoor space and patio design ideas

When determining, planning and designing your perfect patio design, lots of ideas can flood into your mind. Although it is good to look at other people designs, probably seen on TV or in magazines, it is only natural if you want something more personal. We have some ideas to inspire you when designing your outdoor space, which you can customise and add your own touch to it.


Add personality to your backyard

Having an outdoor space affords many terrific opportunities. Whether it be a pergola or even an atrium, you have a wonderful area where outdoor dinner parties can be planned or a nice day can be enjoyed. And designing yours is a great chance to be creative. 

Just like the interior of your home, the exterior design is about similar concepts like flow, continuity, and feng shui, but in a looser context because it is outdoors. The elements, the weather, and even pests play a factor in your design. It is common to maintain that strict decorative mindset, but it should also compensate for outdoor variables. 

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Preparing your patio

The best place to start is with the proper patio design layout. Just like measuring a room for furniture, knowing the dimensions and the furniture you would like to put there follows the same rules of space management. You can go to the area, over the edge of the cement or brick flooring area, but it throws off the entire space. 

If you intend to incorporate the yard into your design, it should have equal billing as the covered space itself. Accommodate that space with similar colours, all your patio design furniture matching, complete with coverings like umbrellas or canvas.

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Crafting your patio design

Here are some clever and creative patio design tips you might find helpful:

Landscaping for aesthetics: As you put your outdoor space together, don't forget the view. In shaping your design, backyard needs must be tended to regularly. A right mower and the best lawn edger can help with that. It instils peace, and the smell of fresh air and cut grass is euphoric.  

Don't ignore décor: It is unlikely you will hang your best art in your outdoor space, but a few potted plants, some sculptures or even a water feature will be due nicely. Patio design décor is more resilient, but that doesn't mean it can't still be beautiful.

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Light up your life: Picking the right lighting sets the mood. Make sure your lighting fits the motif you are going for - if you are going simple, then they should be essential; however if you want a classier feel, maybe use outdoor chandeliers. 

Fire it up: No matter who you are, we can all agree that a controlled fire is romantic and offers a mindful catharsis that only the waves' crashing can top. Putting in a fire pit or chiminea not only warms the area but adds an element of the calm reservation to space. It can be significant, small, gas, electric, or even wood-burning. Just make sure you have proper ventilation and an extinguisher only in case. 

Just floored: It is no secret; cement is cold and hard. If you want to have breakfast outside, it might be wise to get a floor covering. Something like a decorative outdoor rug would work correctly. Soft on the feet, and when the cement gets hot, you won't even notice. 

A double deal: For your furniture, how about something that has two uses? An ottoman coffee table with storage within is an excellent place to put extra outdoor items like bug spray or outdoor blankets.

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You will get plenty of use out of your outdoor area. It is much more enjoyable to use a space that is comfortable, attractive, and organized. Be picky about your options, and protect them when not in use. Plastic covers moulded for outside furniture are readily available and not expensive. What other tips do you have for designing a stylish patio on your home? Tell us in the comment section below.

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This is a guest post by Kevin. Author’s Bio: Kevin is a content writer for about 3 years. He studied Design and Arts at College in Pennsylvania. A fan of home interior design and, he has taken it upon himself to spread his love for decorating homes by informing people on some of his ideas through his articles.

The opinions expressed by the guest writer are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Academy. We bear no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the guest writer. This work is the opinion of the blogger. 

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