What Patio Design is Desirable?
The answer to this question is, of course, up to you. However, there are many ways to incorporate your personal style with current and time-tested design techniques. When choosing a patio design, consider these patio design basics:
- Design connection
- Shape, pattern, and texture
- Outdoor rooms
It’s important to consider your existing space, home design, and personal preferences to come up with the design that works with your existing space rather than against it.
What aspects of your home do you love? Is there a color scheme that you find particularly pleasing? If so, you could play off of the color of your shutters or backdoor to find that same color element in a paver stone or mixed into stamped concrete.
What are the focal points of your home? Do all eyes go directly to the back door? Does your house have strong lines or a softer façade? Using a rounded patio design with the straight lines of a Craftsman style home, for example, has the potential to create contrast, or the looks may clash. Perhaps a square or rectangular design will extend the line of your home, creating the illusion of a more usable, livable space.
What kind of physical space do you have available and how can you use that to your best advantage? Even small spaces have vertical design options to maximize usable space without feeling crowded. If you know you’d like a fire or water feature installed, it’s important to consider the physical requirements of that space to ensure you have enough room for people to sit comfortably nearby.
There are more options to incorporate color into a patio than you might think. Take a look around your yard and the back of your home. What color is your back door? Is there a particular native plant that has a striking color flower or bold green? Even different shades of brown and other neutrals offer colors that can be drawn into the design to create a cohesive look with lots of visual interest.
The sun is a key consideration when incorporating color as well. Planning your patio design around sunlight and, just as importantly, shade plays a role in how different colors are enhanced throughout the space.
Shape, pattern, and texture
Design features such as mixing different shapes stones for a border, integrating multiple patterns, and installing multiple textures or texture designs can all add differing levels of visual interest to a patio. A border can make a small space seem bigger and more defined.
Larger spaces can lack a focal point unless a different type of hardscape element is incorporated to keep the overall patio visually cohesive. Whether stamped, embossed, or smooth, contrasting textures can enhance a patio design without making it look busy or overdone.
The option to create a beautiful, custom-designed outdoor room is a beautiful and practical way to expand and enhance your living space without actually creating an addition to your home.
An otherwise simple space can be transformed by adding a roof or similar structure such as a pergola, and can be as simple as adding an additional defined space for seating, or as detailed as incorporating a chef’s quality kitchen, pizza stove, wet bar, or cabana.
One key benefit of an outdoor room is that it enhances your ability to use your outdoor space even in off-season months.
Live in a cold climate? No problem. Simply install a fire pit, fireplace, or even gas-fueled heat lamps to allow you and your guests to enjoy some outdoor time.
Live in a warm climate? No problem there, either. Screened in walls could keep the bugs at bay, ceiling fans will help you stay cool, and the entire structure will be built to take advantage of the direction of the wind to enhance natural air flow.