In the summer, your patio becomes one of your most important living spaces. A lot of dining and entertaining happens out there, so you want it to look stylish and inviting. There are so many variations of furniture and decor that it is best to evaluate your needs before you make any major decisions. Think about how you plan on using the space, how many guests you plan to entertain and how often, what kind of lighting you need, and what you need to keep things comfortable (i.e. shade). Once you can answer all of these questions, then it will make it easier when you start planning your outdoor space. Here are 10 patio ideas to inspire you for some chic summer style.
1 Built-in seating matches the curve of this patio and blends right in with nature, keeping things minimal to compliment the beautiful view.
2 The greenery growing along the roof gives this patio a romantic atmosphere. Not much else is required in the way of style to bring this space to life.
Photographer: William Waldron
3 A raised level creates a defined space for dining, while a lower level offers a cozy seating area with pops of orange.
Photographer: Victoria Pearson
4 This beautiful canopy provides both shade and elegance to this patio space. Wrought iron and clean white linens have a freshness against the green foliage.
5 A contemporary fireplace anchors this patio. The focal point creates a conversation area for seating, which has a style that fits the modern flair of the fireplace.
6 To create an old world vibe, use big aged pots, vines and draped curtains. Keep all your tones earthy and toward the warmer side, which a pop of coolness in one area such as the curtains.
7 Gravel can offer an inexpensive alternative for a ground cover, especially when mixed with concrete, tile, or a deck to create dimension.
Photographer: Bret Gum
8 A beautiful trellis can create a memorable alfresco dining experience. Check out the wood base on that amazing table.
9 Polished wood, especially painted white, can give your patio an upscale finish. Pair it with furniture that contrasts with the white for an elegant look.
Designer: Miles Redd
10 Don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture to create a unique and authentic look for your patio. Here, different wood end tables and a coffee table blend well together but each have their own identity.
Photographer: Johnny Valiant
Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Which of these patios could you see yourself relaxing or entertaining on?