A patio may seem like an afterthought — you build one way out in the backyard. To people who’ve designed beautiful patios, though, they may be more fulfilling than the indoors.
Patios that are havens of tranquility
A patio can be your own little nature retreat in your backyard. When life gets to be too much, it’s your quick vacation away from it all. An arrangement of fragrant plants, a set of beautiful and comfortable patio furniture, all in a soothing color theme, can set off a space that you just love being in by yourself.
You’ll need to put in a little extra work to create a space that truly offers privacy. You can mark off the area, and screen it off from the rest of your yard with wooden latticework covered in vines. A curved path leading to the area should make sure that the space isn’t in direct view. A tree for shade and plenty of bright, colorful plants are all you need to complete the picture. With your favorite, comfortable, low-maintenance furniture allowing you to put your feet up, your little vacation retreat is ready whenever you need it.
The elegant, high-fashion patio
Patios don’t necessarily need to be fully out in the open. You can have one in a covered part of the back of your home. With protection from the elements available, you can freely decorate it beautifully with elegant furniture. A dining arrangement with fashionable carved chairs and glitzy upholstery, a gilded mirror on the wall or right on the fence, pretty and large potted plants, and comfortable chaises and settees thrown around, are one possible idea. If you get the elegance factor right, you have an environment that you want to spend most of your time in.
The impossibly cool patio
Patios aren’t spaces that usually lend themselves to artwork. Outdoor art, though, can define a wonderfully trendy patio. You get to choose from metal artwork, ceramic, and even ready-mountable murals. Placed amid the lush greenery of a well-tended yard, these artistic touches can make your patio truly stand out. While your patio furniture may be nothing more than fun, wooden, park benches, you could fashion your own out of hollow concrete blocks. With a stuffed plastic outdoor quilt set on the grass before the benches, and plenty of reading material in a small sheltered space, it’ll be a patio you won’t want to leave.
Pergolas — shaded garden walkways or seating areas built of wooden posts and latticework roofs — can be incredibly pretty. A good deal of the final effect, though, depends on making sure that the structure is beautifully crafted. With good craftsmanship, you’ll have this perfect little space out in the open that has all the comforts of an indoor space. You can have comfy rattan patio furniture, a marble table, potted plants and a bright little lantern throwing colorful splashes of light all around.
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