Designing the perfect patio

The patio is the perfect place to relax during the summer months. It’s a great spot for entertaining guests and family members alike. Plus, a nice place to enjoy some time alone with a good book or just take in the beauty that nature has to offer. However, there are many factors that will determine whether your patio will be functional and beautiful or not. The design of your patio is one of those factors that can make or break your outdoor area. Here are some tips for designing the perfect patio:

Do your space survey

When you’re ready to get to work, take stock of the space. First and foremost, measure it. Make sure you have a clear idea of how much space you have available for seating and walking—after all, it’s not fun to make yourself comfortable on your patio only to realize there’s no room for your feet. You also want to consider whether the sun will be shining in or out (or both) throughout the day—this will help determine how much shade you need from trees or overhanging structures like umbrellas.

Add accessories that work for you

Accessories are a great way to personalize your space, and they can be functional or decorative. For example, outdoor lighting is a great accessory because it adds light to your evening entertaining and makes walking around in the dark safer. Quality outdoor living cushions are also functional accessories that keep you comfortable while lounging on an outdoor sofa or chair. Next, you can go for umbrellas that are quite useful when you have an outdoor dining area that gets hot during the day or if rain is expected.

Talking of decoration, you can add plants to provide privacy, beauty, and shade. Plants add life and color to any backyard area, so don’t be afraid to go wild with planting choices. Just make sure you choose ones that are low maintenance so you won’t have trouble keeping them alive during the summer months when it’s too hot outside for anything but hardy perennials (think roses).

Choose Your Material

As you begin to narrow down the materials you want to use, think about what will be most sustainable and easy to maintain. You want a durable and weather-resistant patio, not one that will need constant repair or replacement. Hence, choose materials that are easy to clean because if you don’t have time for upkeep, your patio might as well be made of crayons and glitter. Finally, consider comfort; your patio should feel good on all levels: visually appealing (in both color and texture) and physically comfortable to sit on or walk across.

Consider Maintenance

Keeping your outdoor space clean is important for both safety and aesthetics. Even if you’re not planning to use the patio every day, it will still be a part of your home, so keep it as tidy as possible by sweeping or vacuuming at least once every two weeks, washing down any surfaces that have collected dust or dirt, and removing any spider webs or long strands of cobweb with a broom or vacuum attachment.

If you have any outdoor furniture that can’t be left outside year-round (like wicker furniture), consider bringing it indoors when inclement weather hits. Or even better: designate one room in the house where all of your patio furnishings live so they can stay dry when wet weather rolls in.


With these tips, you can make the most of your patio space. The best part about designing a good patio is that there are no rules except for the ones you create for yourself. From creating a welcoming entrance to adding some greenery, you can maximize the space and make it your own. So get creative, take risks, and enjoy yourself; after all, this is supposed to be fun!