Summers are often associated with basking in the early morning sun’s rays, sipping on a cold beverage, or enjoying the evening breeze against your skin. Even as the temperatures start climbing you can indulge in all these activities in the shaded respite of your patio. Given the amount of time that you may spend there it’s worth putting in the effort to deck it up while also racking up some style points.
A Tuscan-style patio combines food and nature to bring people together in a celebration of life. Usher in Italian sophistication and romance to your patio with a pergola or trellis, river rock tiles, a wood-fired grill, and an outdoor bar. Place a few vines near the lattice structure for support and guide them to create a web of lush greenery. You may even hang planters with a tangle of grapevines and wisteria dropping for a an added lush garden effect. Opt for cane, pallet, or iron furniture, primarily in natural and neutral shades to tie up the look.
The quintessential French patio is rustic and minimalistic, which makes it perfect for those who want a no-fuss project at their hand. Stick to a pastel color theme or keep it simple with soft colors like white, azure, lavender, or teal. Incorporate floral patterns in outdoor cushions and pillow covers to bring out the contrast with wicker baskets and natural jute rugs. Use terracotta pots to hold your plants and add a few flowers to complete the setup.
Those who have an eye for detail must go for the Moroccan patio, a style that’s highly intricate and detail oriented. Start by pairing together a bunch of Moroccan lamps of varying shapes and sizes to illuminate your patio in a moody golden glow. Add some poufs to increase seating space or use a lattice-patterned rug to offer floor seating.
Given that Moroccan textiles are often textured and free flowing, use tassels to decorate the hanging chair covers. Similarly, use plush pillows dressed in outdoor cushions and pillow covers bearing macrame, tassels, sequins, and fringes for uniformity. For those chilly nights, you can pitch in a chunky throw blanket to snuggle into.
A Mexico-inspired design would add a splash of vibrancy to your patio. Begin by layering custom tarps as a base, followed by a few rag rugs to add comfort and a homely feeling to your patio. Extend the use of bold colors (mainly green, brown, red, blue, and yellow) and patterned fabric, whether as pillow covers or table covers. Due to its association with the desert, you’ll want to plant hardy vegetation such as cacti and succulents that are easy to maintain. Add the final touch of a few colorful accent pieces such as pottery, candles, painted cholla wood, tiles, and a chiminea with personalized cover.
Japanese Zen Garden Patio
For some of us a patio can be a quiet refuge that helps us unwind. If that is the case for you, it only makes sense to decorate it with that in mind by transforming your patio into a Japanese Zen garden. Use steppingstones to create a pathway leading to the patio. Install water features surrounded by smooth pebbles to replicate the soothing sounds of a babbling brook. Alternatively, you can even have a koi pond if space allows. Add “old-world” vegetation like ferns, moss, bamboo, and bonsai plants to the landscape, and you are all set to relax.
The Arizonian or the Southwestern-style patio is suitable for dry climates and sandy areas. For this reason consider enclosing the patio to protect yourself from the heat and to prevent the cool air from escaping. A corrugated or wooden slat roof can work its magic in fitting the theme. These patio designs are heavy on orange and sepia tones, with furniture in paler colors. Once again, desert-friendly plants like hibiscus, cacti, and succulents can survive without a rigorous maintenance schedule.
If you live near the coast you’re already blessed with the natural resources to have a beach-themed patio. Set up a few thatch umbrellas, roll out the custom tarps, and sink your toes in the warm sand as you soak up the sun filtering through your palm tree boulevard overhead. You may even install a hammock or place a few Adirondack patio chairs with Adirondack chair covers for comfortable seating. A tiki bar and some cool nautical vintage items can add a nice touch to your Copacabana patio.
Shades of royal blue, turquoise, and green define the primary colors of the world-famous Turkish designs. An outdoor backsplash of tiles in these shades and repetitive patterns can whisk you right off to the streets of Istanbul. Allow the same to bleed onto the throw pillows, table covers, and gorgeous blankets as the floor seating or ottomans bring everything together. Potted herbs like rosemary, oregano, and thyme or flowering plants like hydrangeas, magnolia, and fuchsias will complement the overall experience.
Just because you cannot travel the world, does not mean that the world cannot come to your doorstep. All it takes is some planning and a dose of creativity.