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Looking for great backyard patio designs? We will help you. Whether you’re creating a new patio or renovating an old one, we have 13 practical and charming patio design ideas to inspire you.

If you are an outdoorsy person who loves to spend considerable time out in the sun, it’s only natural that you would want to get the best of backyard patio ideas for your outdoor space.

You can sit outside and enjoy cooking and eating meals with family and friends out in the fresh air. And, if you can add al fresco dining, entertainment units, and open-air lounge areas — it will be a dream.

When designing a patio, try to first chalk out a map about the permanent fixtures such as shrubs and trees. Wok around them as you cannot change them. Rather than seeing them as roadblocks to your backyard patio designs and ideas, it’s best if you use them as inspiration in shaping your outdoor patio.

1. Add some warmth with an outdoor fireplace

Modern outdoor fireplacePhoto by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Chilly winter nights call for a session in front of a fire. If you want to sit outside for long or entertain way into the wee hours of the night — it’s a good idea to include a roaring outdoor fireplace into your backyard patio design. And, we don’t mean a fire pit. Think a modern fireplace instead with a door, logs, and the works. Place a comfortable, vibrant couch in front of it and your party is good to start. 

2. Get built-in seating for an informal get-together

Patio with built-in seatingFirepit with wall veneer and recycled glass accents, by Texas Custom Patios on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

You can construct built-in seating in stone or solid concrete and dress it with cushions. There is minimal maintenance required as you can stow the cushions away in the rainy season or when not in use. We love how this outdoor fire pit with wall veneer and recycled glass accents lies in the center of these permanent stone seats. This idea is great for a small patio as well as a big one. 

3. Bring the living room outdoors

Beautiful patioPatio Kits, by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Now, here’s another one of our backyard patio designs that we love. Everything you ever want in an outdoor space is here. From a seating area around a fire pit to a sofa in front of a wall-mounted television — this patio is quite dreamy. Wait! Did we forget to mention that there’s an outdoor kitchen too? Well, there is. You can brush up your cooking skills while watching the TV. Basically, this is an outdoor living room that is great for entertainment and relaxation.

4. Construct a multi-level patio with water feature

Multi-lever patioChiseled Steps, by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

A backyard water feature is bound to add beauty and peaceful sounds to your patio. This multi-level stone patio design has a rustic vibe that is soothing as well as stunning. Stone steps lead to the upper seating area while the lower one leads to a flagstone platform where the stream of the waterfall ends. A scenic landscape indeed. 

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5. Let your outdoor swimming pool make a statement

Outdoor swimming poolLamont Pool Application, by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Not much is required in terms of designing if you’re lucky to have a backyard swimming pool. Place a few loungers around it and your patio will look straight out of a magazine cover. Just make sure that the patio flooring you choose is sturdy and anti-slip. Plant a lot of shrubs and trees around the periphery of your pool to give it a tropical vibe.

6. Make your fire pit a focal point

firepit designPatio Kits, by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

If you’re going for a fire pit, make sure the rest of the patio is designed in such a way that the pit becomes the focal point. Place a couple of comfortable chairs (take the comfort level a notch higher with rocking chairs) around it. You can install a garden umbrella for days while the blazing fire will keep you warm during the nights.

7. Create your own stone park

stone patioLamont (RCP), by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

This backyard patio design is for those who are blessed with a lot of outdoor space. They can create their very own park with a lot of greenery, stone pavers, a fire pit, a log house, and a swimming pool.

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8. Get some shade with a pergola

Pergola ideasVintage, by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Backyard patio designs are incomplete without a pergola or an arbor. You can either choose to keep it basic in wood or opt for a metallic arbor that has colorful vines going up around it. This kind of pergola apart from making the patio stand out also gives shade to those sitting under it. And, you can use the pergola to hang lovely pendant lights for your get-togethers.

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9. Demarcate the area by lowering its level

lowering levelsFront 3A, by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Want to make your patio distinct and interesting? Lower the seating area a little more than the rest of it and beautify the circular area with wicker chairs and ottoman. Center them around a stone fireplace for a beautiful setting. Also, placing your sitting area in a lower section can protect it from chilly breezes.

10. Get the al fresco dining experience with an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor diningExscape Kitchens, by Exscape Designs [CC BY-SA 4.0] from wikimedia commons

Create your very own patio dining area by constructing an outdoor kitchen and placing a wicker dining table and chairs. Make the kitchen ultra smart with a grill, oven, and a cooking stove.

11. Color up your area with vibrant patio furniture

Patio furnitureSerano, by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Once you have selected your patio garden design, you can have fun choosing outdoor furniture to complement it. Colorful patio furniture can effortlessly perk up your outdoors. Think vibrant wooden or rattan chairs on a beautiful flooring. By bringing in a lot of color to your patio design, you can achieve a lot in less.

12. Think different with a covered patio

Covered patioFront 3A, by Rochester Concrete Products on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

A covered patio gives you a lot of spatial freedom to incorporate features. You can include a fireplace, a seating area with wooden furniture, and even a mini bar. Enjoy a rainy day while sitting here with a cuppa or your favorite cocktail.

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13. Keep your patio open and simple

brick patioPitter-Patter Patio, by Jellaluna on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Sometimes, the simplest of ideas are the most impressive. This brick patio is beautiful due to the sheer fact that it’s open and large. We love the black lamp post over a movable bench with an attached table. Simple yet utilitarian. You can always add more patio furniture if you decide to host your friends and family.

Conclusion

Patios give your outdoor space a new and beautiful look. A well-designed patio integrates your home seamlessly into the garden area, creating a lovely area that can serve multiple functions.

From adding a seating area with lounge chairs and sofa to an outdoor kitchen and a dining table to your patio design — this space can be used to help you relax, entertain, cook, and dine in style.

Planning your patio design before your remodeling is important. We hope our 13 backyard patio design ideas will help you utilize your existing outdoor space in the best possible way. Happy renovating!

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13 Backyard Patio Designs and Ideas That Will Charm You was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Ramona Sinha
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