Spring has sprung in Northeast Ohio and it’s an incredible time to begin reimagining your backyard. A smart patio design with landscaping in mind will take you from spring through summer; and if you are one that doesn’t mind a little crisp, winter air you can even create a concept reminiscent of a cozy winter chalet. You’re limited only by your imagination!
Backyard Retreat or Chic Entertaining Space
With a thoughtful design strategy, your backyard patio can be both! To create a peaceful respite from the hectic day-to-day opt for neutral color palettes, all-weather furniture, and spare arrangements. Place lush plantings requiring minimal upkeep throughout the space for a calming and serene environment. This low-maintenance concept will match your relaxing and entertaining needs so that your patio will be party ready when you have get-togethers – large or small.
Patios can be located anywhere you can create a floor! – From brick, flagstones, wood chips, or gravel. How you intend to use the space will determine the size and materials needed. Poolside patios, for example, will be different from a smaller, more intimate breakfast area. If the space is shade-lacking consider adding a pergola or freestanding umbrellas. Umbrellas are also a great opportunity to add color and design to the patio so choose bold colors and patterns to amp up the backyard scene.
Everyone needs a solitary spot for indulging in a good book, sharing conversation or sometimes just finishing a thought! Even if you have an open concept patio you can still reserve a corner to create a cozy spot. Incorporate lushly planted flora and add in a water feature like a small koi pond or fountain; finish off with a few overstuffed, comfortable lounging chairs and a small table for resting good drinks and a great read.
Take the Indoors Outdoors
Take advantage of and enjoy the great weather by creating a space that allows you to take your indoor activities outside. A covered patio design means you can incorporate refined outdoor furnishings, amazing amenities and more. Add a distinctive dining set and add some posh chairs with a crafted table fitting your personal style. Add some elegance and hang a gilded mirror on an exterior wall or fence. Make the space luxurious and adorn chairs, chaises and settees with beautiful outdoor fabrics in a variety of textures and bursts of color.
Amplify a patio’s appeal and decorate with flower pots and accessories. Consider adding an element of lighting, stereo speakers, an outdoor kitchen, and/or a fire pit. If you want to keep the space low-maintenance, be sure to choose all-weather-friendly accessories.