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Simple and affordable patio ideas

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Patios can be really hit or miss. Get them right and the're valuable extra social spaces that your home can enjoy. However, leave them too basic and you'll find they look a little… naff and pointless! 

Ask any gardener and they'll tell you making more of a patio isn't as touch as it might seem, as simple approaches can be best and will still have a big impact on how usable and stylish the space is. 

Never forget that your patio is an extension of your garden design so, if you've nurtured your leafy friends, it's about time you turned your attention to the rest of the space as well.

1. Add planters and pots to the walls

To make more of them and lessen how bulky they look and feel.

2. Stick to natural materials for your furniture composition

To create harmony with the surroundings.

3. Always try to include a lot of natural wood

As it looks timeless and elegant.

4. How about getting in touch with your Zen side?

Neat, bordered floral displays are the key, along with white gravel.

5. Create your space around nature that's already in place

You have to respect Mother Earth!

6. Shingle and wood will create a neat and organic display

A water feature will go a long way too.

7. Negate the grass altogether

In favour of modern, neat tiles and easy to manage borders.

8. Nothing adds character like a reclaimed wood pergola

What a great spot for eating outside.

9. If grass isn't for you but you love the beach

Use it as inspiration to create your perfect patio!

10. Quick and simple

modern Garden by Joana França
Joana França

Casa Malva, Bloco Arquitetos

Joana França

A hammock or two will make even a narrow patio usable and fun.

11. Needing none of the valuable floor space

tropical Garden by Greice Peralta
Greice Peralta

Jardim Vertical

Greice Peralta

Agreen wall will instantly perk up your patio.

12. A few well-chosen tropical plants

Will instantly give your patio more of a holiday vibe. Shingle is the perfect finishing touch!

13. A dash of colour is never a bad thing for a patio

This grass looks so luscious, as do the plants.

14. A sprinkling of gravel, a pair of deck chairs

And you're ready to enjoy your patio. How simple is that? Painted walls are fab too!

15. An unfussy lawn

A great way to let nature dictate your patio style. A wooden path makes for a gentle access option.

16. Simple and cheap to make

modern Garden by Katrin Lesser
Katrin Lesser

Sitzecke im Südhof

Katrin Lesser

Concrete benches are a great way to up the usability of a patio.

17. Fabric awning

Is a lovely way to add some all-weather protection and style.

18. If you can't decide between slabs and grass

Why not have both? This amazing mosaic design is gorgeous!

19. Wood, wood and more wood

A fantastic feature wall has made this eating spot so much more exciting.

20. We can really get on board with this idea!

Plant wildflower seeds in planter boxes and leave them to bloom. Simple but effective!

For more patio inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Affordable patio renovation ideas.

Which of these ideas could transform your patio?
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