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15 smart patio ideas you'll wish you'd thought of before

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The sun is shining and that means one thing; your patio needs some immediate attention to turn it into the outdoor space that you've always dreamed of! We're not going to tell you that you need to instigate a full redesign or that your landscape architect will need totally clear their schedule though, as we've found some amazingly simple, yet effective, ways to make a patio really shine and you'll be so mad at yourself for not thinking of them before! If you're ready to give your garden a whole lot of extra oomph, you've come to the right place—so let's begin!

1. Add a pebble border and go crazy with the design!

This is such a cost-effective way to add some serious glamour to a patio!

2. Cast some concrete furniture.

Simple and cheap, concrete furniture is so chic right now.

3. Decorate the walls a little more.

Hanging baskets are a steadfast garden addition for a reason! Simple, quick to complete and stunning, what a weekend project!

4. Just add water.

Extended living space - Manchester: modern  by Hannah Collins Garden Design, Modern
Hannah Collins Garden Design

Extended living space—Manchester

Hannah Collins Garden Design

A small water feature will really make your patio pop!

5. Make it super cosy.

Your patio can be tantamount to an outside living room, if you get the furniture right. Think day-beds and pretty lighting.

6. Make it magical.

Fairy lights are so reasonably priced, yet en masse, they look utterly mesmerising. Hang as many as you can!

7. Go ALL out!

Maybe it's time to treat yourself to that hot tub that you've always wanted? Go on! You deserve it!

8. Floor people with your design.

Why have decking or slabs, when you can create a pebble mosaic that belongs in the Tate?

9. Strip it all back.

Garden Minimalist style garden by Ed Reeve Minimalist
Ed Reeve


Ed Reeve

Minimalist patios look great and actually require LESS furniture and seemingly, less upkeep! We can deal with that in summer!

10. Inject some colour.

Pick a favourite colour and make it the star of the patio show! Flowers, furniture and accessories in one hue will look so vivid!

11. Promote your planters.

Vibrant Roof Terrace Modern balcony, veranda & terrace by Yorkshire Gardens Modern
Yorkshire Gardens

Vibrant Roof Terrace

Yorkshire Gardens

Don;t just stick with one-colour planters, when a few licks of paint will give you a rich tapestry of finishes! Everything else can be left plain as well, to really showcase them.

12. Choose rustic design.

Rustic aesthetics are great as they don't call for perfection! Leave some scrappy pots, uneven slabs and old furniture in place, but how about giving your chairs a brighter and more exciting finish?

13. Dine out on your ideas.

Le Pres de Bas Rustic style balcony, veranda & terrace by CCD Architects Rustic
CCD Architects

Le Pres de Bas

CCD Architects

Patios are perfect for alfresco cooking and dining set-ups! Anyone can wield some blocks and cement, so why not commit to a really fun project and build yourself a barbecue?

14. Make it handy AND pretty!

Little Eden Country style garden by Aralia Country Stone

Little Eden


Add some multifunctional furniture to your patio and you'll love how handy it is. These log store seats are perfection.

15. Throw away the rule book!

Nobody ever said that your patio can't be ultra contemporary and artistic, so if you love modern furniture and shapes, get some outside!

For more beautiful garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 13 creative garden ideas to make yours stand out.

Are you going to try your hand at any of these ideas?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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