5 Of the Best Patio Ideas For 2021

patio with with orange chairs around a table

Did you know that 43% of Americans are planning on spending over $1,000 on a summer vacation this year? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a vacation spot right on your own patio?

With the right patio designs, you can spend the summer at your own home while feeling like you’re on a special, expensive getaway. Plus, you’ll be making more use of your home which you’ve already spent money on and feel comfortable in. 

With these 5 patio ideas for hardscape and softscape, you can make a private outdoor oasis in your own backyard.

1. Unexpected Lights

Using lights on your patio extends its use from day to night. Many people have lanterns or porch lights to turn on to illuminate their outdoor space, but you can get even more creative by choosing expected light sources and their placement.

Zigzag and twist fairy light over structures in mass quantities to create a soft or even twinkling glow. Add visual appeal to corners with LED candles that gently flicker. You can even wrap lights around the branches of a nearby tree for a whimsical approach.

2. Exotic Theme

To enhance the feeling of being on vacation, choose an exotic theme for an escape just feet from your back door.

Whitewashed walls and patterned dishes add a Mediterranean feel. Softscaping ideas like large tropical plants and vines can make you feel like you’re on a jungle vacation. Tiki torches and sand-colored hardscape will place you on a distant beach.

3. Bold Colors

Patios don’t need to be all neutral tones. If you want to brighten and freshen up a space, a bright, bold color will do a lot of the work for you.

For inspiration, look to Pantone’s trendy color predictions for this year. Or, if you want a more individual approach, choose a color that you’ve always loved that you’ve been too nervous to paint inside. 

4. Permanent Patio Furniture

One of the best hardscape ideas is permanent pieces of patio furniture and appliances. With patio additions, you can include an outdoor kitchen (more versatile than a grill), a bar, a fire pit, a fountain, or walls that double as seating. 

You can always change the look of your patio year to year with cushions, plants, and other decor, but a good base with your furniture and appliances will keep you using your patio for years to come.

5. Offer Shade

On those hot summer days, if you want to be able to use your outdoor space, you’ll need to create shade.

You can add shade to any patio with umbrellas, retractable awnings, and even permanent wooden structures. You can fill your outdoor, wooden roof with vines to help blend it into your backyard theme.

A Patio You'll Love All Summer Long

With some updates, adjustments, and additions you can have a patio that feels like a vacation at home. Design it according to your personal aesthetic with exciting plants, paint, lights, and colors to impress everyone who stops by this summer. 

Let us know your ideas for your next patio project that we can help with by contacting us here!