Putting a real effort into the design of your porch and patio is just as important as the design of your interior. After all, your home’s exterior is a proper “presentation” of your house – or if you will, its makeup. The design of your patio needs to toe the line between looks and functionality, so here are some useful tips and ideas on patio design.

Rely on the greenery

Lush greenery that surrounds your house is not only a sun blocker and protection from prying eyes – it can also lend itself beautifully to patio design.

With a few wicker chairs and a rustic table covered in a pastel shade of green – something with a warm twist of yellow – will blend your patio with the surrounding green environment and offer an organic appeal, something that can rest your eyes and your spirit.

A wooden awning is a stylish awning

In order to get a truly beautiful porch or patio befit of a real-estate magazine page, you have to think about awning. This sun-protecting extension can look really crude when it’s made of artificial materials and just nailed into the wall.

Also, you should avoid purchasing awnings that come in strong color shades. Instead, in order to achieve a truly stylish and expensive look, invest in a wooden structure – which includes pillars and a roof – and let the vines grow over it to create natural shade. An iron skeleton for such greenery inclined awnings is also a good idea, but nothing beats the elegant appearance of wood.

Think about the flooring

The floor can make or break your patio. Unfortunately, some people think the idea of this outdoor area is all about slapping some semblance of floor in front of the door that leads into the yard and adding a few chairs and an umbrella on top of it.

Take some time to think about some basic materials and which one to use – whether it’s concrete, tile, brick or flagstone, consider the texture of the potential floor material and how it blends with the rest of the house. What prevalent color do you want?

Remember that concrete and some types of tiling can minimize the wobbling of chairs and tables. Covering the concrete in epoxy flooring coating will also make it more durable. On the other hand, the textured appearance of flagstone and bricks make it better candidates aesthetic-wise. The decision is yours to make.

To open or to close?

Now, the great question when it comes to porch and patio design is whether to keep this relaxation area open or closed. While the whole idea of this area is to savor the great outdoors from the comfort of your home and a proximity to interior facilities such as the bathroom and the kitchen, it can be smart to at least consider the option of “walling it in”.

If you decide to go with this option, just make sure not to overdo it – you absolutely do not want to turn this area into just another interior room. This means the windows of your porch or patio should be as tall as the walls themselves. They should be numerous and easy to open. A good solution many people rely on is the idea of folding walls that can enclose the area. This is especially useful during the summer when mosquitos and other insects become real pests.

No matter what you decide, do a thorough online research to get your creative juices flowing and find that perfect setup and mixture of furniture elements that speak to you the most. The sheer number of creative solutions and ideas is overwhelming.

Creating and assembling the outdoor setup of your household, especially the appearance of areas such as patios and porches, can truly be an exciting opportunity to give your home that special oomph. While the involvement of professional landscapers can be a nifty idea, it is not necessarily required – if you truly want to express yourself, you can setup your outdoor area yourself. All you need is a pinch of creativity.

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