Sleek and Elegant Patio Ideas
Rather than upgrading to a larger home to increase your living space, it may be better to expand your living space outdoors by installing a large, sleek and elegant patio in your Lower Paxton, PA backyard. Outdoor patios are places of relaxation and entertainment. A well designed patio not only adds additional living space, but also increases a home’s resale value.
Just like interior rooms, patios benefit from seasonal spruce-ups. Sleek and elegant patios can be achieved by employing handsome furnishings, beautifully planted containers, and vibrant fabrics. Underutilized areas in your landscape can also be converted into patios for increasing the use of your landscape.
Keeping it Cozy
Having a few cushy chairs and a table for resting drinks and books is stylish and creates a purposeful patio. It also creates a solitary spot for sharing quiet conversation with a friend or kicking back with a good book. And if additional arrangements are included like lush plants and a water feature, you will have a charming nook that you’ll never want to leave.
A fireplace serves as a patio’s focal point. The patio floor can include a subtle pattern shift, which provides contrast or leads the eye towards the central fire feature. To offer even more seating around the fireplace or fire pit, the surround can be extended into a built-in bench, with the back of the bench provided by a taller wall that can double as a bar surface or place for mounting outdoor lighting. If a patio is near a yard’s border, space can be left for planting a border of tall-growing yet dense trees or shrubs for privacy.
Even though most patios can function well even without a cover overhead, having a wood structure such as a pergola or gazebo provides protection from the elements and is also stylish. Patios can be a simple space, but including amenities extends its use and enjoyment. Covered patios are also ideal for including comfortable furniture that may otherwise be damaged if left out in the open.
Walled Courtyard Patio
Enclosing your patio with low walls and pillars creates a sense of intimacy. The walls and pillars can also introduce an interesting aesthetic; an old world feel with boulder walls, for example, or the rich texture and detail of stacked flagstone. The floor tiles can run out from the interior space, creating a sense of continuity and flow.
An L-shaped bench, with comfortable padded seating, provides for an ideal spot to chat, read and laze. With the addition of brightly colored striped cushions, you can bring a playful beach-house feel to the wood-clad outdoor area.
Subtle patterning can be applied with varied sizes of bricks and pavers to spice up the area. Geometric pavers with a seemingly random pattern and color offer visual variety. Optimize the informal style of a patio by including some space between the pavers and add colored gravel or a contrasting jointing compound.