Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Timeless Design Ideas for your Patio

The patio is not only a warm setting where people can host dinner parties and small gatherings, it is also a homeowner’s immediate retreat from the sometimes stuffy environment of the indoors. It is a space intended for relaxation, a place where you can breathe fresh air,  sit with a good book and leave your problems behind for a short while.

As far as patio designs go, you can never go wrong with a rustic look. They are timeless and they always exude sophistication. They also seamlessly blend with modern décor and any natural surroundings. Finally, there is something about them that’s comforting, as if they’re a gentle reminder of simpler times.

Work with Texture: Wood, Brick and Stone

One of the best ways to achieve a rustic look is to install wooden shades and floors. These clean and minimalist additions will give your patios the quaint feeling found in country cabins and secluded seaside cottages, which will surely be a hit among family members and guests. Make sure to include a cozy wooden couch, a good number of throw pillows and a tasteful coffee table to complete this classic design idea.

 

If you prefer a different kind of approach, then try brick and stone materials instead. Not only will it bring a distinct and memorable character to your space, they are also sturdy and withstand any extreme weather changes, promising years of beauty for the entire family.

Patio Idea 1 (Texas_Custom_Patios via flickr.com)

Photo by Texas_Custom_Patios via Flickr.CC BY-SA 2.0.

Work with Color

Another way to enhance your porch is by adding some color in your environment. The best way to do this is to place a couple of blossoming plants around your area. You can do this by allotting a small plot of dirt where flowers can flourish or by purchasing potted plants. The lovely and vibrant colors of the flowers will definitely be a welcoming sight and will infuse your space with a lively atmosphere.

 

Create a Focal Point: Fireplace, Fountain or Mini Bar

Another charming idea that can make your patio cozier is to add your very own fireplace. Open fire pits are the current trend right now since they are cheaper and easier to maintain than their traditional counterparts. They are also perfect for outdoor spaces. Gather your friends around the open flame on a cold night and talk for hours while being bathed in the warm glow of this exquisite fixture.

 

If you’re living somewhere warm and a fireplace does not really suit your style, a good alternative would be installing your very own fountain. Listening to the cool running water while relaxing during quiet afternoons will surely be a delightful experience for any homeowner.

 

Finally, having your very own mini bar or a small kitchen is also a brilliant addition. Integrate your cooking space with your design for a unique touch that’s still unmistakably rustic. Invite your neighbors or dear friends over for a dinner party and prepare your mouthwatering dishes and delicious cocktails without having to rush back and forth from the house.

 

Create your own peaceful outdoor sanctuary with these lovely rustic design ideas.

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

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