As the sun makes an appearance during these Spring and Summer months, more of us are now focusing our attention towards getting the most out of our gardens and outdoor living spaces (especially when we’re on lockdown). Garden patios, in particular, are ideal for creating a personalised, secluded and practical area for your family and friends to enjoy all year round.
No matter the size or shape of your garden, there’s an infinite number of ways to achieving the patio of your dreams, with eye-catching elements to bring everything together. In collaboration with Outside Gang, here’s a few inspirational patio ideas to get you started.
Create a canopy
For shelter from the sun or rain, a canopy is a worthwhile investment, especially if you’re entertaining guests or sitting down with a good book. Whether that is a simple parasol, architectural gazebo or colourful awning, any stylish covering is bound to be a hit and there’s plenty of designs to choose from to fit your aesthetic.
Surround yourself with nature
What would a garden patio be without plants! Home-made jars and ceramic or clay plant pots are a fantastic way to get creative with displaying your flowers. For the exotic look, succulents and cacti require little maintenance and can act as a striking focal point to draw in the eye.
If you want to grow your own produce, a garden patio is a great place to keep fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits like thyme, parsley, strawberries and cherry tomatoes within arms reach for picking and eating.
Warm-up with a fire pit
A fire pit or chiminea will add a rustic, homely charm to any patio and works as a hot spot if you position it in the centre of your chairs during the evening. Top tip: buy a portable grill to place on top for dining alfresco and on those colder days, treat yourself to a nice mug of hot chocolate with a couple of toasted marshmallows.
Chic garden furniture and accessories
Being chic will never go out of style and one unique feature is Outside Gang’s Freebird and Homebird Entertaining Cooler Tables. These are built to keep drinks cool for hours and its resin bowl design in a variety of colours will instantly give your patio a modern update. Plus, it can be used as a bistro table for morning breakfast or afternoon teas.
Moving on to style, Boho seems to be all the rage these days. So to spice things up, incorporate a mixture of colours and patterns through cushions, rugs and table mats for an abstract look. If you have enough room, a wicker swinging chair is perfect for creating that chilled out vibe, along with soft lighting such as lanterns, candles or fairy lights for a whimsical atmosphere.