When you have a beautiful backyard, there's no need to go overboard with color. But sometimes a pop of color in small doses, like the orange used on this multi-level patio's chairs and umbrellas, is a nice touch. Don't forget the door!
An above-ground fire pit is perfect for a small group to gather around to roast marshmallows or have a conversation. Soft outdoor furniture and a matching patio umbrella make the space even more inviting. Be sure to research local ordinances before installing a fire pit in your backyard.
Who said a shed is only for storage? This repurposed shed makes a great outdoor eating area completely protected from the elements. A fresh coat of paint, colorful accessories, and lights strung across the ceiling keep the space light, bright, and welcoming.
If you're fortunate enough to have a large shade tree in your backyard, consider siting your patio under its canopy. You'll enjoy the cool, shady retreat in the heat of summer when you need a quick break from your gardening chores. You can also plant your favorite shade plants, such as hostas and caladiums, around your patio.
There are many creative ways to make an outdoor table using durable materials capable of withstanding the elements. Here, thick glass-block pillars hold up a tabletop made from a sheet of industrial glass. The transparent quality of the table keeps the focus on the beautiful plantings surrounding it.
Use rock walls to delineate a patio space. Here, straight and curved walls not only define an interesting shape for the patio, they also separate the space from the wooded area of the backyard. Black metal patio furniture was kept simple to keep the focus on the backyard’s natural beauty. You could use planters or hedges as well, just be sure to place them appropriately.
Create a cozy corner protected from breezes for a place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea. Add shade with a pergola overhead or you can add an oversized market umbrella on the cheap. Choose durable furniture that withstands the elements.