Building a patio in your garden is a surefire way to get more enjoyment from your outdoor space. What do you think of when you picture a patio? BBQs and summer parties? Do you think of playing games, or just relaxing in the sun with a book?
However you see your ideal patio, you should always think carefully before having one installed. You can find plenty of inspiration online, either from companies eager to show off their work or even large community websites like Pinterest.
Here are some of our favourite designs for garden patios!
The layout of this garden's tile patio and wooden decking creates an impressive environment, even despite the lack of space. Sometimes a patio is just a patio, but this example has been expertly incorporated as part of the garden's wider design.
If you really want your patio to make an impression, imagine how you could frame or complement it with other aspects of your garden. Why not hire a landscape designer to help you come up with a design?
It is easy for an 'artistic' patio design to get out of control, which can be quite unseemly for a residential garden.
Not only is this design relatively quaint, but it also helps to frame the seating area. Another thing we like is the open moss and succulent border around this section. This creative touch adds a surprising amount of colour and uniqueness to the design.
While a black slate patio might not seem as warm and inviting as some other materials, it certainly makes a bold choice and can be perfect for modern style garden decor.
We love the use of colour here, with the darker shade of the patio and fencing contrasting the white walls. It gives the garden form and structure, and also helps to emphasise the more vibrant colours of the plant life.
Patios are great for enjoying the outdoors, but they won't do much to hide the state of your garden if you have been neglecting the greenery!
This pathway patio is wide enough for guests to stand without blocking anyone, and its winding route encourages you to take in the plant life. Again, it all comes down to using your patio as one piece of a wider garden design.
Recently, more and more people have come to see the appeal of outdoor living space: areas which you can actively make use of and enjoy all year round, weather permitting of course!
This sizeable patio, combined with the seating area and well built outdoor-kitchen, has created an ideal outside spot. You can easily imagine eating a family meal or throwing a BBQ party with friends with all of this space to play with.