Top 5 Patio Design Lessons

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A beautiful outdoor space. Even in the sometimes drizzly Pacific Northwest, it’s one of the best ways to make the most of your home. The following patio design lessons can help you create a patio that you will enjoy using for multiple seasons. 

1. Always Consider How You Want to Use Your Patio

Not every layout is right for every individual or family — because not everyone benefits from using their patio in the same way. When you think about designing your patio, the first step is to get really honest about how you will typically use your patio. The following are some of the most common answers. Use them as inspiration to determine your top uses:

  • Dinner Parties
  • Reading Nooks
  • Informal Lounge Sessions with Friends
  • Outdoor Play Spaces

It may be that you want your outdoor space to serve more than one purpose. That’s great! Often a patio or porch can serve multiple functions. But it’s always best to determine the top priority. 

2. Measure Your Space

The next step is to measure your space. Don’t just guess. Get a measuring tape, pen, and paper. Take stock of exactly how much space you are working with. Because it doesn't do you any good to buy patio furniture that’s WAY too big for your space. 

Or to buy patio furniture that’s smaller than your space will accommodate — especially if you have your eyes set on an outdoor sectional unit. Keep this information handy as you consider what pieces you want. 

3. Look at What Options Can Do Double Duty

An outdoor dining table isn’t going to suddenly become an outdoor sectional. At least, not one that we’ve ever seen. But that doesn’t mean that your patio has to be solely dedicated to one function. 

For example, if the primary way you want to use your outdoor space is as an outdoor dining room, but you also want it to serve as a quiet reading nook — that’s totally doable! The trick is to look for a patio dining set that has ULTRA- comfortable chairs. With a small side-table tucked at the edge of your patio, you can easily repurpose one of your table chairs to serve as a lounger when you’re not acting as a hostess/host.

Want your outdoor space to be a lounge destination that also welcomes a party? Fabulous! A great way to fill both purposes is by maximizing seating and adding a coffee table. For example, you may add a large outdoor sectional with an outdoor coffee table. If you pair this with sturdy end tables that can double as seats, you’ve made it so you can move from lounging to quickly including more guests (and appetizers). 

4. Make Your Patio an Extension of Your Home with a Continuity of Style

Even if you don’t fit into a specific niche, everyone has their own sense of style and design that can be felt throughout their home. And one of the best ways to make your outdoor space truly an extension of your home is to continue that sense of style beyond the threshold.

Take stock of the design choices you’ve made inside. The lights. The decor. The colors. Continuing these on your patio allows you to effectively extend your home’s useable space without adding on to the square footage. 

5. Layer Textures and Colors Using Accessories

While we’re in the business of selling patio furniture and certainly would support you in replacing your dining room table every year, we’re also here to tell you — you don’t need to. The beauty of buying patio furniture designed to last is that — it lasts. 

This is why we recommend buying patio furniture in neutral colors that will stand the test of time. Then, update them with your changing style using accessories in a variety of textures and colors. Think bright throw pillows. New patio cushions. An updated outdoor rug. All of these are ways to express your style that can be changed affordably as desired.