A patio is an essential outdoor space that connects your interior and exterior. Depending on the size and placement of your patio, it can act as both a bridge to the outdoors and an oasis for lounging and entertaining that can be as stylish and comfortable as your interior.
Unlike a raised wood deck, a patio floor is usually covered with poured concrete that might be painted or left unfinished, decorative tiles, or stone. The patio might be covered to provide partial cover from too much sun or rain. Or it might be a large uncovered open space that includes built-in living, dining, lounging, entertainment or kitchen zones. A patio might be made up of a single block of concrete, or stone pavers edged with grass for a contemporary look. Bringing a green element into your patio decor such as landscaping, plants, or even vases filled with branches or flowers from elsewhere in the yard will help make the patio feel integrated into the rest of the outdoor space.
Check out these stylish patios in a range of sizes, layouts, and materials for inspiration on how to build or decorate a stylish outdoor oasis of your own.
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Keep It Chic With Black and White
This simply stylish patio from Leanne Ford Interiors is a perfect setting for casual meals or outdoor work breaks, with its crisp black-and-white color palette, matching sconce lights and potted plants, a striped rug, and a picnic-style table with metal legs and a warm wood finish.
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Add Some Color
This outdoor patio from Houston-based Mary Patton Design has rough stone pavers that contrast with the white brick exterior of the home. "There are a few fun ways to style your outdoor space," Patton says. "My first tip is to add pops of color, be it in the outdoor chairs, floral arrangements, or other decor. Especially for summer, it seems fitting to utilize bright colors in a space that’s inspired by nature." Here, Patton adds color in the form of a pair of bright yellow folding garden chairs and a navy blue outdoor sconce.
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Decorated with vintage garden furniture and unexpected decor touches like an arched mirror and whimsical decorative lighting, this Parisian stone patio from interior designer Vanessa Scoffier at Hotel Henriette is dreamy, magical. and chic. Vintage touches like painted aluminum pitchers as vases add a timeless appeal, and a mixture of plants and flowers that are landscaped to look spontaneous and not too manicured adds charm.Continue to 4 of 68 below.
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This pale stone slab patio from Calimia Home has modern light wood furnishings and contrasting dark wood fencing and pergola festooned with string lights and climbing vines that add contrast.Continue to 5 of 68 below.
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Add Modern Farmhouse Style
A large brick patio on the backside of this modern farmhouse from My 100 Year Old Home is designed for large gatherings of friends and family, with three separate but linked zones that accommodate a sitting area, living room, and outdoor kitchen and bar area.Continue to 6 of 68 below.
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Hang Some Curtains
This outdoor patio from Fantastic Frank has a rattan cover and billowing white gauze curtains around the periphery to shield harsh rays and add a sense of privacy and intimacy. Warm woods and natural textures complement the patio flooring, and a few black accents add structure to the overall design.Continue to 7 of 68 below.
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Keep It Natural
This tranquil patio from Breeze Giannasio Interiors has ample seating in pale weathered gray tones that harmonize with the stone and encourage gathering and conversation in the lush zen-like setting.
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This outdoor patio from interior designer Lance Thomas of Thomas Guy Interiors is visible from the interior space thanks to a wall of glass and metal framed doors, making it vital that the outdoor be as smartly decorated as the indoors. Dark stained wide plank hardwood flooring inside is contrasted with pale stone on the exterior. In an outdoor space, Thomas suggests using weather-friendly materials and fabrics for durability, such as eco-friendly rattan. And he likes to always incorporate greenery such as banana leaf trees and orchids "to add a touch of nature," adding that "high-design planters can be a creative way to show off one’s own personal style."
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If you have more front yard than back yard, consider installing a deconstructed patio in your front yard instead. This small front patio from Brophy Interiors has stone slabs that match the front walkway, plus a circular firepit and two lounge chairs, while the nearby small front porch is finished with wood.Continue to 10 of 68 below.
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Hang Pendant Lights
This outdoor patio from Laquita Tate Interior Styling and Design has living and dining areas decorated in a black, gray, and orange palette that complements the brick walls of the home and showcases the surrounding greenery. A pergola in a dark wood stain adds structure to the outdoor space, and natural woven pendant lights help to define the living room and dining room zones.Continue to 11 of 68 below.
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Build an Urban Oasis
This comfortable and spacious NYC backyard from Manscapers has both a spacious patio and a wood deck that helps define the spaces and adds dimension the deep rectangular space. The patio area is equipped with a sectional, extra poufs, and a firepit. The stone patio transitions into a slightly raised outdoor wood deck that houses a spacious dining table and chairs. A trio of glass and metal hurricane lamp candle holders posed casually on each side of the steps is a nice touch that looks even better at night.
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Lean Into Curves
Southern Florida-based interior designer Brittany Farinas of House of One has a maximalist approach to tropical modernism. Here she added a pair of half-circle sofas to a concrete paver patio, shaded by a wood-ceilinged cover equipped with built-in ceiling fans that keeps it shady and can manufacture a breeze on sweltering days. Farinas suggests adding colorful and textural pillows to outdoor spaces that echo your interior decor to create cohesion. And one of her favorite moves when designing outdoor spaces is to incorporate a water feature, such as a freestanding waterfall fountain. "It will make one’s space feel serene with the calming sounds of the water," she says.
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Add a Surprising Element
This outdoor patio from Mary Patton Design has clean lines, white furnishings, and a pair of pale pink flamingo statues that add a fun and kitschy surprise element.
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Lay a Patterned Tile Floor
While it is easy to default to neutrals when designing an outdoor space, even the slightest use of color can add a surprising lift and energy to the design, like the blue-and-white patterned tile flooring on this spacious outdoor patio form Emily Henderson Design.
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Add a Vintage Fountain
A vintage French outdoor fountain on this Parisian patio at the Hotel Henriette adds charm and can be used as a planter or a bird bath.Continue to 16 of 68 below.
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Paint the Floor
This striking back patio from A Beautiful Mess features a simple but effective DIY painted concrete floor in a graphic design that is packed with personality and style.Continue to 17 of 68 below.
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Keep It Casual
This casual chic outdoor living room patio space from Blanco Bungalow has the same modern boho design style as the indoors, with neutral colors and a mix of seating, accessories, and plants. A white painted brick wall gives the outdoor space a contemporary feel that complements the bright white wire-based coffee table and side table stools.Continue to 18 of 68 below.
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Lay Some Bricks
This backyard dining space has a lived-in feel, with a brick patio, a mix of concrete planters, and a large dining table with a scrolled base.Continue to 19 of 68 below.
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This patio dining space from Breeze Giannasio Interiors has a graphic quality thanks to a mix of black-and-white finishes, furniture, textiles, and decorative objects. A dramatic striped awning and gathered curtains adds a theatrical and slightly retro formal touch.
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Paint the Rainbow
This all-white back patio from A Beautiful Mess gets a cheerful mood boost thanks to a DIY paint job on the patio floor in wide pastel rainbow stripes.Continue to 23 of 68 below.
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Lay an Outdoor Rug
This outdoor patio from Fantastic Frank has a Euro-style gravel floor. A pair of patterned indoor outdoor rugs softens the outdoor living room space while adding color, and a sculptural stone coffee table and sleek gray-and-black seating adds sophistication to the outdoor space.
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Double It Up
A pair of stone paver patios create a distinct place for the seating area and firepit and adjacent dining area in this backyard from Mindy Gayer Design Co.
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Elevate the Terrace
This outdoor patio terrace from Fantastic Frank is located off a city apartment bedroom in Mallorca. With warm brick flooring, vintage-style rattan furniture, pale blue and white textiles, and a high wall for privacy, it's the perfect spot for a morning coffee or a nightcap under the stars.
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Prioritize the Pool
This vast outdoor patio from Mindy Gayer Design Co. unifies the backyard entertaining space, which is divided into zones for sitting, dining, and lounging by the pool.
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Build a Banquette
This Portland, Oregon patio design from BASE Landscape Architecture has a built-in banquette that houses firewood for the stylish covered firepit, and tall hedges that create a sense of privacy around the open air seating area.Continue to 29 of 68 below.
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Add Mood Lighting
When designing or decorating an outdoor patio, be sure to consider the role of lighting so that it is comfortable and pleasurable to use at all times of day or night. This is especially important if you are designing a large outdoor space that needs more than string lights or tea candles to feel properly illuminated. The various zones of this backyard patio from New Eco Landscapes are each well lit for relaxing summer evenings, with bright but warm bulbs that make it feel relaxing.
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Install a Daybed
This poolside patio from House of One features a luxurious four-poster daybed with tie-back curtains for lazy summer afternoon naps or sleeping outdoors when it's too hot to sleep inside.Continue to 31 of 68 below.
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Embrace Cabana Style
This crisp and modern patio space from Christina Kim Interior Design features an indoor-outdoor bar with seating for five, and a large dining table for eight. A mix of white finishes and woven accents adds cohesion and contrasts with the gray stone flooring.
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Add Some Romance
This outdoor patio from Georgia Zikas Design is styled for two, with matching lounge chairs, a mix of flowers and plants, and a combination pouf and coffee table for cocktail hour with the one you love.Continue to 33 of 68 below.
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Use Rust Tones
The dining area on this spacious outdoor patio from Cortney McClure Design has a white pergola, a wiry black pendant light, a chunky wood dining table, woven chairs, and a bold rust-and-white patterned area rug that defines the space and echoes the whitewashed brick exterior of the home. Adding cushy chair pads in an indoor-outdoor fabric to the seating encourages lingering over dessert.Continue to 34 of 68 below.
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Make It Holiday Ready
Patio living isn't just for summer. This cozy backyard patio from Most Lovely Things is styled for the holidays with sheepskin seat covers, a plaid blanket tablecloth, seasonal branches, and a roaring fire in the firepit.
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Add Some Starlight
This Palm Springs patio from Jenn Pablo Studio has an outdoor dining area for four outfitted with a round table and overstuffed armchairs, while a large star-shaped glass and metal pendant light hangs over the table to define the space and add a touch of whimsy.Continue to 36 of 68 below.
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Use a Mix of Materials
This covered patio Marie Flanigan Interiors uses a mix of materials including concrete flooring, a stone fireplace wall, metal fittings, and touches of wood on the ceiling and seating that makes the space feel more warm and inviting. The couch and armchairs are accessorized with plenty of extra pillows and throw blankets for cool nights by the fire.
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Build a Platform
A slightly raised deck platform on this outdoor patio from New Eco Landscapes houses comfortable banquette seating next to the outdoor kitchen. A pergola defines the space, and a pair of turquoise lounge chairs adds a pop of color and a note of fun to the streamlined design.
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Add a Cozy Couch
This Palm Springs patio from Jenn Pablo Studio is set up like an outdoor living room that would look just as fitting indoors. Styled with throw pillows and an organic coffee table, the lounge area provides the perfect transition between indoors and out, and creates a relaxing spot to enjoy the pool even on days when you don't feel like getting in the water.
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Pair Brown and White
This outdoor patio from Murphy Maude Interiors uses dark wood elements and earthy brown accents that complement the surrounding greenery and contrast with pale flooring and white finishes and accessories. The monumental fireplace wall helps to create an intimate sitting area in the open space with its wide open views of the surrounding landscape and pond.Continue to 40 of 68 below.
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Add Coastal Stripes
This back patio from Christina Kim Interior Design has a subtle coastal theme with its blue-and-white palette and striped upholstery on lounge chairs and a curved built-in banquette by the firepit. The classic neutral color palette blends harmoniously into the surroundings and won't give the neighbors anything to complain about.
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Create a Formal Dining Area
This back patio dining area from Breeze Giannasio Interiors is set up for a sit-down dinner party, with a simple indoor outdoor rug, comfortable woven outdoor dining chairs, and a farmhouse style pedestal dining table.
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This outdoor patio from Most Lovely Things is decorated for Christmas gatherings, with an outdoor tree dressed in simple string lights, and chairs covered in fluffy sheepskins arranged around the firepit.
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Carve Out a Dedicated Lounge Space
This vast outdoor patio from Cathie Hong Interiors is divided into zones, with concrete slab flooring throughout interrupted by trees planted in gravel-covered beds, with an open air cabana outfitted with a spacious sectional set back from the pool.Continue to 44 of 68 below.
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Add a Media Center
This light and airy patio from Marie Flanigan Interiors has pale tones, wood touches, blue accents, and a central fireplace and wall-mounted TV that's set up for outdoor summer movie nights.
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Celebrate Weathered Finishes
You might not be able to recreate the patina of the beautifully worn walls and flooring of this historic Mallorca patio from Fantastic Frank, but you can take inspiration from the warm colors, rustic chic furniture, and natural tree branch pergola when decorating your own outdoor oasis.Continue to 46 of 68 below.
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Tile the Walls
This small Palm Springs patio from Jenn Pablo Studio has simple rust-colored floor tiles that are contrasted with decorative black-and-white tiles lining the walls that flank the French doors. If your patio is more of a transition from the indoors to the outdoors, a place to stretch and check the weather rather than sit and read a book, there's no need to add furniture. Here in place of seating, a pair of large cacti in oversized planters fill the space and allow the decorative tiles to take center stage.
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Complement Brick With Warm Wood Tones
This covered back patio from Marie Flanigan Interiors is a relaxing, homey place for everyday meals, with warm brick walls and a wood-clad ceiling that add warmth to the stone flooring. A large wood table and a mix of seating options make the space feel relaxed, while a row of plants down the center of the table tie the space to the outdoors.
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Lay Statement Tile
Patterned floor tiles in a large-scale design make a statement on this outdoor patio from Emily Henderson Design. Comfortable seating encourages lounging, and warm wood accent tables add warmth.
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Use All White Furniture
This patio from Will Brown Interiors is located off of a Minneapolis condo. The bright contemporary space is outfitted with a chunky modern armless sofa and matching armchairs covered in bright white indoor-outdoor fabric. Tall white planters placed strategically around the periphery add height and help to define the open space while adding a modicum of privacy.Continue to 50 of 68 below.
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Play With Geometry
This minimalist patio from Cathie Hong Interiors makes a big statement with geometric floor tiling that adds interest and a sense of rhythm to the wide open pass through space that leads to a spacious lawn.
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Embrace Warm Tones
This outdoor patio from Marie Flanigan Interiors uses warm tones on walls, rustic stone accents and contrasting cool white and blue-gray upholstery on the seating for a casual but sophisticated seating area perfect for entertaining.Continue to 52 of 68 below.
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Use Transparent Furniture
This airy Florida patio from interior designer Maite Granda has glossy stone flooring, a shiny white tulip-style table, a tinted glass pendant light, and transparent polycarbonate Victoria Ghost chairs that practically disappear.Continue to 53 of 68 below.
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While it can be tempting to leave a small patio bare, adding more furniture can make the space feel more like a room, and help to ensure that a precious piece of outdoor space doesn't go to waste. Here, a small side patio off the dining room is turned into a cozy sitting area outfitted with contemporary furniture from Seed Studio Landscape Design.
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Blur the Lines
To create an indoor outdoor feel at this San Francisco home, Heather Hilliard Design used contemporary glass and black metal doors. Wide plank bleached oak floors that mimic the pale flooring of a narrow outdoor patio blurs the distinction between indoors and out.
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Add a Curved Stone Wall
This half-circle patio built in rough stone in the shadow of a monumental outdoor fireplace from Marie Flanigan Interiors is a perfect spot for al fresco meals. A large bright white table with a dramatic bulbous base adds contrast and relief from the preponderance of organic stone.
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Install an Outdoor Kitchen
This covered outdoor patio from interior designer Maite Granda has a kitchen built in along two walls that is fully equipped for outdoor meals. A vaulted skylight allows natural light to penetrate the space while keeping it covered from the elements, and a clear glass wall separates the cooking and dining space from the pool area.Continue to 57 of 68 below.
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Use Matching Materials
This stone patio from Fantastic Frank looks like an extension of the stone facade of the house, a place to have meals or lounge or watch the kids play on the adjacent lawn. A simple outdoor umbrella shades the dining table and adds some height to the overall design.Continue to 58 of 68 below.
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Plant a Tree
A tree sheltering the firepit seating area in this outdoor patio from Mindy Gayer Design Co. makes the space feel cozier while providing a little shade. Short metal outdoor Tolix stools add extra seating.Continue to 59 of 68 below.
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Add Some Pattern
This Palm Springs patio from Michelle Boudreau Design has an oversized cactus garden, a white wire armchair, and a comfy outdoor sofa that is upholstered in a retro palm print fabric that steals the show.Continue to 61 of 68 below.
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This cozy patio from interior designer Olga Hanono has midcentury modern-inspired seating, an organic wood coffee table, a scenic stone wall backdrop, and a warm wood pergola festooned with string lights and equipped with ceiling fans to shelter it from harsh sunlight and downpours.Continue to 62 of 68 below.
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Add Color and Pattern
This formal outdoor patio dining area from Maestri Studio has graphic black-and-white patterned floor tile and striped seat covers and bracing green metal dining chairs and matching table base that add style and a formal note to the space.Continue to 63 of 68 below.
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Deck It Out
This outdoor patio from Maestri Studio is built off the end of a deck with a simple black and white table and chairs equipped with an umbrella that create a perch for admiring the jawdropping ocean views.Continue to 64 of 68 below.
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Use Earth Tones
This outdoor patio from Living with Lolo uses earth tones everywhere from the stone flooring to the brown wood paneled ceiling and dining set, creating a relaxing outdoor space that blends into the surroundings.Continue to 65 of 68 below.
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Add a Glass Ceiling
This city patio from Jessica Lagrange Interiors has a metal and glass ceiling that turns it into an outdoor sun room, creating a haven of calm in a crowded urban area, and letting the sunshine in while protecting it from rain and snow. Tall wood-clad planters around the periphery add a green moment while providing privacy.Continue to 66 of 68 below.
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Add a Strip of Astroturf
Given the climate emergency, it's important to minimize water use and landscape our own backyards with sustainability in mind. In this poolside patio from Joshua Smith Interior Design, a stripe of astroturf breaks up all the hard stucco and concrete finishes, while a few judiciously spaced bushes of fluffy grass add volume with minimal planting.Continue to 68 of 68 below.
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Zone It Out
This minimalist patio from Maestri Studio has a sober neutral palette of gray, white, and black that adds contrast to the warm brick siding of the home. Clear zones for dining and lounging structure the wide open space.