It’s July and summer is now in full swing! This is the best time of the year to be outside, taking in the heat and sunshine. This is the time of the year when we spend more time in our yards, relaxing on the patio or hosting neighbours and friends. If you like spending time in your yard on the patio, you likely enjoy taking some time to ensure you have a presentable patio that is a comfortable and appealing space.
Making sure your patio is ready for the summer is a fun and exciting process where you can be creative, and create a space unique to you. Unlike the inside of your house, your patio is a stand-alone feature that can be stylized completely separate from any other space. Even though patio design allows for some creative license, it is still important to keep up with current trends and popular styles. To help modernize your patio and prepare it for the season, we have put together the top 5 patio design trends for this summer. With the help of these trends as a guideline, and a little bit of creativity and imagination, you’re sure to have a lot of fun designing a unique space that you will love to relax in this summer!
Taking the Indoors Outdoors
We all design the inside of our homes to be comfortable and liveable. Why wouldn’t we do the same with the patio? Our home’s living spaces, such as the kitchen or living room, are where we spend most of our time and where we like to host guests. One of this season’s most notable patio trends is to bring the comfortable indoor look and feel outside to your patio.
The seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors is accomplished through the use of indoor furniture and accessories outside. Cozy couches, warm throw pillows, soft blankets, and large area rugs bring a new level of comfort to your patio that old plastic chairs and metal tables can’t match. To finish off the warm and serene indoor feel, the addition of a brick or stone fireplace brings a special ambiance to the space for relaxing in the evening.
A warm and enjoyable outdoor space is a focal point for anyone who likes to host neighbours for a barbecue, or just relax outside in the evening. We are all comfortable in our living rooms, applying the same ideas to the patio is a sure way of promising comfort and warmth outdoors all season long!
Determining colour combinations for your patio is where you can really get creative and set the feel and tone for your outdoor living space.
When it comes to colour, it often comes down to personal preference, but the weather can play a part in helping your selection as well. The current trend in patio colours is selecting a colour that can offset the temperature. For hot weather, cool colours are best; for colder temperatures, warm colours produce the best feeling. For example, if it is a really hot summer, you may choose to use cooler feeling colours such as different shades of blue or green. On the other hand, if it’s a cooler summer, or you are using your patio into the chillier months of fall, you may prefer to have warmer colours accenting your patio furniture such as red, orange, or yellow.
Your colour palette of choice can be shown in accenting pieces that you select such as flowers, flower pots, blankets, pillows, cushions or stone. Having colour selections that offset the temperature simply helps to create a more neutral, cozy environment that you can enjoy all summer long.
For a modern, lasting patio design, durability is paramount. The years of cheap, convenient plastic chairs and heavy square tables have come to an end. Patios have become a much more unique space than they have ever been before and with that, the simple and inexpensive patio furniture of the past no longer works for everyone. For durable patio furniture, guaranteed to last for an extended period of time, natural materials such as wood and teak are becoming a much more popular option for patio furniture.
Along with the overall increased durability offered by natural materials, they also offer a more unique and personalized look to your patio. Natural materials can be painted to suit whatever tone you desire and they tend to weather and age over the lifetime of the patio, helping to add a somewhat rustic feel to your patio. Moreover, natural materials provide a sense of coziness to your furniture, making the patio a far more relaxing area.
For a longer lasting, unique, and rustic patio, natural materials will provide you with the ideal durable patio space for not only this season, but many seasons moving forward.
Salvaging & Upcycling
In recent years, Calgary has seen tougher economic times and as such, spending has decreased. With this sensitivity to spending, the trend of repurposing, or upcycling items has become very popular; especially in home decor. This trend of salvaging and repurposing items is a huge patio trend this season and when it is done well, it can create an amazing and unique look for your patio.
Upcycling is best used when it comes to accessorizing your patio. Simple salvage items such as large tins can be used as flower pots, or old pieces of off-cut wood can be used as accent pieces on a wall or put together and painted as rustic artwork. Best of all, using salvage items to accessorize and personalize your patio is cheap! Many small flea markets or vintage stores may have exactly what you need to finish off your patio, likely for a very low price. Sometimes, you may even have exactly what you need in a corner of the garage at home collecting dust. Upcycling and reusing older items is a great way to create a rustic, one of a kind patio that can never be duplicated.
The final piece to finishing off the perfect outdoor living space is determining what type of lighting will bring the feeling of warmth and comfort together. To achieve that ultimate feeling of ambience and relaxation for your patio, solar powered and natural lighting are the most popular picks for this summer.
Solar powered lighting is a great option for patios of any size or style. Solar lighting is typically slightly dimmer than most other types of outdoor lighting, helping to create a feeling of ambience. Another great benefit of solar lighting is that they are usually quite low maintenance as they operate with no need to replace bulbs or batteries. Solar lighting needs to be positioned around the perimeter of your patio, or wherever it can catch the most sunlight.
Natural lighting is the other popular option this season. This includes the sun, outdoor fireplaces, and fire pits. This type of lighting offers the most ambience for your outdoor relaxation experience in the evening, and the most exposure to the sun during the day. If you enjoy looking up at the sky in the evening and seeing the stars, natural lighting is for you. Another benefit of natural lighting is that it is one of the few light options the can be used in combination with other light sources. Similar to solar light, natural light is quite low maintenance as it can be as easy as flipping a switch or starting a fire. For maximum peace and serenity on your patio, natural lighting is the way to go!
Ultimately, lighting is easy to experiment with as it can easily be changed over time until you determine your favorite option. Once your lighting is set, it’s time to relax on the patio and soak up the summer!
With sunshine and summertime all around us, it is the perfect time to be outside relaxing on the patio. Your patio is a unique space where you can let your imagination guide your design creativity to generate your ideal outdoor living space for hosting friends, neighbours, family, or relaxing by yourself. By following these trend guidelines and letting your imagination run wild, your patio is sure to be that talk of the community this summer!