Designer Patio Ideas for Backyard Living All Year Long

Designer Patio Ideas for Backyard Living All Year Long

Count us in for partys by the pool and dinners alfresco!

Escaping to a well designed backyard can certainly be a vacation all its own. Whether or not you live in a tropical paradise, your patio can sure make your home feel like one. All it takes is some inspired landscaping, chic yet breezy furnishings, and maybe a lush pergola or two to make your patio the central hub of outdoor entertaining for all seasons. What could be more fun than an oversized patio umbrella for those breezy spring cocktail parties?

These designer patios will inspire you to spend more time embracing the great outdoors—whether you love hosting summer dinner parties or prefer to spend your time in the garden. These gorgeous patios are a much-needed breath of fresh air, and are packed with ideas for making your outdoor living space that much more comfortable in any season. Read on to discover 60 designer patio ideas that are sure to inspire you to create the perfect outdoor living room.

Conversation Starter
Washington, D.C.-based designer Byron Risdon envisioned the lush patio at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas as an entertaining haven. In the primary seating area, Risdon replaced the existing fireplace with Strike’s Laguna stone mantel and created a conversational pit with crescent sofas upholstered in a woven salmon-and-cream acrylic fabric by Perennials.

Abstract Beauty
A larger-than-life glazed ceramic and lava stone mural by Michelle Grabner animates the inviting patio at this art collector’s Florida retreat designed by Ellen Hamilton.

English Entertaining
Esther Cayzer-Colvin drew inspiration from her own family when it came time to decorate the indoor and outdoor rooms of her English estate. For example, the dining set on her garden patio was passed down by Cayzer-Colvin’s grandmother Nancy Lancaster, the influential post-war Anglo-American designer and co-owner at Colefax and Fowler.

Rowhouse Escape
Built in 1840, this London rowhouse recently redesigned by Gary McBournie features an expansive urban patio in the back. Custom latticework garden mirrors flank the terrace’s stone fountain, adding symmetry and the illusion of depth. Furnishings, McKinnon and Harris

Poolside Patio
At this Ross, California, home, landscape designer Erica Timbrell carved out extra poolside seating with the addition of a patio under a canopy of California redwoods. A teak sectional commands the stone-wrapped alcove.

Covered and Collected Patio
At the 2020 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas, designer Kevin Spearman treated his covered patio space “like an indoor room without walls,” making sure to furnish it with luxurious comforts and a collected mix. Highlights include a vintage Moroccan rug from Carol Piper made by the Tuareg tribe, 1940s French wicker chairs from Galerie Novella, and the vintage wicker Parisian light fixtures from fellow Show House designer M Naeve.

Awning-Covered Patio
On a brick-paved patio in Hancock Park’s historic Fremont Place, designers and VERANDA 2022 Next Legends Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield capture the essence of the home’s early mid-century DNA with a Regency barkcloth table covering from the same era and a vintage Salterini garden dining set. “The home was built by 1940s architect Clarence J. Smale, who was known for his brickwork and plaster-finished estates and movie theaters, including the Loyola Theater on Sepulveda Boulevard,” says Rummerfield.

Fireside Patio Dining
At this Nashville, Tennessee, home designed by Richard Hallberg, a bluestone patio is one of several places designed for outdoor entertaining. Intimate dinners by the fire are served at a French limestone table with a shapely urn base. Furniture, Formations.

Covered Poolside Patio
Designer Meredith McBrearty collaborated with architect Ryan Street on this Dallas home, which features seamless transitions between indoor spaces and the outdoor living spaces. Here, native dry-stack limestone from Leuders, Texas, cloaks the newly built house in sculptural, organic beauty. Douglas fir ceiling paneling extends from indoors out, stretching across the home’s deep overhangs to create a covered patio. Lounge chairs, Sutherland. Cushion fabric, Perennials.

Reclaimed Firepit
In the inner courtyard patio of this Santa Monica home, landscape architect installed Forest Pansy trees, known for their early spring, pink blossoms, at the corners of this stone patio featuring a 13th-century well reclaimed as a firepit.

Charming Gathering Spot
This dreamy scene is proof even the smallest of patios can have a huge impact. Designer Beth Webb does a masterful job making the most of every square inch of this cozy Brays Island cottage. Everyone will gravitate to this Horchow faux-bois dining set for morning coffee, a sunny lunch break, or an indulgent Sunday brunch.

Natural Wonderland
Designer Cliff Fong thoughtfully crafted this Lake Toxaway retreat to blend into its Blue Ridge Mountains surroundings. Double terraces allow for double the guests. Comfy seating is a must for hosting into the evening, and the James Perse seating is covered in an inviting Donghia cushion fabric.

Pink Paradise
There’s nothing like a beachy pastel, shiplap and rattan furniture to bring some island vibes to your patio—whether it lies in Nassau or Nebraska. This stunning scene lies in a stunning British colonial home in Naples, Florida, designed by the one-and-only Celerie Kemble. Those cool concrete tiles offer a modern take on this classic design style.

Haute in the Hamptons
Alex Papachristidis designed this Hamptons hideaway with a Midas touch. Everything in this house is filled with warm metallic tones—even the outdoor space. A neutral motif allows the stunning views of the Atlantic (and those lovely bayberry hedges) take center stage, while sliding panels allow the home owners to enjoy this lovely outdoor space whether or not they want to enjoy the outdoors.

Seaside Solace
This Baker’s Bay home maximizes everyone’s ability to enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean with several simple, yet stunning columns. Designer Miles Redd uses a neutral palate with pops of color to allow the sea and sky to be the focal points of this outdoor space. The casually elegant chairs from Michael Taylor Designs and table from Serena & Lily make for easy-breezy entertaining.

A Pop Of Purple
Designer Ruthie Sommers adds some color to a patio in Newport, Rhode Island, with outdoor furniture from Restoration Hardware, upholstery fabric from Perennials, and bright purple hydrangeas.

Living Among the Palms
At his West Palm Beach home, designer Lars Bolander extends his living room outside where he can enjoy the balmy Florida weather. He furnished the space with a dining table from Becara, an umbrella from his store, and a collection of treasures that he and his wife have amassed over the years.

It’s All in the Architectural Details
This outdoor space comes to life when designer Richard Hallberg plays off the patio’s geometric ceiling and stone pillars by choosing a neutral color palette and comfortable seating, like these plush lounge chairs from John Himmel.

Apéritifs in the Garden
Memphis-native William Eubanks redesigns a storied Tudor house in his hometown that he co-owns with longtime friend John Ferguson. A small dining table surrounded by American boxwoods seems to beg for intimate conversations to be had. See more of this gorgeous garden and home here.



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