A nice and well arranged patio can make quite a difference in the life of your family, the quality of your leisure time, and even your health. Naturally, in order to be able to enjoy all of these perks, you need to create a pleasant, isolated and well organized area that will be as versatile as you need it to be. In case you have your own piece of backyard that you’d like to convert into a little sanctuary, we outlined some of the most important considerations that have to be made when arranging a patio.
More often than not, patios come with limited space, and certain features that you simply don’t have any control over. This includes microclimate, the view, noise levels in the area, or anything along those lines. The effectiveness of minimizing the negative influences will depend on the creativity and resourcefulness of the decorator, you should just be aware that most issues can be dealt with.
For instance, if you are living in an area with heavy traffic, you might want to find room for a smaller patio fountain that will drown out the traffic noise (to some extent), or install some wind chimes to help with their soothing sound. Likewise, you might want to enrich your patio with plants that can help clear out some of the pollutants in the air (not really that effective outdoors, but might provide for a somewhat healthier environment) or at least some that will cover up the unpleasant odors coming from the street. If the area is windy, you might want to consider installing café blinds to provide you with easily removable shelter without obstructing your view; if it’s too sunny, you can create some shade with a parasol or a canopy, and so on.
The intended function of your patio will also play a huge role in the way you go about decorating it. The choice of the furniture and decorations will be heavily influenced by whether you want to use the patio as a dining area, relaxation space, or as a place where you can entertain your guests. Some of the potential purposes overlap with other, while others will force you to make a choice and commit to a specific patio function.
Once you’ve considered the peculiarities of the layout and established the desired function for the patio, you can start formulating the flow of the space, identify points of interest, and place appropriate fixtures there. It is mostly about making sure that none of the areas that might be of interest are inaccessible, and that people can circulate with ease and comfort. If you have a grill, you’ll want easy access to it from the table, but it should still be far enough not to cause discomfort to the people sitting there.
You’ll need to perform a careful and creative balancing act if you want a well organized, pleasant patio, but the challenge of making a smallish space be comfortable and functional can be quite fun if you approach it with the right attitude, so don’t be afraid to experiment, and enjoy the decorating.