Regardless of what the weather throws at you, a well-designed patio space is an additional room that can be utilised all year round. As creatures of comfort Aussies crave an entertaining and living area that ticks all the boxes. And as patios boom in popularity, it makes sense for more homeowners to invest in an outdoor area that really hits home. Adding a patio or pergola is one of the best ways to boost the appeal and usability of alfresco space. Not to mention too, the significant value it will add to your property.
Patios provide a charming and aesthetically pleasing way to transform the home and give your living space some TLC. It also formed the foundation for further outdoor renovations or decorations down the track. If you’ve decided to upgrade your outdoor space, investing in a patio can be the perfect way to encourage a healthy dose of entertaining and relaxation. Here’s a few tips to design a space that complements your home:
Work with Your Home’s Current Architecture
A well-designed patio area creates space and versatility, but it’s important it merges seamlessly with your current setup. Because the patio becomes an extension of the property, it offers a unique opportunity to expand your living situation. Think extra seating, more cooking and entertaining space, additional greenery, lighting, colour and personality.
Whilst you want to add your own flavour to the design, finding a style that compliments your home’s current architecture will offer a better return of investment come selling time. Pick out the best features of the property and find ways to implement these into the patio design. A professional patio company will be able to tailor existing styles and designs to suit your home and make its best features shine.
Match Your Style, Wants and Needs
After you’ve taken your home’s current architecture and colour scheme into consideration, you want to ensure your new patio reflects your own style too. These spaces are renowned for creating visual appeal, so you have a fun opportunity to let those creative juices flow and make a statement that’s bold and inviting.
Patio roofing styles and materials used are a good place to start. The style of patio can vary greatly from gable patios to skillion roofs, dome and pyramids. Your chosen patio company will be able to offer some advice as to what style best suits your property if you’re stuck on where to start. To determine what materials to use, consider where you live and the weather conditions all year round, your home’s current architecture and what you find the most visually appealing too.
Use a Professional Patio Company
When you choose to work with a professional patio company, they’ll be able to offer advice as to what style of space will suit your home best, including colour scheme and material option ideas too. Some professional patio companies will also offer in-house designers. Where possible, choose a company that can provide this service; even if you have a good idea on what you’re wanting, they can be effective in turning your vision into the final product. Start by creating a list of key features you want your patio to include and work with the in-house designers to bounce ideas off one another.
Make it an Extension of Your Home
Investing in a patio is the best way to add space to your home. Acting as an additional room, these outdoor spaces are effective in merging the indoor and outdoor worlds together. Thus, it’s vital to incorporate all the comforts from inside to your new space. Shade matters; and an efficiently designed patio space can actually help to lower your home’s running costs by keeping the direct sunlight of your windows. To incorporate
ample shade, make use of outdoor blinds and smart landscaping techniques. Patio furniture will help to join your new space with the inside of your home, as will outdoor kitchens (or a simple fire pit table or BBQ grill area), focal lighting and entertainment connectivity.
Implement Colour and Comfort
To add the final touches to your patio, colour and comfort are paramount. Create a space that’s cosy – just because it’s outside, doesn’t mean it has to be filled with furniture that’s uncomfortable and harsh. Wicker furniture is a popular option and can be dressed up with a mix of bright throws and pillows. Bring life into the space and create your own personal oasis through colour schemes and fresh additions. Comfort isn’t just about kicking back on a good chair; it’s also about crafting a space that connects with you.
Adding a vertical wall can bring in lush greens and fresh flowers or herbs and works beautifully even if it’s only a small space. Pick one or two of your favourite colours from inside and implement outside. Stick with neutral shades, especially if you’re planning on selling in the next 12 months, and use only 2-3 bold colours to compliment. Don’t forget, colour isn’t just about paint! Throws, pillows, bright potted flowers and garden vegetables all add some liveliness to the space too.