A Guide to Designing Your Patio



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Oftentimes, the patio is the first part of a house that everyone sees, so having an unattractive front porch is an eyesore. A lot of people might think that decorating their patio is a difficult and expensive task. However, that does not have to be the case.

This is a guide to choosing the right materials, adding the perfect elements, and understanding the simple science behind garden patio beautification.

Knowing the pros and cons of materials

Before creating a list of what to buy for your patio makeover, it is necessary to understand which specific materials you should use. Besides the restrictions of budget, a good gardener should understand how some of the common paving materials might work or not work in their garden.

Some of the most commonly used paving materials for patio paving are:

  • Large stones or gravel
  • Brick
  • Granite
  • Resin-based paving
  • Organic materials like mulch and sod
  • Wooden decking

Materials may be organic or inorganic, subtle or intruding, and bright or neutral. Some are water resistant, some may affect drainage when poorly installed, and some require high maintenance. A gardener should know which materials or which combinations work best for their patio.

Mixing and matching colours

In general, the best patios are those that have earthy and neutral colours. Hues like oak or wood brown, grass green, and brick red usually complement any garden, which is why a majority of patio paving suppliers sell products in these colours.

Besides having a natural appearance, keeping tones subtle brings out the greenness of your lawn or the brightness of your ornamental plant’s flowers. Having this delicate contrast between hues is much better than using bright yellow slabs or multi-coloured paving materials to compete with the natural beauty of your garden.

Performance versus appearance

Choosing materials with the right appearance and unity with your desired patio design will only work if they last long, are not unnecessarily costly, and do not require a lot of maintenance.

As a gardener, it is your job to weigh a material’s durability versus its aesthetic appeal. Would it be worth it to use gravel or resin bound paving for your garden’s walkway? Which would be harder to maintain come winter, or when it starts raining?

It is also worth mentioning here that some garden owners may want to opt for using rustic looking or antique outdoor furniture. Note that garden ornaments that are made from reclaimed materials are usually more expensive, as compared to scouring your garage and repurposing old and unused furniture.

The takeaway

Any process can be made easier if aided by a guide. Choosing the right materials for designing your garden requires a careful balance of cost, appearance, and functionality. An ordinary garden may be transformed into a classy looking one even with minimal cost and materials.

At the end of the day, however, there are no hard and fast rules for garden beautification. Materials can be repurposed, rules can be broken, and a garden can be transformed.

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