9 Backyard Patio Ideas That Stand Out

Your backyard patio is a great place to entertain guests, show off your design style, and create an atmosphere for your family to enjoy. Here are 9 backyard patio ideas that will help you create the backyard of your dreams.

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1. Water Fountain

A unique idea would be a water fountain. This could be a very fun idea because there are so many different fountain designs. They come in all shapes and sizes, you won’t have a problem finding the best fit for your backyard.

You can choose a solar fountain for operation after daylight or you can choose the electric option where you can have your fountain on whenever you please. The styles are endless, it just depends on what you’re looking for.

The outdoor freestanding water will add zen and tranquility to your patio.

2. Fire Pit

Fire pits are a nice addition to your backyard patio. There are different types of fire pits you can have in your backyard. There is wood burning fire pits, propane fire pits, gel fuel fire pits and natural gas fire pits.

Wood burning fire pits are like having a campfire in your backyard. They provide warmth when you need it, and the crackle of wood and real smoke.

Propane fire pits offer more convenience for the homeowner. They allow for a quality flame without the need for refilling gel or using wood. Propane fire pits are usually large in size and the focal point of your patio. They can be designed with faux wood, rock pebbles, or glass.

Gel fueled fire pits can add curiosity to your backyard. The gel is clean and burns without producing a scent or smoke. Although, they don’t give off much heat, the gel fueled fire pits are very versatile.

If you’re able to install a natural gas line in your backyard, a natural gas fire pit could be an option for you. Similar to the propane, this type of fire pit a is permanent fixture in your backyard. The best thing about them is that they never run out of fuel.

3. Plants

If you don’t have a large yard, then plants are a great option. Here is a list of the many types of plants you can have in your patio:

  • Herbs thrive in the sunlight so a patio is a great place for them. You can grow a garden of your favorite flavors and use them for cooking later.
  • Geraniums add a burst of color and they are easy to care for.
  • Sunflowers look great anywhere and it makes your patio look like it’s summer year round.
  • You can add zen to your patio with bamboo. You can either keep it small or grow it big for more privacy.
  • Jasmine brings a little tropic feel to your outdoor space.
  • Gardenias grow in large pots on your patio and smell great.
  • Angel’s trumpets hang upside down and can reach up to one foot in length. They are heat tolerant so they will survive a hot summer.
  • Angelonias are perfect for patios. They love the sun and heat. They don’t need much water and are easy to care for.
  • If you have a spacious patio, then you might want a banana plant. They draw a lot of attention because of their large size. Banana plants are perfect for patios because they absorb heat and sunlight.
  • Lantana’s blossoms will add a beautiful pop of color to your patio.
  • Mandevilla is a flowering vine so it needs something to climb. If you have that, it’s definitely worth space and effort because of the beautiful shades of red, white, and pink.
  • Pentas are star-shaped and a perfect summer flower. They love heat and butterflies love them so they’ll last all season long.
  • Solanums are often sold to be patio trees. They are low maintenance and look gorgeous even when the flowers aren’t in bloom.
  • Tropical Milkweed attract monarch butterflies so you’ll see colorful blooms and colorful butterflies.

Those are just some of the many plant options you can choose for your backyard patio.

4. Patio Kitchen

If you have the room for it, a patio kitchen would make your backyard one of a kind. From an outdoor fridge to an outdoor stove, the possibilities are endless.

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To set up your outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to first decide how you want it to look. Your outdoor kitchen can have a barbecue grill and an outdoor bar. You can even add a dishwasher to the patio kitchen so you don’t even need to go inside your home to wash the dishes. If you would like to prepare the food outside as well, add a food prep station. A sink and a mini fridge will also be helpful for days and nights spent mostly outside.

5. Pond

A pond is a great decorative option for your backyard patio. You can decide if you want your pond above ground, in-ground, or partially in-ground. Purchase the equipment you’ll need such as a filter, pump, liner, plants, or fish.

Once you have all your materials, you’ll be on your way to creating a water paradise.

6. Entertainment System

An outdoor entertainment system is a great idea if you’re interested in entertaining guests or just wanting to spend more time outside. You can screen movies or watch sports.

There are different options you can go with. You can get an actual television to put outside or you can go with a projector screen. Make sure you have a home network setup so you’ll be able to get a good signal. If bugs are a problem, you might want a bug screen to protect guests, especially during nighttime.

7. Mood Lighting

There are so many ways to set with the mood with outdoor lighting. Candles, hanging lanterns, chandeliers and string lights can all add some light to those evenings spent outside.

You can float tea candles in a water-filled birdbath or in any other product similar to a bird-bath would work just as well. If you’re worried about windy conditions, you can always float the candles in a dry birdbath and cover them with clear votive holders.

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Hanging lanterns are always a great, simple option.

You can always go with chandeliers for a more classy look.

If you have some string lights laying around, you can use those to set the mood. They come in many shapes and sizes to get the look you’re going for.

8. Furniture

Furniture for your backyard patio can give you an outdoor living room. When decorating your backyard patio, you should keep in mind that while you can design it just like a living room, the weather will come into play.

Create a focal point, where your furniture will fit best. Decide what look you’re going for: a fun design or a more casual design. Add a 3-seat sofa and individual seating, this will encourage guests to “pull up a chair.” Use end tables, side tables, and ottomans for more convenience. This will add a place for snacks, setting down drinks and loose items.

9. Outdoor Eating Area

If you have an outdoor kitchen, you might want to consider an outdoor eating area as well. It’s a nice option to have when you’re cooking outside, throwing a party or just enjoying the summer weather. Ask yourself what do you want your outdoor eating area to look like. Will you use it mostly for parties or just family dinners? Do you want it more intimate or open and social? Once you’ve figured that out, you can start designing.

If this outdoor eating area is just for your family, you may want to keep it simple. You can add extra seating space just in case a guest or two drops by.

For something more intimate where the wine and conversation are flowing, position your eating area away from the house. This will enhance the intimacy of your area.

If you plan on using your eating area for more social events like parties then you’ll want it stationed close to your home or closer to your outdoor kitchen. It’ll be easier to bring food out to the table.

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