Oregon summers are, in a word, extraordinary. With warmer temperatures and a respite from rain on the horizon, it is the perfect time to bring those long overdue backyard patio ideas you’ve been harboring to life. Alternately, if you’re ready to transform your outdoor space into a flawlessly functional and beautiful extension of your home but don’t know where to start, read on. Here are six backyard patio ideas for hosting friends and family.

6 Backyard Patio Ideas to Consider

Whether you’re looking to create a space for family gatherings, or a relaxing space to spend afternoons with friends and kids, your backyard patio can be the perfect venue. But you should spend some time thinking specifically about how you’ll use the space. 

Love Your Outdoor Living Room

If you’re looking to create an area for reading, chatting, napping, or enjoying a cup of tea, furniture should be your focus. Plan for comfortable outdoor couches, chairs, and ottomans surrounding a coffee table. Remember you’ll need an outdoor rug to pull the space together in the same way you would with an interior living room. Accent pieces may include candles, plants, or even a small fountain. Sconces mounted to the exterior of your home, and a freestanding fireplace, can provide all the comforts of home while enjoying the outdoors.

Get Help Designing a Functional, Fabulous Outdoor Kitchen

If you have a large outdoor space and are wanting to put in a kitchen, plan to bring in an experienced, highly regarded design firm. From selecting the countertops to the flooring, and roofing ideas, an outdoor kitchen can be a more involved undertaking. However, the results will be worth it, when you can spend your spring and summer nights cooking underneath the stars.

Dine Under the Stars

Long gone are the days of a wobbly bistro table and uncomfortable outdoor dining chairs as your only options for eating outside. Today, outdoor dining furniture is as customizable, sturdy, and gorgeous as the furniture in any formal dining room. If your backyard patio ideas include dreams of a luxurious farm table covered by a pergola wrapped in lights or vines, it’s time to bring that dream to life. 

Create a Cozy Campfire Vibe

Do your backyard patio ideas include sitting around a fire, chatting with friends and family? Create a campfire vibe with a firepit surrounded by rocks and Adirondack chairs, perfect for making smores, all while sharing stories and memories. 

Ultimate Relaxation in Nature

If the dreams for your outdoor space include visions of a Zen-like space perfect for practicing mindful meditation with your best friend, think water, plenty of greenery, and comfort. Consider the addition of waterscapes or fountains. Create a space for yoga, stretching, or simply being still. Ask your designer for help with a perfectly symmetrical rock garden or gardens with clean lines. You may even consider adding an outdoor spa/jacuzzi, or a small pond. Lastly, don’t forget to include the most comfortable lounge chairs you can find. 

Make the Most of Small Patios

Just because your patio area is small doesn’t mean it can’t be spectacular. You can easily bring a small patio to life by going vertical. For small spaces, a variety of plants set on shelves of differing heights can create a cheerful, lively space. A loveseat, or bench along with an ottoman or accent table can perfectly fill a small space.

Keep in mind that even if you only have a small, paved area, grass can be replaced with natural stone, pavers, or bricks to increase the size of your outdoor space. To distinguish one area from another, consider using colorful tiles to separate spaces. 

Transform Your Patio into Your Personal Oasis in Oregon

Samantha Lee Designs is available to help you transform your outdoor space into an extension of your home that you’ll love to use. From simple selections such as furniture and rugs to new builds in your backyard, our team will help you to create an outdoor space that brings you’re your family and friends endless joy. To learn more about our design services in Oregon, contact us today.