20 Stunning Patio Ideas Perfect for Entertaining Guests

During the nice months of the year, spending time on the patio with friends and family, relaxing, entertaining, having a few drinks, it’s all part of having a patio. There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying everything about your home, including the outside. Many homeowners tend to neglect their patio and let sit idle with nothing more than a couple of plants or chairs. This is not a welcoming area and does not make you want to spend time out of doors, staring at the stars on warm summer’s night, or grilling out. Creating a little oasis on your patio can be easy and it can be extremely rewarding once it’s complete. You will want to be on your patio every second you can to get away from the hustles and bustles of the day, to read a good book, share a glass a wine with your someone special, and especially to entertain your guests. So how do you turn your drab back patio into a luxurious, warm and welcoming space? Keep reading to get some tips on how to transform your patio into a patio that is perfect for entertaining.

Add to the size of your patio

Today, many homes are built with just small little slabs of concrete, barely big enough to fit a couple chairs. If you are big into entertainment and want more space for holding friends and family – even a grill or more, then you may need to increase the size of your patio. You may want to look into adding to your patio by enlarging the concrete area, or add decking to the back of your home. Other ideas are creating a large stone or tiled area for the patio. Getting measurements and planning out the layout of where you want your patio to extend and choosing the type of flooring you want for the patio, are the first steps. You will also need to find about if any permits will be needed to extend the patio or decking to the size you want, before making any changes to the property.

What purpose do you want your patio to serve?

Before you start to construct your patio, decide what purpose you want for your patio. Will it be strictly for sitting and visiting, or do you plan to be able to cookout and eat as part of your entertainment? Do you plan to use the patio for entertainment during cooler months too, or only in the summer? If you do want to entertain during cooler months, you may want to consider making room for, and adding a small fire pit for bonfires. Once you know what purpose your patio will serve, you can start to plan what type of furniture and other items you will want and need to entertain comfortably and easily.

Ideas of how to decorate your patio

  • Keep your patio furniture scaled to the size of your space. Overly large pieces of furniture can crowd the area and make it difficult to maneuver around the patio. You want to leave open spaces for walking and mingling. Be sure to choose pieces of furniture that are weather-resistant and good for outdoor living.
  • Adding a grill to your patio gives you the option of having a cookout with your friends an family. The same applies to the grill as it does the furniture, in that you want to make sure your grill doesn’t eat up a lot of the patio space. Be sure to map out where yo want to place the grill and take measurements of the space, and the grill that you want.
  • Bonfires are a cozy way to visit with friends and entertain. Everyone loves a quaint little fire to huddle around and talk. There are a variety of bonfire pits homeowners can choose from to suit their taste, style and needs.
  • Lighting is important on a patio, especially because most people love to entertain on their patio in the evenings when natural light is low, or gone. Adding lighting can mean having to run more electrical out to the patio, and this will require the help of an electrician, but if you want a specific ambiance on your patio, it can be worth it to create the perfect patio for entertaining.
  • Plants and flowers are a beautiful addition to a patio. If you want to create little areas of focal points, set a few large pots of flowers or plants around the patio, surround the large pots with smaller pots of colorful flowers to make it stand out and grab your guests attention. You can also use other art deco pieces sporadically, around the patio. A statue or other outdoor art deco pieces.

For more patio ideas on how to create a stunning patio for entertaining, scroll down to see 20 of the most beautiful patios for entertaining.

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