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Patio Design Ideas

By Botanical Decorators
July 17, 2013

The right patio design can transform the look and feel of your landscape and provide a space for dining, relaxing, or entertaining friends outside. And depending on your style tastes and functionality requirements, you can customize this space with a variety of stone styles, shapes, and colors.

With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to bring your vision for the perfect patio to life. But we understand that it’s not always so easy to know where to begin. We’ve provided some patio design ideas below as inspiration to our clients in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Patio Styles

When you’re planning your patio installation project, you may want to consider a number of different patio styles. Some popular patio styles include:

  • Contemporary. You can use a variety of different features to create a contemporary patio style, perfect for the modern landscape design.
  • Monochromatic. As the name implies, this patio style consists of stones in various tones of the same color.
  • Casual. This is a simple patio design that produces a laid-back feeling. It can include a simple dining table and chairs, or plantings on the side.
  • Free-form. Free-form patio styles are usually asymmetrical shapes, perfect for a garden side patio. Concrete is an easy material to use for this, and flagstone can look great as well.
  • Linear. In this type of pattern, stones or bricks are cut in clean squares and rectangles so as to fit together perfectly.
  • Running bond.  Typically found in brickwork or cobblestone, running bond creates a uniform, structured look.
  • Irregular. This is usually built with pieces of flagstone that have irregular shapes and fit together as if they were in a jigsaw puzzle.

Whether you want a pool patio or a patio for outdoor cooking and entertaining, these patio styles will help you incorporate all the features you want. And if you have another unique patio design idea of your own, you can always discuss it with your landscape designer to see if it’s feasible for your space.

Patio Materials

Another important thing to consider when you’re coming up with patio design ideas is the type of stones you want. We provided an idea of the best stones for different types of patio styles above, but here’s an overview of popular patio stones.

  • Travertine
  • Pennsylvania flagstone
  • Concrete
  • Brick
  • Slate
  • Crushed granite
  • Tile

Whether you want to create a linear look with tile or need a surface that’s durable like concrete, these patio materials can help you create the best possible style for your space. You should also consider whether you want to incorporate colors or stained materials in the design. Concrete, for instance, can be easily stained and painted, and flagstone comes in a variety of colors.

Patio Designs in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia

Do you need help bringing your patio design ideas to life? At Botanical Decorators, we create custom patios throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Whether you have an exact vision for your perfect patio or need help coming up with ideas, we can help you through every step of your project, and incorporate the landscape fireplaces, plantings, and outdoor kitchen stations you need to complete the space. What’s more, we use only the finest stones for our patios, importing choices from China, India, and Peru.

Contact us today for patio designs you’ll love!


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