Everyone’s idea of a perfect patio is different.
For some, an ideal escape might be a lush, verdant patio overgrown with running vines and wildflowers. Others take solace in minimalist retreats, favouring clean lines and clear spaces. And then there are those whose backyard oases consist of unbridled personal expression – splashy décor features, bright colours and funky lighting choices. In short, backyard patios are as diverse as Canada itself.
Still, you can follow a few common design principles, no matter which of the above categories you count yourself. These are a few central tenets for turning your patio space into a soothing, energizing or all-around fun summer oasis.
Stamped Concrete Lets You Personalize the Hardscape
Let’s start at the foundation and work upward. If you’re intent on building the perfect back patio, begin by contacting a stamped concrete company. Stamped concrete has a lot going for it – it’s easy to maintain, stands up to the toughest Canadian weather and resists weeds. But perhaps its greatest strength is versatility.
Stamped concrete lets you personalize your hardscape like no other material. Choose a limestone finish for a contemporary, sophisticated appearance. Or replicate natural stone styles like flagstone or slate for an earthy, rustic and homey feel. Since stamped concrete features permanent colours and textures, you won’t need to worry about fading.
A Firepit Creates a Convivial Centrepiece
Whether you favour the wild look of an overgrown patio or the minimalist sheen of a simple outdoor space, you need a centrepiece. You need somewhere around which guests can congregate, laugh, share drinks and trade stories.
Next on your list for crafting the perfect summer oasis is finding the right firepit. It all depends on your style. If you’re going for sleek modernness, consider a simple propane firepit made with glass and rock pebbles. Want a firepit to complement your rustic patio? Try a wood-burning brick pit that doubles as a grill.
A Pergola or Gazebo Offers Visual Impact and Protection
Pergolas and gazebos serve double duty. On the one hand, they enhance the appearance of a backyard space by giving it structure and dimension. On the other hand, they serve the practical purpose of shielding you and your guests from the elements.
People often say of Canadian weather: If you don’t like it, wait five minutes. Installing a pergola or gazebo allows you to weather (literally) the ups and downs of Canadian seasons in style. Plus, they look great alongside stamped concrete and firepits.
A Variety of Lighting Develops Visual Intrigue
Again, the specific lights you choose will ultimately depend on what ambience you attempt to cultivate. However, it’s best practice to have a variety of light styles: task lights, ambient lights and accent lights.
Task lights direct their brightness on a task or central point of activity, like an outdoor kitchen or communal area. Accent lights highlight design features. And ambient lighting uses diffuse fixtures like canopy lights and spotlights to give a general sense of brightness. When mixed, they create a dynamic sense of visual intrigue.
To summarize, no two patios are entirely alike – but the best ones share some commonalities. Put down the latest stamped concrete designs, install the right firepit, frame it with a gazebo or pergola and light the whole thing with a mixture of fixtures. Voila: You have a summer oasis!