Front yard patio designs should allow for optimal privacy, comfort and style. Organized in those three important categories, here are some easy front yard patio ideas for your home.
It’s ideal to incorporate privacy screens, landscaping, hardscaping or fencing into your outdoor patio area. Don’t worry about fully enclosing it. A short length of your chosen privacy solution may provide enough privacy and intimacy. For example, place a tall, faux boxwood hedge wall on the most neighbour-exposed side of your patio, and put a cute bench below it. Add a short fence on the opposite side, and plant shrubs for a café-like, self-contained feeling.
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When brainstorming front yard patio ideas, prioritize comfort. First, choose seating for diverse purposes. For example, that cute bench we just mentioned is a good spot to sit and put on your running shoes. The other side of your front yard patio may be dedicated to enjoying meals and relaxing on outdoor lounge furniture.
Lighting is important for comfort too. Make sure you have pathway lighting to make it safer to walk at night. Attractive solar lighting is an easy choice, or you can install an outdoor outlet and hang string lights or lanterns. Want to avoid bugs? Stick to dim lighting, add some citronella oil lamps and get a professional mosquito treatment.
Shade is another key to a relaxing front yard patio. If there are no trees nearby, consider canvas shade sails or a pergola structure. Plant a couple of lovely shade trees for future comfort (and immediate beauty).
Hit up Pinterest and your other favourite sources to look at images of front yard patio designs, paying special attention to the small style details that make you smile. Then follow these steps to round out your front yard patio ideas.
- Location, location. Position your patio to be cohesive with existing sidewalks and your driveway. All the pathways should flow naturally.
- Pick a shape. Depending on purpose, make your patio a square/rectangle, a circle/oval or a more irregular shape. For example, you may want one area for seats and a firepit, and one area for a fountain or bold planter.
- Choose the masonry. Select stones, bricks, tiles or pavers to make your patio a patio! Masonry colours should complement your house’s siding and trim, as well as your patio furniture.
- Control colour. Limit yourself to a few pops of colour – like blue chairs and a bed of yellow flowers. If your siding is brightly coloured, consider muted colours for the patio. Think about painting your front door to tie it into the patio colour scheme.
- Protect wood. If you don’t protect your patio’s wooden structures, it will turn ugly fast. From retaining walls to pergolas, know how to properly seal, paint or stain the wood. We also recommend having your gutters cleaned to avoid water damage to the patio area.
- Add more décor. Add the finishing touches like tabletop decorations, a colourful flag and a classy or quirky lawn ornament. A few simple objects can add a lot of personality.