8 Patio Ideas to Kick Off Your Summer Celebrations in Style

Transform your outdoor space with these inspiring patio ideas
By Hometalk.com
July 2, 2014 Updated: July 4, 2014

Check these 8 wonderful ways to turn your outdoor space into a beautiful living space for celebrating al fresco dinner parties this summer or for a relaxing place to watch sunsets.

1. Cooking and Dining Under the Stars

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Outdoor Kitchen via C.E. Pontz Sons on Hometalk.

Create the ultimate summer dining experience for your friends and family by adding an outdoor kitchen like this one!

Your diners will be entranced by the open fireplace, and twinkling string lights.

Make this outdoor space feel like a room by having a pergola overhead, include some outdoor rugs and furniture and round out the room’s border with potted plants.

2. Create a Dreamy Reading Nook

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Relaxing Reading Nook via Beaux R’eves on Hometalk.

Why not enjoy your summer read with a nice light breeze and smell of summer flowers?

Create the soft and airy reading nook of your dreams by using pastel colors for your day bed and chair cushions.

Use lightweight fabrics for the outdoor rugs, and display watercolor pictures. Include dreamy, delicate potted plants like orchids or lilies too!

3. Transform Your Walkway Into a Living Room

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Decorated Front Porch via This Old House on Hometalk.

Turn your walkway into a living space by painting your porch’s floorboards or defining the space with a big area rug.

Arrange your outdoor furniture as you would a living room, with seating and a central table or ottoman.

Make entertaining a breeze by also including a decorative table or shelf that can be used as a bar or serving table.

4. Expand Your Courtyard With Classic Charm

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Classic Courtyard via The 2 Seasons on Hometalk.

You don’t need to have a lot of space to create this charming courtyard set up.

To make the enclosed space more appealing, use plenty of greenery; vines, potted plants, or even hanging flower baskets.

Choose a table with thin lines and “see through” chairs so your dinning set up won’t appear to take up much space.

Include decorative iron gates or trellises too, for added visual interest.

5. Turn Your Yard Into a Living Space

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Charming Back Patio via The Handmade Home on Hometalk.

You can go from backyard grass to back porch in one afternoon!

Lay down pavers or cement, and hoist up a charming pergola for an instant outdoor living solution.

Make the space photo-shoot ready by hanging string lights from the pergola, using fun colorful chairs and plenty of patterned throw pillows.

Hanging plants also look stunning with pergolas.

6. Transform Your Spare Balcony Into a Cozy Patio Cafe

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Balcony Cafe via Engineer Your Space on Hometalk.

Is your small balcony pretty much a wasted spare space?

You can make the most of it by utilizing pallet boards to create both seating and privacy.

Where once there was a precarious balcony bar, there is now a secure bench and seat back. Add seat cushions and a table and you’ll never eat dinner inside again!

7. Enjoy Your Outdoor View Anytime

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Outdoor Vista via Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful on Hometalk.

With the addition of a lovely shade-providing pavilion, you can enjoy your nature scenes all day long.

Capture the essence of relaxation by using sheer white curtains and large potted plants.

Define the seating areas with a large area rug, and be sure to include comfy throw pillows and chic lanterns for the decorative final touches.

8. Create Your Own Cozy Corner

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Simple Seating Area via Liz Marie Blog on Hometalk.

You don’t need too much space to partake in some outdoor enjoyment, just some comfy chairs or a cozy love seat like this eco-friendly polywood furniture.

Create an inviting setup that is so much more than just a bench by including potted plants, an end table for food or drink, and even some artful accessories.

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