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Top 10 patio design ideas

A patio design can transform your garden and whole living space – not just in terms of making it more visually appealing but also by adding the practical touches that ensure it works for your lifestyle. Get it right and it will be like adding another room.

The best patio ideas for your home will depend on the size and shape of the space you have available, but there are an infinite number of ways to create a beautiful outdoor area that you will want to spend time in.

The first thing to do is to think about how you want to use your patio, then look at what type of designs will incorporate the elements you need to achieve it. Whether you have the grandest of gardens or the smallest of spaces, it’s possible to bring eye-catching ideas to life that will enhance both your home and your lifestyle. Here are 10 of our favourite inspiring patio ideas to get you started.

  1. Patterned perfection1.1

Looking to indulge your creative flair? There are so many ways you can apply it outdoors – whether it’s through planting, furniture or patio design. In the best designs, such as the one pictured, all three work together. If you’re looking to create a distinctive look then it’s worth researching the different types of garden paving. Doing your homework will allow you to get a sense of how you can incorporate a range of styles and patterns to add interest and a creative flourish to your outdoor space.

This space shows what can be achieved with different shapes and tones of patio stones, with Fairstone Riven Harena Paving Circles creating a stylish and sociable seating area. While the key to this patio design is in the pattern, kerb stones give this look a neat and tidy finish to make it picture perfect.

2. Taking it personally2.1

Your home is a reflection of who you are. The colours, textures and styles you use echo your unique personality – and your garden’s the same. This Yin and Yang themed project makes inventive use of Drivesett Tegula Walling, Drivesett Deco and Drivesett Circle to produce a stylish and eye-catching sloping circular garden.

With spaces for socialising, sunbathing and dining, this isn’t just an attractive design but a practical one – with every inch of space serving a function. Personalising your space by adding quirky touches will reflect your personality and make the space feel even more in tune with your way of living.

  1. To boldly go…


Sometimes it makes sense to be bold and attempt something remarkable – particularly when you have a large space to work with. This stunning garden design pulls no punches. As well as being visually breathtaking it’s a fantastic feat of engineering, showing what can be achieved with meticulous planning and flawless execution. This patio design makes expert use of our ethically sourced Fairstone Natural Slate in Midnight Blue, and incorporates Drivesett Argent paving for the border.

Flexibility is the watchword with a design like this. There’s space for the children to the play, as well as areas for family gatherings and evening entertaining. With the right lighting (more of which later), the lower level can provide a wonderfully intimate setting once the sun has set.

  1. Keeping it natural


Love the look and feel of natural materials? If so, natural stone paving could be the perfect choice for your patio. Marshalls natural stone paving comes in a range of different styles and sizes, including limestone, slate, granite and ethically sourced Indian Sandstone.

The buttery colours running through Fairstone Sawn Versuro Linear are a great example of how natural stone paving can be used to define key sections, such as seating areas. Whatever style of natural stone paving you choose, it’s guaranteed to bring a warm and welcoming feel to any kind of garden design, while delivering a premium look.

  1. Stepping it up


Why not take your patio design to another level? Incorporating steps in your patio design is a great way to add a show-stopping flourish, as well as provide practical demarcation between areas. Not only do beautiful steps give you a useful and impressive segue way from your home to the outside, they can also provide protection to other parts, such as grassed areas, to ensure they continue to look their best.

These Fairstone Sawn Versuro steps are perfect for adding a touch of elegance. Available in Golden Sand, Antique Silver and Autumn Bronze, their great looks are combined with a practical non-slip finish. For an even more striking and contemporary look try Carsarta slate garden steps, crafted from high-quality Brazilian slate. Whichever style you prefer, you’ll be putting your best foot forward.

  1. Rounding it off nicely


Depending on the style of your garden and the space you’ve got to play with, a rounded patio can create a stunning focal point. You could position furniture, a barbecue area or even a firepit as the centrepiece of a rounded patio design that blends seamlessly into the rest of your outdoor space.

In this garden design, the patio was completely redesigned and restructured to include circles and curves, which softened what was originally a square plot. It’s a masterful demonstration of how circles can contrast beautifully with straight lines, and how our flexible, multi-use Fairstone Setts can frame a lawn in an impressively original way. Indian Sandstone Circles will also give your garden design that ‘wow’ factor to make it stand out from the crowd.

  1. A bright idea


Lighting can really transform your outdoor space – but as with any garden fixture or accessory, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Patio wall lighting is perfect for creating an intimate and atmospheric setting when the sun goes down, or for adding a sense of drama by emphasising the shadows and natural shapes of your garden design.

Lighting up steps and paths is both practical and pretty, with spotlights allowing you to focus light wherever you want it to create the desired effect. Choose low-energy LEDs or even incorporate solar-powered torches to ramp up your space’s after-dark appeal.

  1. The look of wood


Plank paving brings a natural, earthy feel to your patio design. It’s versatile, too, and will enrich any area of a garden, from an outdoor dining space to pathways. If you’re short on space, plank paving can also make areas seem larger – an optical illusion produced by their long and thin strips. It also offers the attractive appearance of wood but without the warping or wear wooden decking can suffer from. Nor do you have to worry about it getting slippy underfoot in wet weather.

Whether used as borders in the same shade or in a different colour to create a contrast, SYMPHONY Vitrified Plank Paving in Birch, Cherry and Char is perfect for creating beautiful designs, and gives an ultra-contemporary edge to economical, hard-wearing stone. Cherry offers attractive red-brown tones, while the light grey colour of Birch blends well with a variety of properties. Char, meanwhile, is the perfect way to inject a sense of drama.

  1. Less is more


You don’t have to live in a castle to bring a stunning garden design to your home. Even if your property is small, there are patio ideas for your petite patch of green space that will make your garden fit for a king. Check out this contemporary small patio design, where every inch of space is pulling its weight. The silver grey Fairstone Casarta Slate is combined with darker decking to create a linear feel in a clean, modern outdoor area.

Every corner of this patio is optimised for space, leaving the option to add tables and chairs. Simple but stylish, this patio design has also used our Fairstone Walling to vary height throughout the garden design – including the central planting area which adds a stunning focal point.

  1. Mixing it up


If you’re finding it hard to choose between all these options, don’t worry – you may not have to. Creating a hybrid of different designs can give you the best of all worlds and produce a garden patio that’s a personalised patchwork of every pattern and material you love.

Perhaps you fancy a brickwork perimeter to surround your concrete paving slabs, but you also want a rounded design that makes your barbecue area a focal point. On top of that, how about a mosaic-style patio floor? You can achieve all these patio ideas in one garden design. This design uses a wide range of our Fairstone products to bring a sense of structure to a small, unusually shaped garden plot – proving that you can mix it up if you want to.

And don’t forget…

Planting can make a huge difference to your outdoor appeal and should form part of your patio planning. Consider the vivid colours offered by Caladiums, Heuchera and Hyacinth Bean Vine to help break up your palette and give you refreshing flora throughout the year.

Investing in a beautiful patio design can give your garden long-lasting quality. You’ll get back the building time in all the lower maintenance you’ll benefit from in the long run, not to mention the countless hours you will spend enjoying it.

If you’re looking for some patio pattern ideas, you can find handy downloadable guides to our most popular garden patio paving patterns here: https://www.marshalls.co.uk/homeowners/garden-and-driveway-designs-and-patterns/patio

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