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Cozy European-Style Patios

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When summer’s in full swing, there is nothing Europeans like to do more than get outside, soak up some sunshine and enjoy some al fresco dining. No matter how small their home might be (and European homes often are quite small) you will always find Europeans trying to carve out a piece of outdoor space wherever they can. Whether for a croissant and coffee on a quiet morning or a summer barbecue with a glass of chilled rosé in the evening, outdoor patios are perfect places for unwinding.

Inviting European style patio ideas

You can claim any outdoor nook or corner as your patio. Pull together some outdoor seating, set out some planters with pretty flowers and find an umbrella to offer a little shade. Voilà: You have the makings of a great outdoor space. Whether high up on a rooftop, tucked away in a courtyard or overlooking lush fields or a beautiful sea view, these European-style outdoor patios are sure to inspire your summer space.

French farmhouse

Create your own French farmhouse–style patio by adding natural wooden furniture with neutral linens and simple white plates. Add finishing touches to your table with a simple vase of wildflowers and a large bowl of oranges or deep purple figs. Grow pots of lavender for a heavenly scent, and add complementary aubergine (deep purple) throw pillows to your seating.

Italian apartment

If you want an Italian-style patio of your own, grow tall shrubs — such as yew or privet — near a fence or a garden trellis to create some privacy from your neighbors. Use black iron furniture, and if you can, splurge on a white marble or stone top table. Accessorize with plain white seat cushions and a white umbrella to keep the look simple and classic. Add some warm terra-cotta planters with bright flowers like geraniums for color. Use a single color such as pink, red or white so they don’t overwhelm the space. If you want to add table linens, use crisp whites. Bellissimo!

Spanish-style villa

If you have the luxury of a wall you can paint, whitewash it to give the space a clean, cool backdrop. If you can’t add warm terra-cotta tiles to the floor, try using oversize terra-cotta planters and fill them with vibrant-color flowers, like red geraniums or bright bougainvillea. Select furniture in dark brown or black and create contrast with bold red cushions. Add black iron light fixtures or accessorize with black metal candle lanterns to add to that Mediterranean feel.

Modern Scandinavian chic

Famous Scandinavian design ideas is simple and not complicated. The floor can be made of stone with some wooden furniture. To get the Scandinavian modern style to your patio, then you can put some furniture simple with black or gray. You can also add a chaise lounge for sun bathing. Also add a few potted plants to liven up the atmosphere patio.

English cottage

If you’re inspired by the Brits’ beautiful gardens, start with a table and chairs in painted white iron or go for a fun color such as sage green, dusty pink or baby blue. Use floral chintz for your table linens and crockery; mix, match and clash those patterns! You can pick up odd pieces of china tableware and old silver cutlery sets at your local antiques market.

Add lots of different herbs and colorful flowers. Even though an English garden looks all romantic and natural, there is a little planning involved. First work out what flowers and herbs will thrive in your climate (and when they bloom). Then think through different heights you will need to get those lovely layers of color. Delphiniums and lupines (blues) give some height, then add upright campanulas (white), geraniums (pinks or red), cosmos daisies (pinks and whites) or agapanthas (blues or white). On the final lower layers, consider something like bedding dahlias and begonias with some trailing plants such as cacopa or verbena. Plant in groups and pack everything in close.

You can also try climbing plants such as creeping roses to cover railings or exposed walls, and add a small water feature to create a relaxing sound of running water.

Spanish finca

To create your own little patch of Spain, grow pots (or a trough) of desertworthy succulents. If you don’t have lovely sand-colored stone walls, paint a surrounding wall in a rich mustard yellow or a warm terra-cotta red. Use iron or wood garden furniture with olive green cushions. If you have space, add an additional comfortable chair or two with an ottoman so you can put your feet up and relax. Keep a wicker basket nearby with a handy supply of magazines to read and, of course, a side table with a nice jug of chilled sangria.

Mediterranean-style palazzo

Patio Mediterranean style is usually found in Spanish-style houses and villas by the beach. Usually this patio style have bright floor box patern and displays Mediterranean accents. You can balance it with dark colored furniture such as brown or black and is more beautiful with red cloth cover. You can also add some pretty accessories like wrought-iron chandeliers.

Spanish revival

Try using Spanish tile on a wall, the floor or the kickboards of a staircase. You can even find iron tables with Spanish tile tops. You can get a similar effect using bold-patterned fabrics on seat cushions, throw pillows, tablecloths and possibly drapery. Play with differently scaled prints from the same color palette, such as this great combination of navy, light blue, orange and white.

Category: Decks & Patios, Outdoor Design & Décor


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