Design ideas for a contemporary patio

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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When putting your patio together, it’s important to have a set style to produce a look of cohesiveness and make it look pleasing to the eye. But the hardest part is coming up with a design style that suits you. However, one of the most popular styles for outdoor living spaces is the contemporary look.

What are the basics of contemporary style?

Today’s contemporary spaces look sleek with a casual and eclectic design which puts an emphasis on comfort. The contemporary design school also includes a range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century such as mid-century modern and minimalist designs. Furniture pieces are often equipped with sharp edges and colors combine neutral shades with bold hues for a beautiful space. Here’s a more in-depth look of exactly what a contemporary design includes:

  • Lighting: Lighting in a contemporary space doesn’t just exist to illuminate a room, it’s an artistic statement. Therefore, feel free to get creative with your lighting so that it draws attention to special accessories or wall art of which you’re especially proud. Table and floor lamps often come in sleek metallic finishes with a pop of color on the lampshade. Stringed lights are another popular choice for outdoor lighting and can really soften up the feel of the patio, complementing the straight lines.
  • Color: Contemporary is all about tone-on-tone color palettes, or neutrals, including taupes, creams, browns and pure whites. Throughout the room in a contemporary space, you’ll also find pops of bright color to create contrast. Bold colors could be found on the wall in pieces of art or maybe in the form of an outdoor rug which can brighten up the space in no time. Pillows are another great and easy way to inject some personality into the room. With only small doses of color, the room doesn’t seem overpowered.
  • Furniture: As far as patio furniture goes, you’ll want to choose pieces with clean lines and smooth surfaces. Clear or frosted glass, stainless steel, nickel and chrome are all finishes which look clean and put-together in a contemporary design. Other light-colored woods like maple and birch which have minimal graining are perfect for a smooth coffee table where guests can set their drinks.
    For furniture like chairs and sofas, stick with natural fabrics like silk, linen, cotton and wool – these are popular because of their natural, neutral tone. Bring bright colors and patterns into the space using pillows, throw rugs or an outdoor rug.

Contemporary design tips

Let there be light
Because contemporary pieces can come with sleek and defined edges, letting in the sunlight can really soften up a room and shine light on the rich textures and colors present in the room. Picture windows are perfect for letting in large amounts of light and providing scenic views to the outdoors. They’re perfect for positioning between the patio and the living room so that even when you’re indoors, you can get a view of your gorgeous patio. These large windows also set a dramatic state for a contemporary design, and if you add a motorized retractable screen you can provide protection from the harsh glare of the sun.

Bring in texture
Look for neutral colors in decor pieces and furniture that are big on texture but slim on color. Rich textures pair very well with neutral colors and promote a feel of relaxation – turning your backyard patio into a serene sanctuary.

Create an inviting feel
The best contemporary spaces are the ones that are open and inviting – perfect if you have guests over to your home often. Space can be increased with wall-to-wall French doors equipped with retractable screens which lead into the patio and flood your indoor rooms with light.

Opt for stainless steel
Stainless steel appliances give off a sleek and clean look on your outdoor patio. Whether it’s a coffee table or a grill, stainless steel’s smooth finish and neutral tone will create a sophisticated space.