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Inspirational Ideas and Materials for Designing the Perfect Patio

Patios are made for relaxing. Trying to find the perfect look for your patio shouldn't be stressful. Here are ten inspirational ideas for patio looks that will get your design gears churning.

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flagstone patioJason Rathe/ Field Outdoor Spaces

Flagstone and Pea Gravel

Experiment with mixing and matching different textures, colors, and materials to build a unique stone patio. Mixing materials makes it easy to design a wide, open patio space while also cutting down on costs. For this patio, less expensive pea gravel was used in combination with some pricier flagstone to create a natural-looking space.

DIY patio planters.

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flagstone patio materialsJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Gray Flagstone

Natural stone is a time-tested material that makes for an amazing outdoor patio. Here, the homeowner expanded the use of stone all the way up to a wood-fired pizza oven. 

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bluestone patio materials pergolaJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Bluestone

This outdoor patio features a natural stone called “bluestone” which creates a homey look. Bluestone is available either in tidy rectangles and squares or irregular slabs that can make for a more interesting and eclectic space.

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patio materials circular brickJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Brick and Grass

Looking for an economical way to build an outdoor patio space? Define the space with real brick and leave the grass in the center area. This courtyard patio area can still be used for lounging, eating, or even watching the stars. Need patio furniture?

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limestone patio materialsJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Limestone

Limestone is a beautiful material, available in many shapes and colors. Limestone is also very versatile and can be used for patio floors as well as retaining walls and other landscaping fixtures.

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patio materials brick paversJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Cobblestone Brick

One of the most traditional patio materials is cobblestone, which you’ll recognize if you’ve been to places like England or Belgium and walked through cobblestone brick streets, bridges, and courtyards.  If you haven’t visited those places, no problem— you can build this old-world feel into your patio experience.

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patio materials stone paversJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Stone Paver

Stone pavers are the perfect material for a circular patio area. The size and shape of stone pavers make it easy to lay and level the patio space. You can learn how to build a circular paver patio with these instructions.

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stamped concrete patio swimming poolKeith Muratori/Shutterstock

Stamped Concrete

Want the look of natural stone, but don’t want to pay the high price? Stamped or acid stained concrete can be a less expensive way to build a patio. Stamped concrete can replicate brick, flagstone, even wood, and can be used for patios or courtyards, and of course, paths, driveways and pool decks.

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terracotta patioMichael C. Gray/Shutterstock

Terracotta

The classic southern European look of terracotta is another distinct design idea for a patio. The appearance and feel of terracotta will make your outdoor space something of an exotic experience and it’s easy to maintain. Leaves, twigs, and grass are easily swept or blown away in a matter of minutes. Terracotta is one of many beautiful ways to renovate your patio space.

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ceramic tile patioDariush M/Shutterstock

Ceramic Tile

Everyone knows tile is great for kitchen and bathroom floors, but it’s also equally suited for outdoor patios. Want to bring the clean and colorful look of ceramic to your outdoor space? Follow these instructions to build a ceramic tile patio.

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