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If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space in the city, then an urban patio area is a great way to maximise it. Regardless of space, a bit of careful planning will allow you to create an attractive, useful area that will double up as outdoor entertaining space. Start by picking a theme. A contemporary or Eastern theme can work well in an urban setting, as can a slightly futuristic theme. This will help you select accessories, plants and contains for your space. Look for unusual plants. Tropical plants and cacti are great for creating something edgier, and you can keep them in pots and bring in when the weather’s bad.
The key to creating a successful urban patio space is to keep it very simple. This will help minimize space. Play with angles, use paint to create visual interest, and contrast light and dark where possible- for example, combine a white wall with dark stoned borders, and select a coloured concrete if installing a pattern-imprinted concrete patio.
Block out the outside world with fencing or panels, and focus carefully on the plants you pick – try to pick plants and flowers that will come into their own at different times of year, so there’s always something attractive to look at.
Look at water features to create atmosphere – a gently running fountain can add a tranquil feel, or try building a pond encased in dark stone, square structures.
Place a large stone Buddha amongst some plants. Choose decking or a durable concrete patio that will last. Create visual interest with a pattern-imprinted concrete patio, and pick a colour that works with your scheme.
Also opt for durable wooden patio furniture that is simple and chunky in appearance for a modern look. Dark wood or stainless steel can look great for these themes. Alternatively, have fun installing quirky furniture – use railway sleepers to base planters on or divide up space, church pews for seating and original signage to decorate walls. If you’re limited by a small area, look at furniture that can be hung onto walls – simple benches and planters for example. Small bistro style chairs and coffee tables are also great for compact spaces, and they can be painted in bright colours for a fun look.
Fire pits and BBQS are great for outdoor entertaining and solar lights add a pretty finish and can add evening atmosphere to a well-designed urban patio garden. Alternatively, try some eastern-inspired candle lanterns for dusk-time entertaining.
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12th August 2011