Finally, the element that ties everything together and makes a patio functional, livable, and organic is the furniture – that which makes a patio truly a patio, where people gather and live.
What kind of furniture do you want for your patio? Do you want the classic patio look of wicker furniture? Or do you want something like teak or metal? There is also the consideration of what type of pieces you want, which are mainly a reflection of the function you want for the space. Do you want rockers that allow you to rock gently back and forth for hours with a close friend? Or perhaps a daybed and chaises for lounging? You can have these pieces match, or can go for a more eclectic look that still invites people to associate freely.
How do you want your visitors to congregate on the patio? Consider arranging the furniture so that it naturally encourages gatherings, places where people can look at each other while conversing and enjoying each other’s company.
Think carefully about all of the elements of a perfect patio if you want to create a space that is inviting, peaceful, warm, accepting, and inclusive. Use these elements to create a patio that speaks volumes not just about the home, but about the owner.