These Design Ideas Will Help You Transform Your Concrete Patio – House Beautiful

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Embrace the edginess of cement (or make it feel cozy).
When you think of spring and summer, chances are, you’ll think of outdoor spaces that boast beautiful design elements—and that, of course, includes patios. And while many patios tend to be made of luxe materials, like natural stone pavers, wood, brick, or even colorful tiles, many inherited patios are simply made of concrete. But before you make up your mind about changing the foundational material, keep reading ahead! We rounded up over a dozen examples of concrete patios that will show you how to transform a drab patio (yes, even small ones!) into a resort-worthy oasis. Below, find 13 design ideas that will help you do just that—and don’t forget to incorporate some patio-appropriate decor!
This minimalist space by Kathleen McCormick is proof that patios can be both chic and timeless. Plus, adding matching furniture will truly complete the look!
Bluestone is a great alternative to concrete, as seen in this patio designed by Josh Greene Design. And we can’t forget to mention the climbing greenery, which adds even more texture (and visual interest) to the space.
Using black as the main shade of a space’s color palette is the ultimate way to make it all the more classic, as proven by designer Jean Liu. And you’ll really tie your patio together if you incorporate this color elsewhere, too, like the windows.
Who says your patio can’t look like a resort? Designer Kathryn Ireland has the right idea, as seen in this tropical-inspired spot filled with palm trees and bluestone.
Nothing says sophisticated like a black-and-white space—and this one, designed by Ore Studios, even incorporates a concrete floor, which really ties the look together.
If you’re a big fan of planting flowers, bushes, and everything in between, this Madeline Stuart-designed space is sure to provide some much-needed design inspiration. Plants don’t have to be limited to the grassy areas of your landscape, after all! And your patio will be all the more visually interesting this way.
Matching your patio to your home’s interiors is a genius idea, as proven here by Peti Lau Inc. Keep the minimalist theme going by being selective with your outdoor plant selections—and make sure your patio floor is of a similar color palette as the room(s) it leads into!
If you’re into landscape design but you’re not quite sure how to incorporate it into your patio, Studio Robert McKinley has the solution for you: surround your patio with grass.
Designer Hecker Guthrie knows that the best way to add some pizzazz to an outdoor patio is to add a bit of landscaping, without overdoing it. This scenic space is perfectly complemented by impeccably manicured tile-like squares made of grass.

Lounge chairs are often seen as merely an accessory, but this creation by Fantastic Frank shows that they can be the basis for the design of your outdoor space. Clearly, matching your furnishings to your patio is the way to go!
Outhouses get a bad rap, but Commune Design knows that this looked-down-upon space has as much design potential as a home’s interiors. So, why not give an outhouse a makeover and add something unique to your patio?!
While many of us might think of art as a typically indoor asset, design firm Night Palm is here to prove us wrong. This artsy pool area is evidence that sometimes, all you need is a splash of color to complete a space—even a patio!
Framing your pool with bluestone is a sure-fire way to make it look more expensive, as seen in this space designed by Nicole Hollis. Plus, you can keep this aesthetic going by adding neutral-toned outdoor furniture.


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