The Anatomy of a Modern Patio

I know I said I was going to spend the month talking about transitional spaces, but after spending the weekend in my backyard working to make it ready for spring I feel more inspired to talk about backyards this week…particularly the backyard I chose designed by Monica Kuhn.  The first time I spotted the design on Style at Home I was blown away by the amazing use of space and the bold color palette.  But, there is so much to take away from this thoughtfully designed space, even if it’s not exactly your style.

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The bold red color used in this backyard is probably my favorite design element.  Rather than using different shades of red, or even throwing in a secondary accent color, the designer chose to use the exact same shade of red anytime a color was used.  I especially love that the red color was matched exactly on the wall feature as well.  Using just one bold color really simplifies the design for a very clean look.  Plus, the red color really helps to unify the dining and lounge spaces. If you are looking for a similar look in your backyard, it doesn’t matter which color you pick as THE color, as long as you keep it exactly the same in all the elements.

I’m always tempted to mix lots of patterns together, especially in a casual space like a backyard or patio.  But, I love that the designer stuck with stripes as the pattern of choice in this backyard.  The stripes are bold and noticeable, but don’t overwhelm the space, or detract from the rest of the design elements.  In a crisp modern space, just one pattern goes a long way.

I really love the amazing viewpoint we have in this photograph…it really helps us to see the way the backyard was split into separate areas for dining and lounging, and we can also see the cool shapes created by the “flooring” materials.  The large square slabs used to create a walkway between the dining and lounging areas are a cool way to add interest in a simple organized way.  When you are considering the materials you are going to use underfoot be conscious of their shapes and the shapes or patterns they create when put together.

The designer did such a great job of using scale to create focal points and also separate space.  The red wall and giant umbrella definitely help focus your eye on the dining area.  And, the large-scale of the plants used in the borders help to separate the dining and lounge spaces, and also create a shield of sight and sound from outside the garden.  I can imagine that the large-scale plants make this space feel very cozy.

What’s your favorite part of this room? Check out the entire article to see more amazing photos of this backyard.

Can’t wait to share some more of my favorite things about this room, but my posts will mostly be quick and light this week, as it is spring break at our house and I am planning on spending more time IN the backyard than just talking about it.  See ya back here tomorrow!

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