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Designing the Perfect Eco-Friendly Patio Space for a Garden


The summer days are here and it is reasonable to wish to sit in your garden and fully enjoy it. However, if your patio has been neglected you cannot fully relax in the garden.

So, this summer, you can make it your new DIY project to design the perfect patio and decorate it in an eco-friendly way. This gives you a perfect chance to upgrade the patio, while you can work on your carbon footprint and the beauty of your garden. Let’s see how you can start.

Consider Size and Shape

Square or rectangular patios are pretty much what everyone is doing. It’s the easiest shape to get, but that might not be the best option for your home. Sometimes, it’s better to opt for something more unusual and more natural. For example, organic shapes and curving and circular forms can help the space feel more connected to the garden and nature, too.

Plus, such curving shapes can feel more relaxing and soft, unlike sharp angles and lines. Additionally, make sure to consider the size, as you don’t want to overwhelm the garden. Start with a smaller patio where you can fit in a relaxing seating area and build from that.

Rely on Eco-Friendly Materials

Materials are key when designing an eco-friendly patio and garden. Usually, patios are paved, but those materials can harm the natural environment you have in your garden.

The best option is to go for wooden decking, but make sure that it is not coated with harmful materials for protecting the wood. Another option is to use reclaimed wood, or if you do wish to pave the patio, make sure it is from reclaimed materials, too.

Sustainable Furniture and Accessories

After you’ve built or upgraded the materials of the patio, it’s time to start decorating it. Start by picking the furniture you’d like to have in this space. You can use reclaimed timber for patio furniture as you can style this wood any way you want.

Plus, if you are crafty, you can build it on your own. Also, don’t forget to make the space cozy by using other sustainable materials, including logs, clay, earth, and similar. You can use such materials to make chairs, vases, pots, and any other piece you need here.

Once the main pieces are done, it’s time to add some accessories. If the patio is next to your house, you can decorate that wall and turn it into a focal point.

Minimalist custom eco friendly posters can make a nice addition to your patio as they come in many colors and sizes. Then, you can pick colorful pots for your plants, add some scented candles, and seat covers of natural materials to build that extra coziness.

Don’t Forget About Plants

As you are creating this cozy space in your garden, you simply have to add plants around the patio. Just like you’d like to rely on sustainable materials, you also should rely on native plants to give the natural environment and wildlife a boost.

Also, add plants around your patio to add privacy and create that enclosed relaxing space you need. While the plants are protecting your patio from nosy neighbors, they are also providing shade and natural beauty to your garden.

Here you can consider vines that can climb the patio and create that natural screen wall. The base of the patio can easily be decorated with beautiful flowers native to your location, and your garden heaven is complete.

Building an eco-friendly patio can be such a wonderful project. Just remember to rely on sustainable materials, refrain from using any harmful chemicals, and rely on native plants. The rest of the decor can also follow the same rules and your relaxing space will be done in no time.

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, a distinguished interior designer with a Bachelor’s in Design and Environmental Analysis, has been transforming spaces with his unique aesthetics for over two decades. His professional journey includes working with top design firms before venturing into freelance design consulting. His expertise was cultivated through years of working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He joined our editorial team and offers readers a blend of contemporary style and practical decorating solutions. He is also an ardent traveler, drawing inspiration from different cultures to enrich his design philosophy.

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