5 popular patio design trends for 2020

The cliché “bring the outdoors in” has been a mainstay in design for many years. However it has recently been flipped when it comes to popular patio design trends with many homeowners and designers opting to “bring the indoors out” and incorporating many interior design elements when creating their ideal backyards and patios. Fireplaces, kitchen sinks, TVs and rugs are all quickly becoming staples in patio design for 2020. These are 5 popular patio design trends that may inspire you when you’re creating your very own backyard haven.


It’s hard to say that courtyards are a new trend since they have been popular for centuries. A courtyard is surrounded and protected by the home on all four sides while still remaining open to the outdoors. It features plenty of natural light and fresh air as well as a view of the sky while still remaining private. These days courtyards are being made cozy by the inclusion of indoor elements to their design such as rugs, lanterns and comfortable seating from chairs to full sofas. Adding a trellis and lots of greenery to this setting creates the perfect blend of nature and indoor comfort.

Outdoor Kitchens

Who doesn’t love a good backyard cookout or a summer BBQ gathering? Many homeowners are starting to take outdoor cooking to a whole new level and creating a kitchen that would be worthy of any chef right in their backyard. It’s not uncommon to see sinks, cabinets, and plenty of counter space in addition to grills and outdoor ovens. Food prep, cooking and serving can all be done in the same space while the addition of an outdoor lounge or dining area completes the dining al fresco experience. 


Patios covers are more popular than ever with many homeowners choosing to either extend their home’s roof to provide shade and protection to their patio or building free standing pergolas to provide a seamless transition from the indoors to the outside world. Most pergolas feature an open lattice design and are typically made from wood. Climbing vines and string lights can add to a natural feel while still creating a cozy spot to enjoy the outdoors.

Built-In Furniture

There is an abundance of outdoor furniture options on the market today that are both stylish and durable, not to mention comfortable. However, built-in patio furniture is also an emerging design trend that seems to be gaining more popularity by the hour. Many homeowners are choosing to make their patio furniture a permanent feature of their backyard landscape. The most popular options is furniture that seems to be emerging for the ground itself with poured concrete seating and tables that enclose conversations pits. Built-in patio furniture creates a very intentional and sturdy look and is a great choice for people who don’t want the hassle of moving their outdoor furniture every time it rains. 

Fire Pits 

Fire pits have been popular with homeowners for many years and with good reason. A fire pit combined with comfortable seating provides the perfect gathering spot in the backyard. Its coziness and warmth can be enjoyed in both summer and during the winter months. We can say with certainty this is one patio design trend that is not going away anytime soon and we will continue to see different variations of fire pits for many years to come.

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