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Enjoy your life with these 11 outdoor terraces and patios

Lexi Hughes Lexi Hughes
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There's nothing better than enjoying a warm summer day or night outdoors. 

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to entertain family and friends outdoors on terraces and patios. You might be wondering what's the difference between a patio and terrace? A patio is Spanish descent, and generally works as a place for recreation or entertaining guests. While a terrace is usually connected to the home, either raised or not paved. 

Depending on your preference, a patio or terrace is a great addition to any home. Let's take a look at these 11 examples and see how different outdoor spaces are styled and enjoyed. 

1. Spanish style terrace

This terrace looks spacious enough to entertain a large group of family and friends. Perfect for a summer gathering! You can spot the Spanish influence in the trellis and gorgeous bougainvillea. 

2. Patio with a pool

How inviting is this patio? We love the classic wicker furniture and seafoam green cushions. Of course our favorite part of the patio is the pool! We can imagine taking a dip in the pool and enjoying a great barbacue outdoors. 

3. Small but chic patio

This patio is a perfect place to escape to the outdoors. We love the planter boxes and colorful foliage. Although it's small, we can imagine this patio being a great place to enjoy a dinner and drink outdoors. 

4. A sweet city escape

modern Garden by Cue & Co of London
Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

This patio is stunning! Green and inviting, we would love to sip wine in this garden. The colorful pottery and flowers give this patio a sense of relaxation with a Mediterranean flare! 

5. A cool and classic terrace

A great terrace to enjoy the summer months and even some unexpected weather. The lounge furniture and potted plants are great accents to this outdoor space. 

6. Alice in Wonderland themed outdoor patio

It feels like we stepped into the famous Lewis Carroll novel, Alice in Wonderland. The well trimmed hedges and eclectic decorations, like the chandelier and mismatched mirrors, give this patio so much personality! 

We can imagine sipping tea around the wooden table and enjoying conversations under the evening sky. Everything in this patio feels storybook like and we love it!

7. Fire pit in the patio

rustic Garden by Lithic Fire
Lithic Fire

Camberley firepit

Lithic Fire

Wow! This is the perfect patio to cozy up to for late night drinks or s'mores. It's a simple design and can be recreated in most backyards.  

You can recreate this look with the help of a landscape architect, or consider installing it on your own. Just make sure to clear the space of any low hanging trees or brush. 

8. A spacious patio and simplistic design

What can we say, we love the simplicity of this outdoor patio. The combination of wood and tile brings warmth to this private backyard. We can imagine roaming the grassy outdoor space and feeling completely at peace with the surrounding forrest. 

9.Terrace with a view

modern Garden by Aralia

Chelsea Creek—copyright St George Plc


You come to this terrace to enjoy the city views! We can also admire the well laid out design and surrounding garden. A perfect place to relax and enjoy warm summer days. 

10. Simple but charming patio

Although this patio is simple in design, it works for enjoying meals outdoors and entertaining small groups of friends and family. 

11.Green and luxurious patio

modern Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Entertaining Area

Earth Designs

Wow! This patio is incredibly lush. How about lounging outdoors or enjoying a nice meal on the stainless steel table and chairs? Count us in! 

There are more outdoor spaces to see! Check out 16 simple ideas for a magazine-worthy patio!

What was your favorite patio or terrace? Let us know in the comments below. 
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