6 Original Concrete Patio Ideas and Designs

June 27, 2019
A concrete patio is often dull and monochromatic. But like any other space, you can decorate it and add colors with various objects and plants.

You might be one of those people who think a concrete patio is the most boring thing in the world. But there are actually ways to make it fun with a decor scheme that fits your personal tastes. Today, we’re going to give you some ideas and designs to make your concrete patio pleasant, and inviting, whether you’re alone or with guests.

Concrete patio ideas

We’d all love to have a pretty yard with a lawn and lots of plants and flowers. It means access to nature all year round. But if you move to a house with a concrete patio, you might think all that nature and color is gone. Nothing could be further from the truth! There are lots of great ways to decorate a concrete patio.

1. Concrete flower pots and flower beds

Concrete flower pots and flower beds with cacti in them.

Wait, more cement? Yes! But don’t worry, it’s going to look gorgeous because you can put your favorite flowers and plants in them. All you have to do is add soil, plant the flowers, and decorate it with small stones and pebbles. It will look especially good if you use white stones.

Another idea we like is to put cacti and succulents in the concrete flower pots and paint the wall behind them a dark gray. This will give you just the contrast you need for a modern decor scheme.

2. Cement seats

Concrete patio seats.

Another great combination with a concrete patio is to use build seats out of cement blocks. You can either fix them together with cement or just stack them on top of each other. It’s best if you place them against a wall that can act as a back so that you don’t need to use so many blocks.

The color will come from the cushions. First, we suggest you put down a thin mat or pad to make the seat comfortable to sit on and make sure to pick something washable. Then, you can add a bunch of colorful cushions.

Sticking with the concrete block idea, you could also make a nice little table, bar, or whatever other furniture you need. From there, if you want to keep the space from being so gray, you can add some wooden boards and flower pots as decoration.

3. Wall art on a concrete patio

Wall art on a concrete patio.

If you have both a concrete floor and walls in your patio, you’re probably thinking there’s too much gray. Well then, add some color!

There are lots of options. For example, you can make wall art with old tilesor if you know an artist, you can ask them to do a colorful painting on your wall. Just remember to always use materials that can handle the weather, especially rain.

4. Wooden pergola

A wooden pergola in a backyard with lots of plants.

The good thing about having a concrete patio is that you can use the space no matter what time of year it is. For one thing, when it rains, it won’t turn into a muddy mess.

So, if you want to take full advantage of your home’s exterior, you should build or install a pergola. It’s best if it’s made of wood because it will create a nice contrast with the concrete. But you could still choose one made of metal, in a silver or bronze tone.

5. A concrete fountain and tiles

A concrete fountain and tiles.

You can also make one of the walls of your exterior into a corner for peace and tranquility. One way to do this is to take advantage of the concrete floor and build a nice concrete fountain. 

Make a flower bed with concrete blocks and decorate it with tiles in whatever color you like. Put some spouts on the wall and paint it gray. You can also make a rustic arch with a stone covering. The results are absolutely stunning.

6. Wooden furniture for a concrete patio

Wooden furniture for a concrete patio.

The last of our concrete patio ideas for today involves using wooden or rattan furniture. It looks great alongside concrete. Just remember that it also needs special treatment and finishes to make sure it stays in good shape over time. 

The brown from the wood and gray from the concrete gives off a sense of modernity.

As you can see, a concrete patio can be beautiful. You can decorate it however you like. So try taking these ideas and making your concrete patio into the exterior space you’ve always dreamed of!