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40 Concrete Patio Design Ideas – Elevate Your Backyard Space

Since outdoor living rooms have become the newest and hottest trend, elegant concrete patio ideas are rising in popularity also. A concrete patio is perfect for a timeless look in any backyard and is swiftly taking over the traditional wooden deck look. A low-maintenance concrete patio creates a visual interlude when you have to break up your landscape.

Concrete patios are a rather inexpensive way to boost the value of your home while designing a living space that can be appreciated and enjoyed by family and friends for years to come. There are thousands of different stamp patterns and color options available to choose from, and you can pick a combination that will match well with your home and landscaping.

Patio features concrete pavers lined with black river rocks.
Photo Credit: Urban Grace

Don’t think of a concrete patio as just a big concrete slab because when you start brainstorming patio cover ideas, you will see how quickly your space will transform into a stunning backyard utopia. It becomes an outdoor living haven when situated near a pool deck or under a pergola. Link your patio to the rest of your backyard with walkways for a lounging retreat.

Those pursuing a private alcove on a current patio can recreate a hardscape design or create a fire pit for coziness by transforming the area into a sunken outdoor living room. You can also use the patio as a setup for an outdoor kitchen or a new place to add a gazebo.

Backyard patio features a brown wicker outdoor sectional with white cushions, a round concrete fire pit, and brown wicker chairs under a modern black aluminum pergola.
Photo Credit: 89Oak

Decorating on the Cheap

With a concrete patio, you have a clean slate, allowing you to use your imagination when designing ideas. Secondhand furniture is a great place to start if you’re on a budget. There’s no shame in adorning your outdoor space with previously loved items, and a lot of times, the patio furniture on sites like Facebook Marketplace is bought and never used — making it a steal of a deal.

According to data from Facebook Marketplace, “patio furniture” is one of the top three searches in the last three months. Items like metal tables and chairs are very easy to makeover with elbow grease and spray paint.  You can easily fill your patio spaces with seating for a fraction of the price.

Black wicker lounge chairs sit around a round concrete coffee table placed on a gravel patio.
Photo Credit: Coats Homes

If it’s low maintenance that you are after, know that poured concrete is typically more reasonably priced per square foot than other patio paving options. Concrete resurfacing prices can vary from $3 to $10 per square foot. Placing down concrete slabs is another inexpensive patio design idea since you can customize the size of each piece to suit your needs.

Making a Concrete Patio Look Better

The great thing about any cement material is that it’s a completely blank slate, so when it comes to designing around your concrete patio, you pretty much have free reign. You can start by laying down an oversized outdoor rug that has texture or pattern. This will break up the coldness of a cement pad.

You can also layer the space with planters and natural greenery to break up large areas of concrete. Lighting is another great element that will help to soften the otherwise cold element. You can add large landscape lanterns or in-floor lights for a dramatic glow.

Golden teak chairs are placed on a patio on concrete pavers in front of sliding glass pocket doors that open to a beautifully designed kitchen.

With a little help from designers and decorators, we’ve gathered 40 of the finest concrete patio ideas, so you can enjoy a perfect outdoor space all year long.

Simple and Sweet

Anything other than a simple, sweet concrete patio in this space would be too busy. This minimalistic style and design allow the stunning light blue doors to take center stage, and this straightforward patio complements it all.

Patio features concrete pavers with grass trim and green blue doors.
Photo Credit: JLV Creative

Easy Concrete Pavers

For an easy and effortless look, concrete pavers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. They can be placed on top of a bed of packed sand. If you don’t like the idea of weeds growing between spaces, pavers can be butted together for a smooth, unbroken surface. If you opt for the more customary method of leaving spaces between pavers, this means you’ll buy fewer pavers; they can be filled with pea gravel, pebbles, or a tight, low-growing ground cover.

Patio features large concrete pavers with grass trim, a concrete rectangular fire pit, a gray outdoor sofa with gray cushions and a wooden privacy fence.
Photo Credit: The Workroom

Concrete on the Beach

This concrete patio looks out onto the most stunning beach view and totally encompasses a modern Maimi nautical look. Perfect for any beachfront home.

Beachfront outdoor patio features teak slatted outdoor sofas with a concrete fire pit on pavers finished with a glass enclosure.
Photo Credit: Garden Studio Design
An l-shaped concrete sofa with gray cushions sits at a gray fire pit on a beach cottage patio finished with a teak slatted top dining set and ivory outdoor umbrella.
Photo Credit: Brooke Wagner Design

Sunk In Patio

Creating a sunk-in patio space allows for different heights and dimensions to a backyard oasis. This gives you room to play with space and create different areas in your yard for many different design elements and functions.

The bright pops of color on the patio furniture also break up the coldness of the cement and allow for some fun and personality.

Cottage outdoor patio space furnished with a teak outdoor sectional accented with blue and orange accent pillows. A rectangular concrete fire pit brings guests together with teak furnishings surrounding it. Finish a patio with concrete surface delivering a modern, simple template for your furnishings and decor.
Photo Credit: AGK Design Studio

Rustic Backyard Charm

This country-style farmhouse patio features a teak outdoor sofa with navy blue cushions and a round concrete pedestal coffee table set on top of a rustic style concrete design. This space perfectly completes the full rustic backyard look.

Country style farmhouse patio features a teak outdoor sofa with navy blue cushions and a round concrete pedestal coffee table.
Photo Credit: Mrs Paranjape

Concrete Furniture

Why stop at just a concrete patio? A built-in l-shaped concrete sofa fills this patio space and matches a concrete firepit.  The gray rope chairs surround a concrete and metal dining table making this patio space a concrete haven.

A built-in l-shaped concrete sofa sits in a backyard at a concrete firepit, while gray rope chairs surround a concrete and metal dining table positioned on concrete pavers.
Photo Credit: The Workroom

Open to the Home

Concrete pavers bring a modern finish to this patio design complementing the neutral finishings. In this bright and open space, one could really relax and get cozy. The fact that the concrete patio is just off a large opening in the home makes this space inviting and unique.

Gray wicker patio chairs facing each other finished with a rectangular concrete coffee table in the center for a symmetrical design. Concrete pavers bring a modern finish to the patio design complementing the neutral finishings.
Photo Credit: Patterson Custom Homes

Outdoor Dining Space

A covered patio with cream pavers makes for a warm and inviting outdoor dining space. The interlocking pavers create a unique and eye-catching design that blends nicely with the flow of the patio.

Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs surround a concrete dining table fitted on a covered patio to cream pavers.
Photo Credit: Lucy and Company

Modern Concrete Patio

These concrete pavers are framed by black river rocks for a modern and contrasting look giving this contemporary space a zen-like vibe. This dining space is perfect for entertaining and hosting outdoor gatherings. Anyone would be happy to relax in this space.

Restoration Hardware Capri Teak Armchairs sit at a gray outdoor dining table placed on concrete pavers framed by black river rocks.
Photo Credit: Jenn Feldman Designs

 A Perfect Hang-out Space

A hidden tv is concealed in this outdoor patio with black cabinet doors. The patio is furnished with simplicity yet stylish appeal. A round concrete fire is surrounded by black and white outdoor chairs and a black and white accent table, making this space modern and a spot where you would want to spend your evenings.

Hidden tv concealed in an outdoor patio with black cabinet doors. The patio is furnished with simplicity yet stylish appeal. A round concrete fire is surrounded by black and white outdoor chairs and a black and white accent table.
Photo Credit: Waterleaf Interiors

Spacious and Exquisite

This spacious covered patio, complete with an outdoor kitchen and television, would make it hard to believe that you are even outside. It’s white, bright, and airy, making it a place you could hang out all summer.

White French bistro stools at a concrete top island are featured in a Spacious covered patio with a white brick outdoor kitchen and custom pizza oven.
Photo Credit: Geoff Chick

One with Nature

This relaxing space is certainly one with nature and exudes a spot in which one would feel comfortable. Surrounded by rich greenery, this country concrete patio is enough to put anyone at ease.

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Photo Credit: Mrs Parajape

Life in the “Hollywood Hills”

Slate pavers were chosen for this concrete patio, and they are sleek and elegant — a perfect complement to the modern director’s chair, making this patio look like a Hollywood villa.

Ivory directors chairs sit on slate pavers around a concrete top patio dining table.
Photo Credit: Paige Pierce Design

Toss Down a Rug

Concrete certainly has its advantages of being durable and creating a sophisticated setup for a patio. However, adding a bit more color or decoration to the standard gray material makes sense. Add a large outdoor rug to the dining area for some texture and style. The smooth concrete doesn’t create any undesirable bumps or issues, and the rug adds a nice blast of color without adding paint or other more expensive options.

Covered patio dining space features a white trestle dining table fitted with a teak plank top and surrounded by 1006 Navy Chairs placed on a concrete floor covered in a blue rug. Blue outdoor kitchen cabinets are accented with polished nickel hardware and finished with a sink with a polished nickel gooseneck faucet and a stainless steel BBQ fitted beneath a stainless steel range hood.
Photo Credit: Mel Bean Interiors

The outdoor living space on the same concrete is adjacent to this stunning dining area. A white slipcovered sofa accented with blue palm print pillows adds more color to warm up the cold concrete.

A white slipcovered sofa accented with blue palm print pillows sits on the concrete floor of a covered patio between blue twist stool end tables.
Photo Credit: Mel Bean Interiors

Four reasons to pick concrete for your patio:

To create an outdoor entertaining space

Concrete patios can serve as a gathering zone for lounging and entertaining, but they also allow homeowners to seamlessly integrate interior and exterior living spaces. They are the ideal decorative flooring surface for outdoor kitchens and living rooms, complete with cozy seating areas, fireplaces, and even televisions.

Add a ceiling heat lamp to a covered patio for added comfort on a large patio furnished with teak sofas and a concrete coffee table. A wall mount tv is displayed over a white stone fireplace bringing entertainment to an outdoor escape.
Photo Credit: Blackband Design

You can customize with color and pattern

You might not think it, but a concrete patio actually offers endless design options. Concrete patios can be color-coordinated to match a home’s exterior or landscape when improved by stains and integral colors. They can also be stamped or engraved in patterns that imitate other popular paving materials, such as brick, flagstone, slate, and tile.

An outdoor kitchen fitted with a light gray concrete countertop is positioned to the side of sliding glass doors and in front of a round wood dining table seating Candelabra Home Loom Dining Chairs.
Photo Credit: Kelly Nutt Design

You can save money without surrendering style

As an investment, concrete patios typically cost less than patios made of brick or natural stone because they are less labor-intensive to install. The lower price tag combined with the wide array of patterns and colors available makes concrete an economical choice for most budgets. Plus, concrete is easily formed into any shape to accommodate backyard space restrictions.

Slate patio paver floors showcasing a concrete dining table in front of a cottage. White frame cottage patio displays neutral furnishings under a vaulted ceiling.
Photo Credit: Change & co.

Concrete is a durable and low-maintenance surface

Elevating your backyard with a cosmetic concrete patio is also an investment that will supply many years of delight while enhancing the look of your backyard or landscape. Concrete is effortless to maintain and can withstand the harshest weather conditions. Unlike wood, concrete won’t warp, rot or demand periodic staining.

Patio features an outdoor built in sofa adorned with blue and gray cushions and a rectangular concrete fire pit with tolix stools.
Photo Credit: Mindy Gayer

Pros & Cons of a Concrete Patio

Decades ago, most patios were actually made of hard materials like concrete, brick, or stone until wood decks became trendy. Presently, many homeowners who opted for wood decks now need to replace them because of rotting or warped wood or because they are just fed up with the annoyance of staining and sealing them every few years. Patios made of concrete or concrete pavers are making a major comeback as homeowners now recognize all the benefits they were overlooking when installing wood or wood-composite decking.

Light gray chairs at an outdoor x base concrete top dining table illuminated by a polished nickel lantern. This outdoor patio is completed with charcoal gray floor tiles, white stone walls, and a white plank ceiling.
Photo Credit: O’Hara Interiors

Here are some of the motivations as to why people are opting for concrete again:

Durability

Concrete is highly durable and can stand up to a broad range of weather conditions found across North America. In fact, numerous concrete contractors in chillier climates take particular measures to guarantee the durability of the concrete patios they install.

Under a pergola fitted with columns, a rectangular concrete fire pit sits between a brown teak sofa with white cushions and brown teak chairs. The space is completed with gray stripe cube stools.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Brooke Design

Durability and adaptability are the essential qualities that make a concrete patio so desirable, and elevating your outdoor space with a well-crafted concrete patio is more than just an investment but a lifetime’s worth of luxury enjoyment. No matter the weather or terrain, a concrete patio is sure to give you years of dining, lounging, and backyard entertaining with minimal upkeep.

Versatility

In addition to durability, versatility is another reason why people are making the switch from wood. Thanks to the design versatility of concrete, your patio will never look like anyone else’s on the block. With current advancements in coloring methods and stamping tools, patios made of poured-in-place concrete are more adaptable than ever before.

Hung from a beadboard patio ceiling, a wood and rope hanging sofa is positioned beside a concrete end table.
Photo Credit: Change & co.

Concrete is efficiently formed into any shape, allowing you to accommodate backyard space limitations or include gorgeous curves. With the use of stains and other coloring techniques, you can also complete just about any hue possible. Whether you want to match the stone facade of your house or blend in with the natural landscape, the possibilities are endless.

Transitional outdoor patio featuring a white built-in outdoor sofa with gray upholstered cushion and rattan counter stools. Red brick herringbone pattern pavers finish the surface with a timeless rustic appeal.
Photo Credit: Mindy Gayer

You can also choose from a vast array of pattern and design choices, including stamped patterns, stenciling, engraving, exposed aggregate, and more. While many concrete patios are created to complement the outdoor landscape, some designers choose a concrete patio style that complements the indoor living space to create a surface that integrates seamlessly with the interior decor. Concrete can also be made to resemble other favored patio materials, including brick, natural stone, and even wood.

Outdoor patio designed with a concrete dining table and black woven chairs atop large concrete pavers. This rustic outdoor space features cobblestone surroundings and distressed wood doors for a charming outdoor escape.
Photo Credit: Fletcher Rhodes

Easy Maintenance

Concrete is easier to maintain, hands down. When compared with wood, a concrete patio saves you the labor of staining and resealing year after year, and it’s invulnerable to termite infestation, wood rot, and splintering.

Not all concrete is created equally, though. A solid slab of concrete will be the easiest to maintain as there are no grouts or spacing for weeds to get through. However, paver stones and slabs are still more easily maintained than wood.

A recycled glass discs chandelier hangs from a white wood plank patio ceiling over a concrete dining table surrounded by brown wicker dining chairs.
Photo Credit: Flinn Designs

Environmentally Friendly

Installing a concrete patio instead of a wood deck or patio saves lumber and eliminates the need for routine maintenance with solvent-based wood stains and sealers, making concrete a more environmentally friendly choice.

Folding glass doors open to a patio fitted with concrete patio steps leading to wicker loungers placed facing a red brick fireplace.
Photo Credit: Denise Maloney

Better Value

Concrete can be engraved, stamped, textured, or stenciled to resemble more expensive stone or brick pavers, and usually at a fraction of the cost, particularly when you factor in the labor savings. The aesthetic charm and durability of decorative concrete will also increase the resale value of your home.

A concrete fire pit warms a black rope sofa and black rope chairs accented with black cushions topped with blue pillows and shaded by a gray outdoor umbrella.
Photo Credit: Morgan Harrison Home

It’s safe to say that, yes, concrete is a great patio material, but it can also be used to maximize your complete backyard space. You can use concrete to create destinations in the garden and combine them with welcoming pathways. Use focal points, seat walls, fountains, ponds, arbors, fireplaces, fire pits, and fragrant plantings to form interest at various locations and draw guests into the yard.

Transitional outdoor patio furnished with a natural woven dining set and a backyard kitchen with a concrete countertop.
Photo Credit: Garden Studio Design

Small Concrete Patio Ideas

It’s perfectly understood that not everyone has the freedom to create a backyard that looks like it’s swiped from a magazine page. Pouring concrete can be a pleasing and inexpensive option if you only have a small area to create an outdoor living space.

One of the remarkable things about a concrete patio is that you can pour one just about anywhere in your yard, even if you have steep grades. Small concrete patios can be an incredible way to make use of otherwise empty or uncomfortable spaces. Take a look at these inspiration images to get an idea of how you can make a small patio work in a small yard:

French doors open to a patio boasting concrete cube accent tables placed on a gray diamond pattern rug covering gray tiles. Teak and rope chairs flank a teak sofa positioned in front of a shiplap and frosted glass wall.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Brooke Design
Beautifully appointed patio features a white brick fire pit placed between a white brick sofa topped with gray striped cushions and side-by-side teak lounge chairs.
Photo Credit: Brooke Wagner Design

Related: Patio Design Ideas for When You’re Working With a Small Space

Sunken patio is filled with a concrete bench lined with white outdoor cushions and gray striped outdoor pillows faces a concrete bowl fire pit surrounded by black river rocks.
Photo Credit: Disc Interiors
Gray and tan striped outdoor rug with a concrete table centered between wrought iron sofa and chairs. A truss patio ceiling displays nautical industrial styled lights over a well-designed patio display.
Photo Credit: Change & co

Concrete Around the Pool

 A backyard deck and pool are meant for barbeques, parties, and family hangouts. Plunging into a pool is a great way to cool off and keep the party going when the sun’s beating down. By creating a backyard pool and concrete patio area, you and your visitors will be able to enjoy the perfect summer oasis.
Beside an in ground swimming pool lined with concrete pavers, Restoration Hardware Aegean Teak Chairs sit on a concrete floor at a slim white coffee table accented with a black end table.
Photo Credit: Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Covered Patio Ideas

If you want to get the most out of your concrete patio, adding some covering is a great idea. Providing some sanctuary from the sun and other elements creates a shady space to hang out under, and you can enjoy your patio year-round and in almost any weather condition.

Gazebos and covered porches will cover your outdoor living space and protect it from most elements. They can be costly to build, but they’re ideal if you’re trying to create an outdoor space with living room qualities.

A vaulted rustic wood plank covered patio ceiling holds a ceiling fan over a long metal and wood dining table surrounded by black chevron dining chairs.
Photo Credit: Marie Flanigan
Cottage covered patio features a blue wooden bench under a blue plank ceiling matching window frames and doors.
Photo Credit: Urban Grace Interiors

Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ

Is a concrete patio a good idea?

Concrete is the most popular patio material. With many decorative finishes, concrete patios tempt homeowners who want an outdoor surface with unlimited design potential. When compared to wood decks, pavers and natural stone, a concrete patio is also more durable and requires less maintenance.

What concrete mix is best for a patio?

The best concrete mix for a patio is 3500 psi concrete poured 4-6 inches thick. Add additional support like fiber, rebar, or wire mesh if you need more strength. The aggregate stone should be less than 1 inch. With a concrete mix like this, your patio will be very strong and easy to work with.

Which concrete mix is used for a patio?

There’s no such thing as a concrete mix that’s just for patios. Concrete is a mixture of sand, aggregate stone, and cement. Varying these ratios produces different types and strength concrete. But it’s still just concrete.

What is the cheapest option for a patio?

Poured or stamped concrete is one of the cheapest options for a patio. Concrete is one of the most popular patio materials and the cheapest material you can use to build a hard-surface patio. Concrete is made of aggregates and paste—concrete aggregates can be crushed stone, sand, gravel, or even shells; the paste is made up of water and cement.

How long does concrete patio last?

If properly maintained, concrete can last upwards of 30 years. Like a wood deck, it is ideal to power wash and keep your concrete patio clean.

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