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Check out these fresh patio ideas to help inspire your design this summer. Image:

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to think about your backyard entertaining options. Your exterior space doesn’t have to be boring. With just a little bit of effort, this area can become your favorite spot in the entire home.

If you need a little inspiration to help you get started, you’re in luck. From pools to outdoor kitchens, we have 14 fresh patio ideas to help inspire your design. By the end of the list, you’ll likely find one that strikes your fancy.

1. Work with your pool

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If you have a pool, consider creating a showstopper by incorporating it into your patio design. Image:

2. Make sure there’s plenty of room for dining

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Don’t forget a dining table for hosting dinner parties. Image:

3. Think about adding a TV

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Adding a TV to the patio makes the space perfect for watching the big game. Image:

4. Bring some shade with a pergola

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If you want a middle ground between indoor and outdoor living, think about adding a pergola. Image:

5. Don’t forget lighting

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It’s important to pay attention to lighting while you’re planning your patio design. Image:

6. Create an outdoor kitchen

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outdoor kitchen

Go big or go home by including a whole outdoor kitchen in your patio setup. Image:

7. If nothing else, include a grill

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Make sure you have a grill so that you’re not stuck in the kitchen preparing a meal while guests socialize outside. Image:

8. Add some warmth with a fireplace

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Including a fireplace will help extend the life of your patio well into the cooler fall weather. Image:

9. Extend the life of your patio with a fire pit

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Building your patio around a fire pit creates the perfect spot to roast s’mores or sit and talk the night away. Image:

10. Keep cool with a fan

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Ceiling fans are a must for those who like to keep cool all year round. Image:

11. Break it up into different seating areas

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Think about adding several distinct seating areas so that you can easily entertain large groups. Image:

12. Pay attention to your chair arrangements

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Try arranging chairs in a circle to facilitate long evenings filled with conversation. Image:

13. Use benches for maximum seating

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Consider comfy benches like these to maximize the amount of seating your patio has to offer. Make sure to include plenty of pillows to keep it comfortable. Image:

14. Don’t forget the bar

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A patio bar gives your guests a built-in place to congregate and saves you from having to run back and forth with drink orders. Image:

Incorporating even one of these patio ideas into your outdoor space will keep your summer gatherings fresh and inviting. Are you inspired by anything on this list? Let us know in the comments!