30 Concrete Patio Ideas on a Budget

By KRISTIN HOHENADEL
Kristin Hohenadel
30 Concrete Patio Ideas on a Budget
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Lay an Outdoor Rug

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Blanco Bungalow

An affordable outdoor rug will warm up your concrete patio, like this large striped black-and-white rug from Blanco Bungalow that anchors a backyard seating area decorated like an outdoor living room.

 
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Make It Romantic

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Design by Georgia Zikas Design / Photo by Jane Beiles

A couple of comfy lounge chairs, an outdoor pouf, and some extra plants and flowers that echo the landscape give this simple concrete paver patio from Georgia Zikas Design an easy, cozy feel that’s perfect for sharing with the one you love.

 
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Add a Cozy DIY Fire Pit

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Most Lovely Things

Most Lovely Things added a DIY fire pit to warm up the neutral tones of her painted concrete porch. A pegboard on the side of the house to hang up extra throw blankets, simple black seating, and tree stump side tables complete the affordable mixed modern and rustic look.

 
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Paint a DIY Runner

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Thistlewood Farms

Thistlewood Farms added structure to a simple concrete patio with a DIY painted runner. You can paint a DIY doormat or rug as well depending on what best suits your patio layout.

 
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Add Texture

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Emily Henderson Design / Photo by David Tsay

To keep your concrete patio outdoor space from feeling too cold, add textures using outdoor furniture and accessories like the kilim pouf in this space from Emily Henderson Design.

 
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Hang a Chair

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Design by Forge & Bow Dwellings / Christa Tippmann Photography

A black woven hanging chair suspended from the roof of this covered patio from Forge & Bow Dwellings adds a note of boho style, while raw wood planters and a fire pit add warmth to the cool concrete flooring.

 
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Choose an Accent Color

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White Sands

White Sands furnished this concrete rooftop patio with warm wood tones and white textiles, then elevated the whole look with some bright pops of acid yellow on the accessories.

 
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Install a Pop-Up Canopy

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Design and Photo by Ajai Guyot for Emily Henderson Design

This outdoor dining area designed by Ajai Guyot for Emily Henderson Design
is sheltered by a pop-up canopy with tie-back curtains that can be closed completely if desired. A pop-up canopy is an easy solution to shelter a space like this driveway-turned-patio for special occasion entertaining.

 
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Stencil the Floor

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Craftberry Bush

Craftberry Bush dressed up the plain builder-grade cement tile patio of a London backyard by stenciling them with a pretty gray-and-white pattern using an outdoor acrylic paint that doesn’t require a sealer and is waterproof and scuff-resistant, an affordable way to get a patterned cement tile look for less.

 
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Add a Daybed

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Fantastic Frank

This Mediterranean courtyard patio from Fantastic Frank has a built-in daybed nestled against a beautiful stone wall, decorated with simple cushions in neutral fabrics. You can build a simple, affordable DIY daybed from pallet wood.

 
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String Some Lights

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Arbor & Co.

Hanging a row of outdoor Edison bulb LED string lights is a shortcut to making any concrete patio feel warmer and more inviting, like this space from Arbor & Co.

 
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Incorporate Nature

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Design by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Landscaping around existing trees is an earth-friendly way to save money while creating warmth on a concrete patio, like this space designed by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design. A planter with a trellis to train vines along the wood fence adds another natural element to make the space feel inviting.

 
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Zone It Out

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Modern House Vibes

Modern House Vibes used outdoor umbrellas to help define separate dining and sitting areas on this small but functional concrete patio.

 
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Add a Pizza Oven

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Home Consultant

Home Consultant added a gray brick outdoor pizza oven to this concrete paver patio in a Los Angeles backyard, and constructed a pergola to define the adjacent dining area.

 
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Add Rainbow Stripes

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A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess gave this concrete patio a budget-friendly makeover with a DIY rainbow stripe paint job made up of sherbet-colored shades. Feel free to adapt the color palette to suit your setting.

 
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Add Natural Accents

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Fantastic Frank

A live edge dining table, woven seating, a bamboo roof, a wall of plants, and wrap-around curtains soften and warm up this concrete dining patio from Fantastic Frank.

 
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Buy Secondhand

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Dazey Den

If you’ve got a small budget, source a gently used or vintage patio set online. Moving sales are another place to look for quality outdoor furniture at a discount since it’s something people often leave behind when relocating. Dazey Den chose retro seating that adds charm to this small detached Palm Springs patio.

 
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Add Privacy With Plants

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Home Consultant

To add privacy to this driveway turned dining room patio from Home Consultant, a row of planters on the wall helps to block the view of the neighbors while maintaining a friendly feel.

 
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Create a Focal Point

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Arbor & Co.

Arbor & Co. furnished this concrete driveway turned patio outside a Portland vacation home with a cozy seating area and hung a collection of inexpensive decorative woven baskets arranged over the loveseat to create a focal point.

 
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Make It Modern

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Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Margaret Austin Photo

Polished concrete effect tiles make this patio off the kitchen of a Northern California home from Cathie Hong Interiors feel modern and sleek. Paired with a modern dining table and chairs and a contemporary sconce light, it feels minimal and chic, a look that can be as high-end or affordable as you want depending on where you source your furniture.

 
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Install a Canopy Roof

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Blanco Bungalow

Blanco Bungalow added a slanted roof canopy anchored by thin posts that defines this concrete patio from the rest of the outdoor space, ensuring that there’s always a shady place to sit and sip a lemonade on a sweltering day.

 
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Complement With Earth Tones

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Design by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

If your concrete patio is feeling cold, complement your outdoor space by adding warm earth tones to balance things out. On this concrete patio designed by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design, chocolate brown paint on the high privacy walls, wood tones, and apple green chairs add warmth.

 
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Create Shadows

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Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Margaret Austin Photo

A pale wood pergola over the patio and outdoor kitchen of this home from Cathie Hong Interiors adds partial cover from the sun while creating mesmerizing shadows on the concrete floor that change with the light.

 
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Warm It Up With Wood

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Home Consultant

Wood furniture warms up this concrete slab patio from Home Consultant, while rectangular planters help define the space and echo the modern minimalist look of the backyard.

 
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Keep It Minimal

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Kern & Co.

If you find yourself with a spacious patio but your budget for outdoor furniture has run low, keep it simple and minimal like this concrete porch from Kern & Co. This patio is furnished simply with an outdoor area rug and twin love seats facing one another to create a conversation area with plenty of space around it to breathe.

 
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Set Up a Simple Bar

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Design by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Emily Bowser set up a simple outdoor bar station on this concrete patio for Emily Henderson Design that makes it feel inviting and festive.

 
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Paint the Ceiling

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Design by Martha O’Hara Interiors / Photo by Andrea Calo

This Austin bungalow back patio from Martha O’Hara Interiors has a dark-painted ceiling that adds contrast to the cool concrete flooring.

 
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Invest in a Hero Piece

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Design by Forge & Bow Dwellings / Christa Tippmann Photography

One way to keep costs down without sacrificing on style while decorating and furnishing your concrete patio is to choose a hero piece, like the large modern gas-powered fire pit that is the focal point of this outdoor space from Forge & Bow Dwellings. Then you can fill in the rest of the space with affordable pieces to complete the look.

 
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Add a Privacy Screen

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Design by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

On this concrete patio, designed by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design, a tall laser-cut wood privacy screen ensures that you and your crew can relax in comfort.

 
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Paint on an Accent Rug

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A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess brightened up this back patio with a DIY painted concrete accent rug in a bold kilim-style pattern in neon pinks, yellows, and blues that contrast with the gray concrete patio and brown outdoor furnishings.

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