If you’re trying to find ways to give your patio space a bit of personality, consider adding different types of art. These three ideas should get you started.
Stained Glass – Colour Art
Stained glass is an art form that became popular for creating cathedral windows during the Middle Ages. Famous examples include the Chartres Cathedral in France and the Canterbury Cathedral in England. At the time most people couldn’t read so these elaborate windows used pictures to teach Bible stories.
Incorporate stained glass into your patio design by piecing them into the sides of your pergola or hanging framed stain glass pictures along the side. As the sunlight hits the stained glass it will filter coloured light through the pieces, casting “glass shadows” around the patio. You could also add a table or decorative vases that have stained glass inlays to jazz up that space.
Wind Chimes – Art in Motion
The first evidence of wind chimes was found in ancient Rome. The idea was that the tinkling of the chimes would chase away evil spirits. Rome’s chimes were made of bronze and sometimes incorporated animals or phallic symbols in the design. India and China also developed their own wind chimes, with the similar intent to send evil spirits packing.
Most of today’s wind chimes are made from long tubes, bells or other objects that are suspended from a centrepiece using wire or synthetic lines. The most common materials are metal and wood, and each has a distinctive sound. Artists have also created wind chimes out of everyday objects like seashells, cutlery, old keys and even CD discs. Choose whatever chime strikes your fancy, or better yet, make your own.
Wind chimes work best when placed along the outer edges of your patio. If you find things a bit too windy and you need to tone down the noise level, just move the chime further inside.
Rain Chains – Water Art
Patios are also meant to be enjoyed in the rain, at least the covered variety. Add a bit of Asian charm to your patio with a rain chain, or “kusari doi.” Invented in Japan, rain chains have been used to collect water from temple roofs for centuries. These chains draw water from your roof-line to a waiting vessel or drainage grill. Some are simple chains; others are more elaborate with carvings of flowers, animals, even Zodiac signs. Pot chains are similar but the water flows into tiny cups which tip and pour the water into the cups below.
You will need a gutter on your patio roof for the chains to work properly. One idea is to put a rain chain on the edge of your patio and direct the chain into a colourful ceramic pot or bowl. If your part of the country gets lots of rain you may consider directing the water into a large storage container, like an old oak wine barrel. Now you can enjoy the sight and sound of the water flowing down the chain and collect water for your garden at the same time.
It’s your patio, so use whatever type of art that makes you happy. The possibilities are endless. A patio designer, such as Lifestyle Patios, can help you customise your patio to fit your personality.