12. Tone it Down
You could build something ornate if you like. However, the trend is towards more minimal furnishings. Keep it simple and toned down, and not too taxing on the eye.
13. Keep it Functional
Even taking all the above ideas into account, your focus should be on a balance between style and function. In fact, this is the real key to great patio design. Spaces that can multitask between cooking, dining, having drinks, and relaxation, while also looking good, will be the most attractive.
14. Darker Colors
Darker colors help to create the illusion of more space. Charcoals and blacks are right on trend at the moment, and will add a modern look. So, why not incorporate this palette choice into your umbrellas as well?