Here are some lovely pictures of outdoor patios to inspire you:
Bali inspired for a touch of the tropics
A soft romantic setting with gossamer curtains and string lighting
Tuscan inspired with arched doorways and wrought iron furniture
Sitting beneath an arbor , smelling the lilac perfumed air......
Mexico inspired....stucco walls and colorful tableware
A Texas style loggia with Peruvian and Mexican accents
Images courtesy Sunset magazine, Outdoor Living, August 2003