This backyard design uses a massive courtyard as its mains social area. The coloring is great because it keeps the space neutral so that the surrounding trees can be the stars. One of the things to keep in mind when designing a courtyard or patio like this, is that you want it to be sheik and comfortable, but at the same time you want it to showcase not itself, but nature. I think it was smart to build a covering on this design because you never know when the weather can change. If you intend to have a social area in your yard like this, then you want to be prepared for rain.