Summertime is synonymous with time spent outdoors and the patio is the perfect place to relax during these months.
In this blog, we’re sharing five ideas you can use to bring your patio to life.
Create an ambiance with lighting
Imagine you’re sitting on your patio. The sun has set for another day and the sky is slowly being cloaked with darkness. At this point, you light a few candles and switch on your bistro lights to illuminate the space.
Sounds wonderful, right?
This year, when designing your outdoor space, leverage various light sources such as string lights, path lighting, lanterns, and candles to create an inviting and relaxing ambiance.
Add a stylish (weatherproof) rug
Placing a rug under the dining table or main seating area can act as the perfect finishing touch that pulls in the overall look and feel of your patio.
Whether you’re trying to achieve a beach, modern, or courtyard look, there’s a rug out there that will perfectly complement your space.
When it comes to rug size, a popular choice is 8×10 because it’s large enough to easily place furniture on with room to breathe.
It’s important to measure your outdoor area to choose the right size and shape that’ll work best for your patio.
We also suggest double-checking to make sure the rug you like is intended for outdoor use because outdoor carpets are made with durable materials that typically make them weather, mildew, mold, and water resistant.
All these factors will protect the integrity of the carpet for years to come.
Accessorize with adornments
If you want to infuse some personality into your patio, add simple yet stylish accessories.
A bar cart, a serving tray with candles at varying heights, and a conversation table, for example, are all viable options.
Not only will these accessories help bring your design vision to life, they’ll also create an added layer of visual interest that makes this space your own.
Whether it’s a natural barrier made from trees, shrubs, or other greenery, or outdoor patio curtains that can be placed on either side of the patio, depending on how close your house is to your neighbors, it’s always a good idea to add a level of privacy to your patio.
If your outdoor space is connected to your house, there’s a chance there are windows in the space. Remember the picture we painted in our first tip? The beauty of those bistro lights would be disrupted if the indoor lights of your home were streaming into your outdoor space.
This is where custom wood shutters would make all the difference. With the ability to close the slats fully or adjust them to your liking, you can control how much or how little light escapes through your windows.
If you want to enjoy a relaxing, interruption-free evening outside, close your custom wood shutters completely to do just that.
Showcase your green thumb
Round out your outdoor space with the addition of luscious greenery and vibrant flowers.
Incorporate planters of various sizes and colors to create a focal point and choose plants that work well with your overall color scheme, too.
If gardening isn’t your “thing,” here’s a list of low-maintenance plants:
- First frost hosta – Great for shady and dry outdoor areas.
- Dianthus – Fragrant and perfect for garden beds or as a potted plant.
- Cousin Itt Acacia – Requires little water or care once it’s matured.
Whether you’re entertaining or enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee in the morning, keep these tips in mind to bring your patio design vision to life.