Your patio is an extension of your house, and it’s one of the best opportunities to let your personality shine through.
Here are five ways you can make your patio a unique, welcoming place:
1. Consider the materials
There are two types of materials you need to consider: what your actual patio is or will be made of, and what materials you want for your patio furniture.
If you’re redoing your patio from the ground up, you have an opportunity to make it truly fit your personality. You can choose patio stones for an elegant, graceful look or wood for a more rustic feeling. There are even pavers designed specifically to give your patio the look of cobblestones.
Your furniture should enhance your patio’s overall look, but it also needs to be durable and easy to clean. Some of the most commonly used materials are synthetic wicker, plastic or resin, wood, and aluminum.
2. Add some colour
Colours can be used to evoke a variety of feelings and to make a statement about yourself and your space. And you don’t need a lot—even a few throw pillows and accessories in bright colours can dramatically change the feeling of a space.
One great way to do this is by matching the colours to your garden. You can even get different outdoor sets to match the colours of the changing seasons.
Another great way to add colour is to add some flower baskets to your patio, either small planters hanging along the sides or large potted plants on the ground. Look for flowers that work well with the colour theme you’ve already established.
3. Think about lighting
Most of your patio time might be during the day on weekends, but sooner or later you’re going to want dinner outside. For that you’ll need lights, and this is the perfect opportunity to make your patio stand out.
You can find solar-powered patio lights in almost any shape you can imagine, with flowers and butterflies being some of the most common. There are also many different lantern designs that use tea lights or other candles.
If you want something a little more exciting you can also find dozens of patio fire pits designed to maximize both safety and beauty.
4. Prepare for the elements
Is your patio baking in the sun throughout the hottest parts of the day? Do you have any wind protection? Are the bugs really bad in your area during the summer?
The most basic way to protect yourself is to choose waterproof furniture and buy a patio umbrella, which can serve as protection from both sunlight and rain. If your patio has multiple seating areas you’ll need a separate umbrella for each one.
You may also want to invest in a screened-in area or even turn your entire patio into a covered environment to more thoroughly protect yourself.
5. Enhance your environment with sound
Sound is probably the last thing you think about when designing your patio, but a few ambient sounds can make all the difference in how you feel about your environment.
Consider getting a water fountain or wind chimes to enhance the natural sounds in your backyard. You can also wire your patio up with a stereo system—or even just get a quality portable stereo—if you want to listen to music on your patio. If you choose the stereo route, make sure you have full control over the volume and that it doesn’t overwhelm conversation when you have guests over.
You can also add a bird feeder to your patio or backyard to encourage visitors who will make music of their own.