Best Ways to Develop Your Patio

By | February 3, 2016

A patio makeover is something every homeowner desires. But if you are not an architect or designer, that kind of project can be difficult to conceptualize. However, don’t fret because we’re here to help you out. In warm weather, an outdoor space like a patio is a great place to be in, like when you invite family and friends out to have some snacks, a cup of coffee, or perhaps some barbecue.

If you want to know how to give your patio that comfortable yet trendy atmosphere, then you should continue reading.

In an article titled “10 Easy Ways to Make Over Your Patio,” from Reader’s Digest, the first three most important improvements you can do in your patio are to add light, put in some color, and do a face lift of the furniture.

1. Give your furniture a face lift: Make old outdoor furniture look new with spray paint, which comes in many colors and finishes for just about every type of surface. If you need new furniture, choose durable materials that can withstand moisture and intense sunlight. Teak, cypress, and wrought iron are all good options.

2. Add colorful fabrics: Patterned pillows and bright cushions give outdoor space a more dynamic look, and ottomans and floor pillows provide extra seating. A colorful, weather-resistant outdoor rug will liven up your patio and create a visual center, while a large umbrella adds shade and brings color overhead.

3. Let there be light: Add nighttime ambience with outdoor lighting. Group lanterns or hurricane lamps together to brighten up a dark corner, or string lanterns from one side of the patio to the other. To help protect the environment, choose solar products or low-voltage, energy-efficient bulbs.

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It’s really up to you how you want to combine colors and light in your patio. The key is to be able to liven it up and add some bit of dynamic look. You’ll realize later on that you actually don’t have to spend a lot of money to improve the space.

Below are pretty good examples of how colors and lighting are combined to give the patio that elegant look:

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Flowers can also add some color and freshness.

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Furthermore, you also must look into upgrading more using distinctive features. Take for instance these tips from StyleMotivation.com:

Include a Container Garden

This is a great way to liven up your patio. Place several flowerpots in a variety of sizes together on the patio. The flowers will make the space seem lusher. Include flowers with different shades, textures, and leaf sizes. You can also plant some herbs to use in your meals and turn your garden into a culinary masterpiece.

Create an Entrance

You can make your patio more inviting by creating a beautiful and inviting entrance. The entrance can be a metal gate or arch or charming wooden trellis gate. Picket fencing can also work well for a patio entrance. If you choose to use a picket fence, it can either be linked to your house or stand alone in the yard. Make sure the entrance you create blends well into the landscape and plant flowers by the side of it to create a lovely inviting welcome for any guests you entertain.

Provide a View

A great view provides a focal point on your patio. This helps to add some sophistication and elegance to the space. The view should be stunning. One of the best ways to do this is by designing a formal garden to give you an impressive backdrop. You can also consider adding a fountain. Use a variety of fragrant flowers to create sensory appeal on your patio. Another option is to plant a small tree that will provide an additional interest and shade for the space.

Use Artistic Elements

Outdoor art can make your patio seem more appealing. A striking wrought-iron gate is a great artistic piece for a patio. You can also install some mosaic tilework if you have a fountain on your patio. Good paving can make any space look classy and well designed to choose your tiling well.

A patio should be an addition to your home. You can make the space comfortable by including some of the elements available in your living room such as the right furniture and tables to ensure your guests are comfortable. Then look for elements that add personality and make the patio welcoming. It should be a space where you can spend several hours. Exploit your creativity when designing your patio. You can choose to do the design on your own or hire a professional designer to do the work. The only limit is your imagination.

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Now you know that making improvements in your patio does not necessarily have to become that costly. The most important factor in succeeding in this kind of do-it-yourself project is bringing out the creativity in you.