With a little TLC, a backyard patio can easily become an extension of your home. Today’s Transitions has some easy tips to get your patio looking its best for late summer and fall.
Add a Rug
Adding a rug can help define the area and enhance the overall look. Be sure to choose a weather-resistant rug that will withstand the elements. Tip: When laying the rug, anchor the front legs of the chair or sectional over the rug to make the space appear larger.
Change Out Cushions
Want a new look? Add new cushions or pillows. Choosing cushions with a bold print or bright color can really make a statement without breaking the bank. For added style and comfort, consider adding a few accent pillows.
Get in Touch With Nature
Adding greenery to your patio will give the space a more natural feel, offering the soothing benefits of nature from your own backyard. For a more organic look, use both ground containers and hanging baskets to create the perfect outdoor oasis to unwind.
Add Mood Lighting
Lights can help brighten up your patio so those afternoon get-togethers can easily fade into late summer nights. Adding lights to a pergola, fence, or any other hardscape structure will dial up the ambience, giving your outdoor space a soft, cozy feel.
Invest in a Dining Table
Sharing a meal with friends and family is great, but dining al fresco is even better. Investing in a quality dining table will add a whole new dimension to your patio. When choosing a table, be sure to consider the size of the area and how many seats you want at the table. For smaller areas, a bistro set is ideal; for larger areas, go big with a rectangle or round table.
Keep it Cool
Adequate shade is vital to provide relief from the summer heat. Depending on your patio design, umbrellas, shade sails, and awnings are all good options for providing shade. Adding a cover to an existing structure, such as a pergola, can be a quick way to shade your patio. In addition, installing an overhead fan or strategically placing a portable fan is an easy way to cool the area.
Brighten with Color
Adding color is like putting a beautiful bow on your outdoor oasis. Pops of color with bright containers and flowers will create mini-focal points throughout the space. Wall art also adds visual interest and is a great way to add instant style.
By Lindsay McDonald
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