You’ve seen gorgeous outdoor living areas on TV. But your dream patio doesn’t have to stay a dream. Whether you want to start big or small, you can build a space you love.
Create your backyard oasis and enjoy it this year. Consider these five ways to make your patio more inviting and beautiful.
1. Arrange Comfortable Furniture
Invite your guests to sit back and relax on comfortable furniture. Think about your entertainment needs and choose furniture that doesn’t crowd the area.
If you prioritize outdoor dining, opt for a dining set. If you enjoy lounging, choose an outdoor sofa and loveseat with a coffee table. No matter your preference, get comfortable furniture with weather-resistant fabric that can withstand the elements and look great.
2. Layer Multiple Types of Lighting
Having multiple sources and types of lighting adds depth to your space. Having several lighting options means you can customize your patio’s look based on the occasion or season. Whether you’re entertaining on your patio during a balmy summer or enjoying your outdoor living space during a cold season, lighting makes people feel welcomed and comfortable.
Place different types of lights around your patio. For example, you can decorate your patio with warm string lights or light an edge of your patio with solar-powered lights staked into the ground. For cozy gatherings, nothing beats flickering candlelight. Place candles throughout the space to spread cheer.
3. Add Some Greenery
Plants add color and vibrancy to your patio. You can use plants to fill bare areas or make your space more dynamic. With potted plants, you can bring natural color to your patio wherever you live.
For example, you can hang baskets of flowers for vertical charm. If you have the floor space, consider filling large planters with clusters of different plants for eye-popping flora. Or decorate a wall with a trellis of growing plants or a mini herb garden. Whatever you choose, greenery will make your patio more inviting and beautiful.
4. Consider Throw Pillows and a Rug
Adding throw pillows can help your guests get more comfortable. They’re also easy to swap out for different patterns or colors if you want to refresh your decor. These small and affordable additions are great ways to make your patio more inviting and beautiful.
An outdoor rug provides style and comfort. A rug can also make your patio feel more finished, coordinating different areas. And if you want your patio to have a theme, such as a beach theme, a rug is an easy way to anchor the look.
5. Keep It Clean and Bright
One of the best ways to make your patio more inviting is to keep it clean. Sweep or hose the patio off regularly. You can use a lightweight power washer on the gentlest setting to blast away caked-on dirt.
Wipe down surfaces such as tabletops and chairs. Generally, you can gently blot stains with a cloth and warm, soapy water, but clean your furniture’s fabric as specified by the manufacturer.
If you have a covered patio, be sure to remove dust and cobwebs from the ceiling regularly. All of these steps will keep your patio in the best condition for relaxing and entertaining.