Terraces and patios are great spots to relax and unwind with family and friends during warmer months. And just like any room around your home, they also deserve some tender loving care! Rev up your patio this summer and turn it into your sweet escape with these 6 simple decorating and landscaping ideas. From furniture to lighting and finishing touches, we’ve got you covered to create a picture-perfect terrace that will draw you in the moment you head home.
1- Add Some Stylish and Weatherproof Furniture
By adding simple outdoor furnishing pieces such as a sofa, rocking chairs and a coffee table, you can create a welcoming lounging area to easily accommodate your guests. If you have a smaller patio, consider purchasing folding chairs and a foldable table so as not to clutter your space.
If you want to create a serene and beautifully balanced landscape, choose outdoor furniture and accessories that blend harmoniously with your interior decor and match your personal style, whether it’s rustic, country, modern or vintage. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add a splash of color by painting your furniture in vibrant shades.
Choose from a variety of durable and weatherproof materials such as metal, aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic, vinyl or synthetic wicker that will not rust or require seasonal storage, with canvases and fabric that resist fading and discoloration.
Some garden furniture options also include a two-in-one solution: both a sun shelter with retractable roof and integrated garden furniture.
2- Accessorize with Textures And Fabrics
Adding textures, colors and patterns will give your patio a little depth. Toss in some patterned pillows and throws for a dynamic look, an area rug to liven up your flooring, and include ottomans and floor pillows for extra seating space. Opt for a matching color scheme to make your patio decor serene and beautifully balanced.
Paired with some comfortable wicker furniture, drapes and privacy panels can add a little soft and romantic flair and turn your patio into an inviting and cozy gathering place. Hang the drapes over your pillars, around the beams of your outdoor awning or pergola for added privacy and customization.
3- Green Up Your Space!
Plants will breathe life into your concrete or gravel patio. There are lots of ways you can incorporate greenery into your terrace and turn your patio from blah to blooming. Add an exotic flair with tropical plants, cacti and flowers placed on tables or outer corners to frame your patio. Select a variety of different heights and leaf sizes and bunch them together for a lush rain-forest look.
If you have a small patio, you can create a vertical garden by suspending potted plants on a sturdy trellis or use climbing vines to cover walls and provide greenery where trees are not an option.
4- Perk It Up with Pavers
A great option for upgrading a patio is to amp up your flooring. Concrete pavers are moderately priced and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Wood and stone are also superb to create an industrial look. They are also superb to create a contrasting effect, whether it’s on the floor, in your potters or a homemade bench on your terrace. For a timeless look, opt for clay pavers on your patio.
Lastly, if you don’t want the hassle of maintenance and upkeep but still want to create a wood-like appearance, composite deck tiles are a great option - no sanding, painting or staining involved. Easy to install, eco-friendly and rust-proof, they're a tried-and-true choice, thanks to their durability and superior color retention.
5- Frame it with an Outdoor Awning
If you’re looking to create a more intimate and welcoming patio setting, opting for an outdoor awning or pergola is a great option. You can turn your patio into an ultra-cozy secluded oasis, making it an ideal spot for get-togethers or an outdoor dining area.
The pergola can also be surrounded with optional mosquito nets or sided drapes for added privacy and personnalisation. A retractable pergola or pergolina are very easy to maintain and can fit anywhere on your property, especially if you have a smaller patio or balcony.
6- Light it up!
A great way to turn your terrace into an inviting lounging retreat is by adding outdoor light fixtures to illuminate those beautiful summer evenings. Whether you use candles, lanterns, chandeliers or string lights, lighting can instantly transform the look of your patio and add a touch of warmth without breaking your bank.
For example, you could group various sizes of pillar candles on tables, on the floor or hanging down from the ceiling for a romantic glow overhead. You could also wrap string lights around poles or beams of your pergola for that added touch of romance.
You can easily create an intimate, charming atmosphere and add a personal spin to your patio by incorporating one or a combination of these ideas. We guarantee that you’ll want to spend more time outside this summer!