Just like any other room around your home, your patio is an integral part of your living space that should not be an afterthought. With a little tender loving care, it can quickly be transformed into a beautiful and inviting lounging area that reflects your personal style. With so many decor ideas and furnishing options available, many homeowners are enhancing their outdoor living space with furniture, trendy fabrics and upholstery, decorative accessories, dreamy lighting and greenery.
Give your patio a little pick-me-up by adding any one of these seven ideas. From furniture to lighting and decorative accents, we’ve got you covered to create that picture-perfect outdoor space.
1- Outdoor furniture
The most basic yet fundamental way to dress up your patio is to add outdoor furniture; No outdoor space can be functional without a sofa, comfortable chairs and a table to accommodate friends, guests and loved ones.
Remember to never compromise the quality and comfort of your outdoor furniture for style. If a patio set is not durable or comfortable to lounge in, it will go unused. It’s no fun sitting on cracked wicker furniture with a cushion that sinks in the middle, is it?
Depending on your taste, you can choose from a variety of sturdy, durable and weatherproof materials that will not rust or require seasonal storage such as metal, aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic, vinyl or synthetic wicker. If you’re looking to create a perfectly-balanced landscape, opt for outdoor furniture and accessories that blend harmoniously with your interior decor. You can add a flair of originality by combining different styles of furniture and materials for an eye-catching look. There is no shortage of ideas - decorating possibilities are endless!
2- Fabrics and accessories
There’s no better way to showcase your personal style than with outdoor upholstery, fabrics and accessories. With so many options to choose from, you can give your patio a customized feel to create your own little oasis. Decorative pieces will bring a whimsical flair by adding depth, texture and focal accents to your outdoor space.
When outfitting your patio, make sure your outdoor furniture offers customizable fabrics, styles and patterns, so you can match the color scheme of your pillows, curtains and drapes. Don't be afraid to combine different colors and patterns to add a unique flair. Our custom canvases and fabrics allow you to choose from an assortment of fabric colors, textures and patterns.
3- Outdoor awning
When it’s hot, sunny or rainy outside, staying outdoors can become unpleasant if your deck or patio isn't located in the shade, or if it’s not shielded with an outdoor awning to protect you from weather inclements. To ensure you maximize your time spent outdoors - good weather or bad - investing in a retractable awning is a viable, long-term option.
An awning is to a patio what a rug is to a living room: a key element that unifies and frames your outdoor space. In addition to functionality, an outdoor awning will help you create a more intimate and welcoming patio setting, turning it into an ultra-cozy secluded space that’s ideal for get-togethers and outdoor dining.
Frame your space with a retractable pergola or pergolina. Both are very easy to maintain and will fit anywhere on your property, especially if you have a smaller patio. In addition, they can also be surrounded with optional mosquito nets or sided drapes to create the perfect backdrop and for added privacy and personalization.
4- Outdoor Kitchens
As we all know, food and dining are the basis of entertaining - and outdoor spaces that are set up for these kinds of occasions are ideal! From family get-togethers to lavish dinner parties, take cooking to exhilarating new heights doing it al fresco. Give new life to your summer backyard barbecues by turning your patio into a big open-air kitchen. Take full advantage of your spacious outdoor space by adding your BBQ, a built-in cooking space or kitchenette and a central dining table for a gathering space that will be the talk of the town! And while you’re at it, why not install a pass-through window for easy access from indoors to outdoors.
Feeling ambitious? Build your own outdoor kitchen space by stacking stones or wood structures to create your own grill and BBQ station, and create a bar using a basic shelf and brackets to display glasses and dishes.
To extend the use of your patio beyond summertime, why not benefit from a touch of warmth - whether it’s a patio heater or an outdoor fireplace, so you can kick back and relax on the patio when cooler weather sets in, from early spring to late fall.
Heat radiators are ideal for patios, pool edges, barbecues, gazebos, garages whenever it gets cooler. Electric infrared heat is remarkably efficient and inexpensive.
6- Plants and greenery
There’s no such thing as having too many plants; they are a great way to leaving you feeling zen and relaxed. There are lots of ways you can incorporate greenery into your terrace: add an exotic flair with tropical plants and flowers strategically placed on your dining table and outer corners of your patio. Select a variety of different heights and leaf sizes and group them together for a lush rainforest look.
If you have a small patio, suspend plants on a trellis or use climbing vines to cover walls and provide a splash of green where trees are not an option.
Last but not least, another great way to cozy up your patio is by adding outdoor light fixtures to light up those beautiful evenings. Wrap string lights around poles or beams of your awning, integrate suspended lights, or hang a chandelier from the porch roof. If you’re looking for something simpler, use ground-level path lighting.
Whether you use candles, lanterns, chandeliers or string lights to complete your awning, lighting can instantly transform the look of your patio and add a touch of romance.
For all the unique yet simple ways you can customize your outdoor space, the basics behind each one are surprisingly simple. Incorporating one or all of the ideas listed above will promise a long season of laid-back outdoor living.