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Patio Decor Ideas

May 21, 2017 | Outdoor Living

With summer approaching quickly, you’ll soon be spending much of your time outside on your back patio. To make your space even more enjoyable, try adding charming decor touches that will accent the natural beauty that’s around you outdoors. Here are some unique ideas that you can use to make your patio the social hub of your house throughout the entire summer.

Add cozy throw blankets and pillows.
These soft and comforting items will make your patio feel much more welcoming throughout the season. A light throw blanket comes in handy during cooler summer nights, and pillows make any piece of outdoor furniture feel a bit more comfortable. Look for items that are very durable and will be more resistant to water and dirt. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get fabulous pieces – there are many options available at local home supply stores.

Hang twinkling string lights or lanterns.
This trend is not going anywhere anytime soon; it’s easy to see why. Twinkling lights are an effortless way to make your patio feel cozy and adds a romantic ambiance, particularly for parties or other gatherings. You can find strings of fairy lights very affordably at many general stores or home stores. You can also find more durable lanterns from many retailers. If you feel like getting creative, you can also make your lanterns from mason jars.

Accent with flowers and plants.
Bring the greenery of the outdoors a little closer to your home by putting potted plants on your patio. A pergola is a great place to put colorful and vibrant plants that ordinarily might not grow as effectively in your yard. Potted plants tend to be a bit more versatile than their landscape counterparts.

Choose flowers that fit with your existing color scheme or that add a pop of color to a neutral room. There are many places you can put your plants – on a table, on the sides of stairs, or a railing, for example.

Install a small outdoor fireplace.
Ideally, your patio should be just as comfortable as your living room, but also have the natural beauty of being outside. One innovative way to make your patio feel cozier is to install a small fireplace. If you want an enclosed gas fireplace, you can install it on the wall of your home so it can connect to your home’s energy sources. You can also choose to install a traditional fire pit and host bonfires, which is always a fun activity for summer nights. You can pay a professional to install both of these things, but if you have a knack for DIY, you can also build a fire pit in your yard.

Add a porch swing.
The concept of a porch swing is something that will never become outdated. It’s utterly charming and is a throwback to traditional old Southern houses, but doesn’t have the stuffiness associated with this style. Porch swings are ideal for families, and they have a novelty factor that kids will love but are also romantic and relaxing place for adults to enjoy. To make it even more comfortable, add the pillows and blankets mentioned earlier.

When decorating your patio, efficient and straightforward tends to be the most effective strategy to achieve. Focus on a few key elements, and then match the rest of your items around them. The result will be a look that’s comfortable and charming, but not overdone. No need to spend too much money to have a great patio – there are so many decorative elements that you can make on your own.

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