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 outside. 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 great pieces – there are many options available at local home supply stores.
Hang twinkling string lights or lanterns.
Although this trend has been around for a while, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, and it’s very easy to see why. Twinkling lights are a very easy way to make your patio feel cozy and add 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 really creative, you can also make your own 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. This is a great place to put colorful, vibrant plants that might not grow as effectively in your yard, because 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 on 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 more cozy 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 come install both of these things, but if you have a knack for DIY, you can also build your own fire pit in your yard.
Add a porch swing.
The concept of a porch swing is something that will never become outdated. It’s perfectly 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, because they have a novelty factor that kids will love, but they also are a very romantic and relaxing place for adults to relax. To make it even more comfortable, add the pillows and blankets mentioned earlier.
When decorating your patio, simple and efficient tends to be the most effective strategy to go for. 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. You also don’t need to spend too much money to have a great patio – there are so many decor elements that you can make on your own.