A patio is so much more than a simple outdoor space to a homeowner. It can easily become a social gathering area for friends, an evening dining room for family, and a quiet nature-filled living space for people to read or relax. Essentially, your patio is an extended living area with ample opportunity. As such, it’s natural that you would want to redecorate it to fit your personal style and needs. Here are five simple tips for redecorating your patio:
1) Choose a Theme
There’s an endless combination of ways you can redecorate your patio. Choosing a theme before you start taking action is a great way to set up a plan and follow its foundation. You might decorate your patio with a floral theme, a modern theme, an industrial theme, or an outdoor garden theme.
Start by making a simple search on Pinterest for ideas. Gather a handful of images that offer inspiration, and use it as a springboard for your own design. Then, once you’ve selected your favorite, search for images similar in aesthetic. Move on to create a color scheme of your own. Use this color scheme generator to create a palette, and stick to it as you go through the motions of choosing your own furniture. For example, if you wanted your outdoor patio furniture to reflect the Spring season, your color palette might include colors like violet, light pink, mint green, yellow, and lavender.
2) Stick to a Budget
As with any renovation or redecoration efforts, a set budget is necessary. It’s easy to get lost in the mix choosing your favorite pieces of furniture and decor; but you’ll quickly realize you’ve run way over your budget if you don’t put a marker in place. Start by creating a wish list of all the items you’d like, based on the theme you’ve chosen. If your wish list includes items that require a landscaping contractor, create a list of local providers and keep track of the different quotes that they offer.
Then, compare online prices to your wish list. If you’re intent on a certain style or product, keep in mind that there are often very similar products offered at cheaper prices online. Play with your prices until you’ve settled on a realistic amount. You can use budgeting apps to help guide you throughout the process.
3) Jazz It Up
Once you’ve got the basics out of the way, you can jazz your patio up with some extra accessories. These additional features will infuse even more personality and make your patio a fun outdoor living space. Here are some ideas to consider:
- Fire pit
- Outdoor grill/cooking area
- Fish pond
- Swing seats
- Bluetooth surround sound system
- Projector setup
- LED umbrellas
Each of these ideas bring something new to the table, and help transform your space into a lifestyle haven. Think about what you most enjoy about the great outdoors, and how you can make it a convenient place for you and your family.
4) Decorate It
After you’ve gotten the bigger basics out of the way, it’s time to throw in some personal style with simple decorations that will pull the whole look together. Your lighting choices, flower pots, and decor all play a crucial role. For example, string lights create ambiance, and indoor-outdoor rugs bring style to a space. You might even add an outdoor mirror and pops of color with throw pillows and throw blankets. What’s most important is that you have fun with your decoration.
5) Infuse It With a Nature
From a psychological standpoint, humans are drawn the natural connection they have with nature. Several studies have demonstrated nature’s ability to help us feel more relaxed, more creative, and even more productive. As you build your patio, not only will you feel this connection, but it will make your patio look even more stunning. Designing an urban garden isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be very complicated, either.
The first thing you’ll want to do is check the soil composition to ensure it can provide a good home to your plants. Of course, soil can always be improved. You may consider hiring a gardener at this stage, if you aren’t much of a horticulture person. You can find inexpensive gardeners on service apps like TaskRabbit. You’ll also need to be sure that your plants have enough room to grow and aren’t restricted by one another. If you want your outdoor garden to be appealing year round, choose plants that work with the seasons, and not against it. Check out this list of plants that are easy to grow on the patio.