Patio season always feels like it’ll never come, yet here we are mid-May and summer is officially on the horizon (albeit during strange times in the world).
Your patio gets a ton of use during this season. Dinner parties start and end here, lazy Sunday mornings spent sipping coffee, or a quick resting spot during a day of yard work. For a few months, the patio is an extension of your house. Below are a few ideas to bring that patio back to life and insert some style and charm. Break out the power washer!
Let’s start from the ground up. Does your deck flooring need some attention? Your budget, the size of the space, and the function of your deck will all come into play when making a decision on what material to use. Check out this article that lays out some of the pros and cons of pressure treated lumber, hardwoods, composite, and aluminum.
Covered decks/pergolas are a great way to extend the living space outside creating a “nook-like” feeling. This one from Wayfair includes a canopy i.e. ultimate napping spot.
Another way to create a sense of enclosure is by adding privacy walls. Varying width wood slats options are a relatively easy weekend DIY project, or opt for something pre-made like these modern screens.
What is a patio without a fire pit? Add the ultimate easy conversation center with a propane one. This sleek and clean rectangular one from Home Depot hits all the marks. Or this modern round one from Amazon or this one from Wayfair.
Consider how you want your patio to function. Space matters if you’re working with a small to mid-sized deck, do you use it more for sharing a meal outside or lounging casually with family and friends. Maybe you can get away with a smaller round table and chairs for dining and two cozy lounge chairs – do NOT forget the ottoman.
This set from Wayfair has sangria with chips & guac written all over it…
We’re diggin’ the mid-modern patio furniture styles like this sectional from Article.
Here’s where a deck becomes an outdoor living room. A successful patio has comfortable seating, mood lighting, lots of textiles in the form of pillows, throw blankets, and area rugs, and of course – greenery.
Cozy throw blankets, plush lumbar pillows, upholstered ottomans, string lights, candles, and greenery – that’s what patio dreams are made of. Look for lots of texture and playful shapes.