Spending time outside when the weather is gorgeous is probably the best thing you can imagine. Having a space in your own house where you can do that makes everything even better. Here are some ways to improve your patio for the best experience.
Have distinct seating areas
In case you have a huge patio, the best course of action would be to make distinct sections with different seating options. That way, you can have a comfy sofa and armchairs for hanging out with friends, a daybed for lazy Sunday afternoons and a dining set for fancy dinner parties. If you have a pool (and even if you don’t), you can include chaise lounges for catching a tan during summer. Plus, you will have enough space for everyone when you throw those huge birthday bashes.
Up the comfort levels
On the other hand, if you don’t have a lot of space, you can have just one of the previously mentioned areas. If that is the case, make sure that the area in question is decorated in a pleasant manner and that it provides enough comfort for everyone. If you only have a patio dining set, put a throw over every chair so that people can cover themselves if the evenings get chilly. When it comes to the sofa, make sure there are soft pillows and blankets. Think about adding some scented candles or incense to elevate the atmosphere.
Add a kitchen or a bar
Once again, depending on the space you have in your yard, you can even add a kitchen. If you have the budget to equip it just as well as your indoor one, you’ll never want to go back inside to cook and bake. This way, you can throw various neighborhood BBQ parties during summer and no one has to go inside if you don’t want them to. A smaller version of this would be to build a bar. It can make you feel as if you went away to a tropical destination and provide you with refreshing drinks.
Provide different lighting options
You might think that you don’t need any lighting seeing as how the patio is outdoors. Think again! You need plenty of lighting and various kinds of it. Get some string lights for cozy, dimly-lit evenings. Some hanging lanterns or mason jars with candles can provide you with a relaxing vibe. To stay safe, install some automatic lights in the far corner of the yard. You don’t want any accidents while enjoying your party.
Make the floor pop
There are some things you don’t even pay attention to that can have a great impact on your mood. One of those things is definitely the floor. You can opt for concrete which comes in many varieties. Tiles, bricks and flagstone are all popular types of flooring materials as well. If you are located in New South Wales, you can easily find contemporary-looking bluestone pavers in Sydney. Whatever you opt for, make sure to seal it so it can last a long time. You can also incorporate rugs that will make the whole space even cozier.
In case you plan on spending the whole day outside, you should think about getting some shade over your patio. In some places, such as Australia, the sun is relentless and you should protect yourself. If your patio does not have a solid roof, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. From shade sails and retractable awnings to building a solid roof, it’s important to find something that suits your needs. Maybe you want to sit outside in the fresh air and avoid the sun altogether during the day but stargaze in the evening. Maybe you want some dappled shade that trees can provide. It’s up to you.
We hope these tips inspired you to make your patio your family’s favorite spot in the house. Enjoy!