Years ago, outdoor patios were fairly simple. A square arrangement of furniture that you used only in times of good weather, something that you typically only used when you would BBQ and basically never had any style to it. Today, things have dramatically changed as patios have now become an extension of your home and are filled with style and flair, but have new functionality added in.
So, when you want to give an average patio new life, make it inviting and something that people remember, yet you want it to function for your family, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel, you just have to stretch outside the box and bring some of the indoors out.
A quick way to make a total transformation on a covered patio would be to add something to the floor and add lighting. You probably already have some type of lighting in the ceiling, but lamps add great ambiance, especially at night. For example, my patio has two table lamps and a floor lamp all connected to a clicker so that when I start turning on lamps in my home, those automatically go on and immediately make the patio feel as if it is a room in the house. If you add a rug to this area as well, you can anchor the furniture and accompanying pieces and truly give it a warm, inviting appeal. Now that we have lighting and a rug, place your furniture around your focal point. Most likely this is either a fireplace or a TV depending on your type of entertaining. Make it functional and intimate and don’t be afraid to angle things or make multiple seating spaces out of your outdoor patio.
Throw pillows are another great addition to sofa’s on the patio or added to teak benches or chairs to add a little color. There are such huge varieties of outdoor fabrics these days that you can have real fun bringing in colors that you wouldn’t think of inside your home. Patio’s are supposed to represent you and be where you go to stop the daily chaos and relax, so pick what you like.
Another crucial element is to bring some of the indoors out. Have a little side table that has been sitting in a corner, bring it outside and put one of your lamps on it. Candles are great to put on tables, at the foot of benches, or mixed in with planters of greenery. Don’t forget artwork! You can use just about anything you would normally put inside your home. Big plates with pops of color, a mirror that you stumbled across and fell in love with, piece of antique tin, a clock that caught your eye or even a picture of your family in a frame that compliments the style of your outdoor space. Now draw in some of your planters filled with rich green colors and do the same with what you plant in the planters. Mix your styles of plants so that you have something tall in the middle and draping around the edges with varying shades color. You can also throw in some outdoor curtains to frame your space and make it totally unique.
Bottom line is let your imagination run and make your outdoor area something special.