If you’re lucky enough to have a patio, you know how great that outdoor “room” is. Patios are perfect for hosting barbeques in the summer months or just relaxing by yourself with a good book. Like any room, you want your patio to reflect the personality of your home as well as serve a practical function. By setting a budget, theme, and brainstorming some unique ideas, you can transform your patio into a one-of-a-kind space that will be the envy of your neighborhood.
Before you start dreaming up crazy and exciting new decor, set a budget. You don’t want to start looking around at furniture and other goodies, only to realize they cost an arm-and-a-leg. It will be harder to let go of your vision and tempting to spend more than you really should. Figure out how much you’re willing to spend on your patio given your family’s overall budget, and it will be easier and less stressful to plan out your patio’s design.
Once you have the money thing all figured out, the fun starts. Pick a general theme for your patio so you don’t get pieces that clash. You might like certain things individually, but when put together, the patio just won’t flow. You should factor in whether your patio is covered or uncovered, as that can affect the theme you choose. As an example, if your patio is uncovered except for an umbrella, you’ll probably want to go with a more casual theme with waterproof furniture and accessories. Some patio theme ideas include formal, cozy, and summery.
With your theme chosen, it is time to decorate. If you’re starting from the ground up, there are lots of cool design ideas out there for your patios “floor,” like creating a mosaic with different-colored pavers or rocks. A “cozy” patio could use warm-colored bricks and stones, while a “summery” space has a beachy, sand-colored floor. Your furniture should match your theme as well. More formal patios often include plush sofas and loungers that imitate the look of a dining room. Wicker and and waterproof furniture is better suited for casual, summery, and uncovered patios where rain is a concern. Your patio’s accessories are like icing on the cake. Brainstorm creative ways to use lights, garden sculptures, bird feeders, and more.