We might not think too much about it, but decorating your home isn’t limited to the inside. For us to reach the perfect balance of décor zen, we need to make sure that what our home looks like on the outside reflects what it looks like on the inside. We don’t want to frighten away our guests, do we? So, aside from making sure that we have an amazing front yard and a welcoming façade or exterior, our backyard patios need to be up to snuff.
The patio is usually one of the most overlooked parts of exterior house decoration. People fail to realize that during down time like vacations and days off, it’s much more conducive both physical and mentally to lounge around in the sun rather than spend our time shut off in a dark and gloomy room with nothing but Netflix and chips for company! Plus, having a great-looking patio will make your relaxation hours all the more fulfilling. Here are our top tips for making your patio look awesome:
Drapery is not just for the inside.
Do you still have that extra pair of bright curtains that never seem to match with your living room furniture? Dust it off and hang it outside! The rigid vibe of your patio’s wood and concrete will be substantially reduced with the addition of the flowing softness of your sunny drapes. Plus, it can be a cheap hack to hide any imperfections and items you just want out of sight.
Throw in some throw pillows.
You don’t need to have that incredibly rare inner eye for design to make your patio more appealing. Just rustle up all the extra throw pillows you can find (the colourful ones, mind you) and just throw them onto one of your larger pieces of furniture. Lacking that, you can DIY a hammock and stuff some pillows there. Now you have an excuse to nap outside and have easily created a colourful and comfortable place to hang out and chill with friends and family.
Or roll out the rugs.
Sometimes the base material of your patio doesn’t turn out perfectly. Brickwork and wood layering has its shares of warping and settling. For any minor cracks that seem to make your patio space a tad bit less amazing than it is, cover it up with a colourful rug. This allows you to hide those unsightly imperfections while adding a pop of much needed colour to your patio.
Choose the right material.
Speaking of materials, you need to make sure that the material you are using is actually right for your outdoor patio needs. As much as we want to all adopt the much-desired authenticity that is brought about by timber decking or brickwork galore, we need to factor in some things such as the weather and the amount of foot traffic your patio is expected to get. Decking out your patio in a warmer location or city will be different than, say, decking in Leeds. A patio where only you and family would hang out would require much less robust material as compared to one where you expect to entertain a lot of people over the course of many days. It all boils down to what kind of lifestyle you’re living at this point.
Those are our personal favourite tips and tricks for making your patio all the more awesome! If you have any tips you’d like to share, please do so on the comments below and make sure to share this with all your friends!