Patios are such a pleasant part of your life. They afford you the chance to enjoy the outdoors without giving up your creature comforts. However, perhaps you haven't changed your patio in a while, and you feel it's time for an update. Your patio makeover doesn't have to be a radical overhaul. With a few simple updates, you can rejuvenate your patio.
Replace Your Patio Door
You might not realize just how much your patio doors affect the ambiance of your patio. If you'd like your patio to feel a little more elegant, consider having French doors installed. French doors are a classical design that feature panes of glass and even an arched top in some cases, which adds a chic effect to your space. As an added bonus, the doors open wide, making navigation between the kitchen and patio much easier.
Alter the Lighting
The optimal patio lighting is not always a bright, overhead light. In fact, the Landscaping Network suggests utilizing downlighting for a more subtle style of lighting. Downlighting is a good method for reducing light by directing the light only toward the intended area. Indeed, if you have a mature tree nearby, consider having a light peeking through the foliage onto the patio.
Plants add a further transition between the outdoors and indoors. Blur the lines by planting flowers, herbs or annuals in attractive containers and dotting them around the patio. Hanging plants can serve as a screen for the sun. An herb container garden near the grilling area is useful. Finally, consider training a fragrant flower such as jasmine or rose of a trellis to add scent to your space.
Rearrange the Furniture
Just like rearranging the furniture in your living room alters the space, so it goes with the patio. The big difference is that patios are often used for different activities. Use the furniture to define spaces for these activities. For instance, a bistro table and chairs near a selection of cushioned seating becomes a space for both dining and entertaining. Nestle a couple chaise lounges in a cozy corner with accent tables for a place to relax.
Probably the simplest update for your patio is to change up the color scheme. If your patio is mostly neutral, consider adding bright colors with cushions, containers and a patio rug. Conversely, if your palette has always been bold, think about switching it. Set aside the Mediterranean colors for a while and replace them with ocean-style blues and greens, for example.
Changing your patio doors, rearranging the furniture and altering the lighting are relatively simple updates for your patio makeover.