Spring is an ideal time to give your patio a little extra attention. Whether you’ve just moved into a new house or your current patio space simply needs an overhaul, get your patio ready early so you have lots of time to enjoy it during the spring and summer. The following decorating ideas for spring will get you on your way to creating the patio space that you’ve always envisioned for your family.
Adding lighting to your patio space is key for increasing its functionality. When your patio is well lit, family and friends will be happy to stay out there well into the evening. If you’re not ready for a large lighting investment, consider stringing small twinkle or globe lights overhead. You’ll get the illumination that you desire while creating a space that is more cozy and inviting. A string of paper lanterns is also a popular choice for short term lighting in dry climates.
Shading a patio also increases the functionality of the space quite a bit. A shelter for your patio can be as simple as a pergola or as complex as a patio cover with a solid roof. To create extra shade for a pergola, you can add a retractable canvas canopy under the wood beams. If you have a patio cover, outdoor drapes can help shade from afternoon sun, as well as provide extra privacy from neighbors or define the space.
Paint Outdoor Furniture
When you first take out your outdoor furniture at the beginning of the spring, check for splinters and scruffs. If you have natural wood furniture, sand any rough spots and apply a coat of outdoor sealant. If you have painted furniture that’s faded or chipping, give it a fresh coat. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to sand off the existing paint before applying the new coat. DIY network has some great instructions on refinishing metal outdoor furniture. Choose a bold color to create a focal point in your yard or choose a shade that fits the existing patio scheme. Spray paint comes in a wide selection of colors and finishes, ensuring that you’ll find a high quality product that suits your patio space perfectly.
Lay Down a Rug
A rug may seem like an odd choice for an outdoor living space. However, it instantly makes a patio feel more homey while bringing new life to flagstone, concrete, or wood decking. Choose a rug that picks up colors from the house or surrounding landscape to add a wow factor to your patio. This single addition will soften the space while creating a visual center to pull the entire scheme together. If you like the aesthetic of a rug but don’t want to deal with moving it during inclement weather, think about stenciling a geometric pattern on the wood deck, or adding a custom pattern to your stamped and stained concrete.
Don’t Forget the Details
Just as a living room doesn’t feel complete until you add throw pillows to the sofa or a bedroom doesn’t look quite right without some candles, a patio won’t feel finished until you’ve added a few special touches. Outfit the chairs with brightly colored cushions, display freshly picked flowers in a large vase on the table, or hang lanterns on the posts.
If you need further advice about how to spruce up your patio for spring, check with your local outdoor living contractor. An experienced contractor will be able to help you figure out the best way to customize your space.