Decorating and Design Tips for the Patio



If you’re tired of looking at the same old decor on your patio day-after-day, perhaps you should give it a makeover. Contrary to what many people believe, redecorating the patio doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With some basic supplies and accessories, you can give your outdoor patio area a fresh new look that’s sure to draw compliments from guests. Here we’ll take a look at some simple design tips and tricks to use on the patio.


Rearrange the Furniture


Sometimes giving your patio a new look is as simple as rearranging the furniture. Depending on the shape of your patio, there may not be too many “extra” options available for rearranging the patio. However, you should be able to come up with at least one other way to rearrange it. If you have patio chairs and a dining table laid out, try moving them to a different area of the patio. Alternatively, you can purchase a table that’s shaped differently than your current table and use it instead. The bottom line is that you have to move things around if you want to see a noticeable change in your patio’s decor. Don’t be afraid to do some experimenting by moving your furniture in different places to see what works best.


Add Plants


I can’t stress just how effective plants are at creating an attractive patio atmosphere. Whether you have a green thumb for gardening or not, you should add several plants throughout your patio. It’s a quick and easy way to add a natural element that brings the surrounding decor together. Best of all, it’s almost impossible to kill plants when you are growing them on the patio, as they will already receive plenty of water and sunlight. Just remember to bring them in when the temperatures begin to drop; otherwise, they could go into shock from the cold.


Include a Rug


A lot of homeowners seem to forget decorating the floor or their patio. While you can sometimes get away with a plain, non-decorated patio floor, adding an outdoor rug to it is almost certain to create a more attractive atmosphere.


The key thing to remember when using an outdoor rug is to choose one that’s constructed with a waterproof material. Vinyl, polyester and thermoplastic blends are all excellent choices for outdoor patios. From the naked-eye, they will appear just as attractive as regular cotton or wool rugs, but the durable material will allow them to withstand constant battering from rain, sleet, humidity and everything else mother nature throws at them.