A patio is a great place to lounge around, take in the surroundings and enjoy nature. Whether your patio area is large or little, make the most of it. It is also the perfect place if you plan to entertain guests or just enjoy a good book. Here are some suggestions on how to decorate your patio or porch.
Decide on a theme
Decide on a colour palette and a theme and pick your furniture and décor accordingly. You could go for rustic, monochrome, urban or a jungle look, depending on your tastes. Even if the space is a small one, you could still make it look stylish and comfortable. Stay within your budget and don’t go all out. Instead use your imagination and creativity.
Add a few standout items such as a hammock or a day bed, various types of outdoor furnitures, outdoor lights or those from slide. For decorative touches, nothing looks better than lush greenery in the shape of potted plants, vines and shrubs. Plants are a great way to liven up any area and you could decide on how much greenery you want. If you have a walled courtyard, a beautiful idea is to have ivy growing over every inch of your walls for a mysterious jungle effect. You could also place outdoor decor such as umbrellas and canopies to provide shade.
Pick furniture with care
This is an important one when designing your patio. If your furniture is exposed to the elements on a daily basis, choose outdoor furniture rental made of sturdy materials that do not rust, such as aluminum and wrought iron. If they are protected, then you could use any type of furniture from wooden, rattan, wicker and plastic to glass. There are patio sets that come with chairs and a table as well as an umbrella, if you want to enjoy an outdoor meal. For recreational purposes, pick chaise lounges, sofas and loveseats that will allow you to relax and spend time with friends and family. Add colourful cushions and a coffee table as finishing touches.
There are a variety of other ornaments you could add to your outdoor space. These include birdbaths, candles, sculptures and fountains. If you are planning to entertain and dine/lunch with guests in your patio, you could install a grill or a fire pit to prepare a meal outdoors.
Remember a few key things before decorating, such as privacy. You may want to enclose a fence around your outdoor living area/patio.