Happy Memorial Day!
Holidays are great for sitting back and relaxing or spending time with family and friends. But if you’re like me, you like to use extra time at home to tackle projects. Here’s one worth considering today: Make some quick and easy upgrades to your patio to transform it into a summer-worthy retreat.
According to a recent American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) survey, almost 30 percent of homeowners surveyed said they will spend all their recreational time at home this summer. If you’re among that 30 percent (or if you just want a space to relax at the end of a long day), try these tips for revamping your outdoor space:
Look down. Your patio surface is the floor of your outdoor space. Before you even think about adding anything to that floor, you want to make sure it’s in good shape. If you’re starting from scratch, you can glean some patio design pointers here. Head over to Re-Nest to learn how to build your own flagstone patio or to This Old House for the scoop on building a bluestone patio in a weekend.
Do you have a patio that needs some work? If your patio is concrete, start by fixing any cracks. Got pavers? Here’s what to do to whip them into shape. Learn more about patio repair from Ask the Builder. Or get some help killing weeds from The Home Garden.
If your concrete patio is in fine shape but is rather uninspiring, snag a pointer from BHG.com and paint, dye, or stain it for some personality.
Think walls. In order for an outdoor space to function as a room, you need something to define its edges, just like walls do inside. You might distinguish the edges of your patio with potted plants, an outdoor structure such as a pergola, or even have some walls if your patio is adjacent to your home. If you have actual walls, can you paint them? Hang something from them? Gather some ideas on how to do both from Made By Girl’s fantastic patio update.
Pick the right furnishings. Comfort, versatility, and durability are keys. Look for seating with big, plump cushions. Pick ottomans that offer storage for pillows when you’re not outdoors. And make certain your furnishings are easy to clean and are made to resist rusting, fading, rot, and mildew.
While you’re at it, consider functionality. What will you use your revamped patio area for? Lounging? Dining? Both. Let intended use guide your furniture choices—like Nicole of Making It Lovely did with her new patio.
Add decorative touches. Lanterns, rugs, potted plants, curtains, outdoor lighting, and other decorative objects make an outdoor space feel like home—and add a touch of personality too. That’s why this striking outdoor dining area looks at if it’s indoors.
Looking for a bit more inspiration? Check out this quick and easy, budget-friendly makeover. Then get to work on your own patio pronto!
Until next time,
The Home Know-It-All