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How to Create the Perfect Patio

13 August 2017
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Summer is the perfect season to spend more time outside and devote some attention to your outdoor space. If you want to create a beautiful oasis where you, your family and guests can spend some quality time together, you might consider adding a patio to your home. Do you need some help with creating the perfect patio? No worries, here’s a little guide for you.

Pick the place carefully

Even though there are no strict rules about your patio’s location, most patios are placed adjacent to the house. People choose this location because it’s practical if you want to use your patio for dining. But, if you want your patio to be a little private retreat, feel free to place it away from the house.

Be smart about the materials

Most people choose concrete, brick, flagstone, tiles or pavers for their patios. These materials can be customised to fit different needs, and they come in many shapes and colours. If you want your patio to have furniture (and you should), make sure to choose materials that won’t cause the furniture to wobble. That’s the reason why you should avoid gravel, and opt for consistently flat materials such as concrete and tiles.

Don’t forget the lighting

Patios can be even more fun and beautiful to enjoy after the sun goes down, so you must provide it with some sort of lighting. This can easily be achieved with cheap string lights, bistro lights, lanterns or even some hanging pendants. Even if you have an overhead light source, you can still add some magic to the space with soft string lights and candles. If your patio doesn’t have an electrical outlet, there are solar powered lighting options you can consider.

Get furniture that fits your needs

When you’re choosing your patio furniture, the first thing you need to consider is what you want to do in that space. Will you use your patio strictly for relaxation? Then get some comfy lounge chairs and a practical coffee table. Do you want to host dinner parties outside? Then look for a high-quality outdoor dining furniture setthat will allow you to enjoy beautiful al fresco meals. Whatever the purpose of your patio is, make sure that you find furniture that allows you to satisfy your needs.

Add cosiness with textiles and plants

Once you’ve decided on your furniture, you can start thinking about decoration to make your outdoor space more beautiful and comfortable. Add some pillows and cushions for that extra homey feeling – just make sure to use some weather-proof fabrics that are UV, moisture, mould and mildew resistant. You can also put out some soft, light blankets that will keep your warm even when the sun sets and the temperatures get lower.

Sometimes, garden flowers and the lawn are simply not enough to bring life to your outdoor space. Because patios should represent a bridge between your house and your garden, you can mix interior decor and exterior elements by decorating your patio with all sorts of flowers and potted plants. If you add some flowerpots here and there, they will make your space feel more natural and planned. Some outdoor potted plants are really easy to find and grow, even if your thumbs are not green at all. Once you’re finished with decorating, you’ll see how your space really came together perfectly thanks to these small details that add to comfort and beauty.

If you follow these tips, you will create a perfect space where you can unwind after a long day at work, spend some quality time with your family, and host unforgettable parties and dinners.

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Derek Lotts writes about décor, gardening, recycling and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all these fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator.

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