Your patio is an extension of your house. You can think of it as another room. Your patio may combine aspects of different rooms, such as a living room, dining room and kitchen all in one. Your family probably spends a lot of time on your patio so you want it to reflect the personality of your household.
If you’re not sure how to add personality to your patio – we have a few ideas to help you get started.
You probably have plants in your landscaping but adding plants to your patio is an easy way to bring color and interest to your patio space. The plants and their containers both offer an opportunity to add flair.
If you love to cook consider adding an herb garden to your patio space. Basil, mint, cilantro, and parsley are a few herbs that are relatively easy to grow.
If you are planting containers remember this simple formula: tall, filler and fall. A tall interesting plant, filler plants, and plants falling over the edge of the container make for beautiful and lush looking containers.
Finally, the planters themselves can add interest. This is an excellent opportunity to incorporate your unique interests. No need to buy ceramic planters from your local nursery (although they are also great). Consider turning unexpected containers into a planter. If you like wine, use a wine crate or barrel as a planter. What about an old vanity, dresser or carriage? Anything container can work. If you’re not sure, look on Pinterest for inspiration and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
When considering what furniture to add to your patio, consider how you will use it. Don’t feel like you need to add the traditional table with center umbrella and chairs from a big box store. If you like to lounge outside add an outdoor couch with a footstool. Built in benches around the sides of your patio adds a lot of seating for friends and double as display space.
Consider your interests when adding additional furniture to your patio. If you enjoy a cocktail in the evening add an outdoor bar. If you enjoy gardening and planting, consider adding a planting bench. You can also look outside the traditional stores for outdoor furniture. If your patio has shelter you can treat indoor furniture with outdoor upholstery or weatherproof paint to help it survive the elements.
Color is an easy way to add interest to your patio space. You can add the color you’ve used in your house to tie your outdoor space to your indoor living space. Or go the other direction and use your patio as the place to add bold color you may not feel comfortable using indoors.
There are many ways to add your chosen colors to your patio. (Some of them included in this post!) Add color with accessories such as pots, plants, artwork, and cushions. You can also add color to the architecture of your patio. Consider painting or staining porous materials like wood and concrete. Don’t be afraid to go bold, but remember it’s easier to change accessories than it is to change the color of a piece of architecture.
4. Water Features
Water features are a great way to add a little pizzazz to your patio. Not only do water features look attractive, moving water provides soothing white noise and helps disguise noise pollution.
There are a number of different water features you could add on or near your patio. Bird baths are a very simple option. Bird baths do not require any plumbing or additional work and they attract birds. You can also find stand-alone fountains to add to your patio that only need a plug to work.
Larger ponds or fountains can be built into your patio or near it. The sky’s the limit. These require a little more forethought and are best built by an expert DIYer or a professional. They payoff is worth it because they are real showstoppers.
5. Create Shade
If your patio goes unused because it’s baking in the sun, consider adding shade to the area. It will make your patio much more useable. Shade will also help protect furniture and other design elements. There are a number of ways to add shade, ranging from relatively cheap and easy options to building onto your home.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to add shade consider adding an umbrella. Umbrella options range from those that go in the center of the table to cantilever options that overhang your seating area. Additional fabric shade options include sails and awnings.
Creating a more permanent shelter is an excellent way to add value to your home. Pergolas or a roof over your patio may require hiring a landscape building professional but will pay off in the long run.