Tip #1 – Scale the Furnishings to the Space
Just like your living room, one enormous couch in an area designed for a table and chairs will probably end up being a traffic hazard. Choose furniture that will keep the space open and easy to move around in.
Tip #2 – Keep It All-Weather
Keep your patio looking good for longer than a season or two by choosing furniture that is built to last outdoors. Pick fabrics that are UV-protected to help with fading.
Tip #3 – Create and Open Air Kitchen
Anyone who’s eaten BBQ fresh off the grill knows the allure of outdoor cooking. However, elaborate outdoor kitchens and entertainment areas can be very expensive. At first, start with a grill and a large counter space. You can also add an all-weather stainless refrigerator for around $500.
Tip #4 – Deck and Patio Lighting
Good lighting will make your patio safer and enhance your home’s security. Embedded lights, like those in stepping stones and even stairways, help you watch your step. Landscape lights can illuminate walkways or mount to posts, fences or walls.
Tip #5 – Add Plants
Spruce up your patio by adding flowers, potted plants and other foliage to your outdoor space. A simple herb garden can double as patio greenery and it is simple to maintain.