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There are few things that go better than a warm summer night and an outdoor space where you can enjoy it. Whether you have a small balcony or large patio, you can easily turn it into a cool outdoor relaxation or entertainment space.
Here are 5 ideas to make the update happen.
With hot summer days, a little shade is always a good idea. There is an assortment of shade options to choose from. Again, it’s about finding something that matches your aesthetic. Options include portable umbrellas, UV shade netting, pergolas, steel roof structures, concrete, solar panels, house roof extensions or thatch to name a few. If you are opting for a more permanent roof structure, it is best to contact a professional who can ensure the roof is structurally sound.
Create a relaxed atmosphere with soft lighting that matches your aesthetic. Fairy or string light around or across roof beams are perfect for a relaxed style. Solar garden lights are energy efficient and ideal for lighting up pathways or focus areas without the need for a power source. Keep the lights on for longer by buying outdoor, water-tight light fixtures.
Bring the garden closer with fragrant and colourful plants. Vertical gardens are best for small spaces while pots and planters on the floor or tables provide portable, calming decorative elements. You can make the greenery more functional by including herbs and vegetables that you can use in the kitchen.
Outdoor furniture makes or breaks your patio. Think about functionality when choosing furniture. Do you want a comfortable space to eat meals? A comfy space to lounge and relax? A space to have sundowners with friends? Your intended function will determine whether you opt for an outdoor dining table, comfy couches, a day bed, hanging chairs or a high table and bar stools.
The amount of rain and sun coming into your patio also needs to be considered so the furniture you buy or DIY will be able last. As a general rule, waterproof, machine washable and UV- resistance are ideal things to look for.
Create interest in your patio area by using different levels. Build raised flower beds that can become the back rest for simple benches, use retaining walls for multiple levels or dig down to create a sunken seating area.
Patios are an excellent space to entertain guests or enjoy the warmer weather on your own. Creating a relaxing space is simple when you consider a few, simple elements that effectively update your patio.