by Marion K Nowak
Your patio is an extension of your home and should be as important to you as the rest of your home. Whether you use it to lounge in the sun, enjoy time with the family or even indulge in a starry-night dinner it should be a comfortable space all year round. We share our inspiration to make your patio summer-perfect.
A good way to approach your patio after the winter is to make sure you have many plants and flowers surrounding it. From potted plants to beautiful, viney bougainvillaea’s, you can do so much with good-looking flora in and around your patio area. Vine-type plants also make for good shade – especially if you do not have a patio with a roof. The look of flowers draping over pergolas in the summer is beautiful and refreshing. A pergola is a simple structure that can transform your garden and turn it into a space you will absolutely love.
The city can be a difficult place to create a patio. However, you can transform any balcony or small patio area into an urban oasis. Choose practical furniture for the outside and don’t shy away from indulging in textures and fun materials that bring nature to the city. Potted plants are best for small patios and balconies. A chic coffee table will also transform your urban outdoor space into a more functional space – allowing you to relax at home while enjoying the view of the city.
Cape Town Cool
Low-set tables, lots of pillows and a laid-back vibe are all you need to create a patio inspired by the Mother City. Fairy lights, brass pendant lights and even a collection of candles can transform a boring space into something idyllic. Choose light fabrics for draping over chairs or to create a canopy above to evoke a beach-inspired feel.
You can easily kit a patio out to be as cosy as you need it to be! Choose comfortable seating and dining options along with practical ceiling fans, open spaces and outdoor blinds or curtains to create a cosy family-inspired space. Having an area outside where you can work and play is a massive bonus when living in sunny South Africa.
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