Decorating Your Patio

by Jaclyn Abergas | July 5th, 2011 | Home Shopping

It’s finally happened! You’ve finally got the patio that you’ve wanted all these years, but now comes the hard part. How will you decorate it?

Before you start anything, you have to answer a few questions that will help immensely with your patio project.

  • How big is the space? Is it open, covered or closed? Measuring the exact size will help you determine if the furniture you buy or make will fit in the patio. It’s better to spend an extra hour measuring the patio and writing it down on a notebook, than to waste your time going to the store, unpacking, assembling, realizing it doesn’t fit, disassembling, packing and going back to the store to return or exchange it. Your time is too valuable to be wasted on something that could have been prevented beforehand.
  • What will you be doing in the patio? Is it a meditation space or a reading nook? Is it a place where you can have breakfast with your family or drinks with your friends? It doesn’t have to be one or the other, it can be both. But you need to plan ahead to buy furniture that will accommodate your needs for the patio. You don’t want it to be a breakfast nook and all you have are reading chairs with no table in sight.
  • What is your budget? It’s best to know your budget now so you’ll know where to shop. Once you have your budget set, scour the Internet first for stores that have the look you want and the prices to match it.

Here are also some things to keep in mind while you plan and decorate your patio.

  • Keep the style in tune with the style of the rest of the house. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same style but it shouldn’t be out of place with it either. If you’ve invested in vintage items inside your home, do the same to your patio.
  • Don’t forget the lighting. Sometimes, we take it for granted that the patio’s outside and there’s natural lighting through the sun. But what about at night? It’s not a big problem but something that can definitely be overlooked. You can use floor lamps, table lamps or use those cute hanging lights. Or you can also hang up Christmas lights all over the patio to give it a more intimate setting.
  • Don’t forget to place additional plants also. Just a few flowers and plants scattered through out the patio. Don’t put too much because it’s just asking for a lot of flying insects. Just around 3-4 pots, depending on how big it is, to keep the cool air circulating around your patio.
  • Invest in protective curtains, too. You’ll be grateful when it starts to drizzle and you still want to use the patio without getting wet.

What are your other ideas for decorating the patio? Share it using the comments below!

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