1. START FROM A CLEAN BASE
Before you introduce new décor or change up your accessories, it’s important to have a clean base to work with. Just like an artist’s blank canvas, cleaning your patio and getting rid of clutter can help give you a clear idea of what you’re working with. Get rid of any damaged furniture and items you no longer use. Then, give the area a good clean to get rid of dirt or grime. Luckily, all it takes to keep your LYSAGHT LIVING® patio clean is a regular wash down with water. Using a garden hose, be sure to pay extra attention to areas like the underside of roofs, gutters and beams which are not exposed to rain. Also check that gutters are clean and give them a good rinse to clear any debris.
2. THINK ABOUT HOW YOUR SPACE IS USED
Patios are usually built with entertaining in mind, but these spaces are also multi-functional and can be adapted to suit your lifestyle. If you’re the type of family that doesn’t entertain regularly, you may want to think about repurposing the space you have available. Items like a large dining table and chairs are often the first thing people buy, but they take up the most space and don’t allow for much versatility. To get more use out of your patio during downtime, try creating break-out areas in the space such as a quiet relaxation zone – complete with a chaise lounge and small side table.
3. BE GENEROUS WITH GREENERY
There’s no magic trick for creating a garden hideaway vibe in your patio. Having a variety of plants throughout the space instantly creates a serene environment surrounded by nature. Growing and maintaining plants will require time and effort, so if you’re not a natural green thumb, choose hardy varieties like tall ferns and palms. When it comes to decorating, large potted plants in clusters of three or five will green up the space while adding a pop of colour in the pot itself. Hanging pots are also on-trend right now. To get the look, ensure you hang them at varying heights to create extra interest.
4. EMBRACE A NEUTRAL COLOUR PALETTE
In the interior decorating world, keeping up with colour trends can be difficult and costly. And when it comes to outdoor furniture and accessories such as cushions, it’s important to choose pieces that will outlast passing trends. One way around this is to take an organic approach by choosing finishes such as wood and fabrics like natural linens, unbleached cotton or hemp. This earthy palette won’t compete with the colours of nature surrounding your space and will look good for years to come.
5. LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Balmy summer nights are just made for patio entertaining, so give your space a gorgeous glow after dark. But adding light doesn’t necessarily mean you have to break the bank. Something as simple as a few lanterns placed throughout your patio will add a beautiful candlelight warmth. Or, try hanging fairy or string lights for a magical and festive look you won’t have to put away after Christmas!
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