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Transforming your Patio

Having a patio can come in handy for numerous reasons. In humid weather, it's a cool, breezy area you can relax in. It can be your own personal, peaceful outdoor retreat. Or it can be a space for entertaining guests and having parties, gatherings, barbecues and other activities. Some people prefer to treat their patio as an extension of their living room area. However you choose to use it, it is no doubt a useful addition to any home and can actually increase the value of your property.

When setting up and decorating your patio, you should ensure that it is comfortable and inviting so that you or your guests will want to spend time there. One of the most important selections you will have to make is furniture and seating. Furniture is probably the biggest purchase you will make for your patio and the items you will use the most.

Whether you're just relaxing and reading a book or having a family gathering, you will need a place to sit.

Your choice of furniture will depend on the size and shape of your patio.

The best patios are the ones that have an abundance of places to sit. But if your patio is small and narrow, arranging seating may be a challenge.

For small spaces, a sectional may work best as it is designed to preserve space while providing enough seating for four or five people.

For additional seating, you can place outdoor rugs and throw pillows or poufs. These can be kept indoors and brought out for guests and they do not take up much space.

Multi-functional furniture is also a smart choice for a small patio. A pouf can function as a side table, leg rest or extra seating depending on what is needed at the time.

If you plan on using your patio for barbecues or parties, it will be useful to have an area for dining.

Bistro tables are a perfect solution for a small patio. They do not take up much space and can be folded and stored away quite easily when not in use. A bar cart may also be a useful addition for storing drinks and utensils if you do not have enough room for an outdoor kitchen.

A perfect patio will also include a place to lounge. Whether it's a daybed, lounge chair or hammock, you should have a place to lay out and put your legs up.

Make sure to leave enough space in between your furniture to be able to move around comfortably.

Because patios are usually open areas, exposed to the elements, be sure that any furniture you select is suitable for the outdoors if they are to remain there for extended periods.

Rattan or wicker furniture are popular for patios as they can withstand heat from the sun and are waterproof if rain falls. Pillows and cushions can be brought out for use when needed.

Lighting is also an important, yet often overlooked aspect of decorating a patio.

You will need sufficient lighting if you plan on enjoying your patio area at night. The type of lighting you choose can also help to create a mood.

You can use a statement light positioned above the main seating area and accentuate with string lights around the space. Be sure to use suitable outdoor lights.

When you've figured out your lighting, furniture and seating, you may want to add a personal touch with decorations.

You can accessorize your patio with whatever you think you will need, whether it is a fire pit for some warmth during cold weather or a patio umbrella for shade from the sun.

Keep in mind however that a patio is an extension of your house. So it should complement the style of your home.

That said, plants and greenery are perfect decorations for patios because they will give an outdoor, naturalistic vibe.

Not to mention your plants will thrive in this outdoor area with direct sunlight. You can add a pop of color with your favorite flowers or place potted plants around your patio. Plants can also be used to create a privacy screen that will block a bad view or shield you from nosy neighbors. Use hanging plants or flowers to create a "wall".

Shutters can also be used to enclose your patio area and shield you from prying eyes but the most inexpensive screens you can use are curtains. Curtains aren't just for indoors. Hang them around your patio to to create a cosy feeling while offering a temporary measure of privacy. They can be easily removed or replaced.

If you have a large patio area, the opportunities are endless.

You can afford to have more seating and dining furniture. You may even want to set up a dedicated area for grilling to avoid having to set up your grill and put it away each time you want to use it. If your patio is spacious enough, you can set up an outdoor kitchen perfect for parties and entertaining guests.

If you don't have a patio at all, but you have a backyard, think outside the box.

A patio doesn't have to be attached to the house and can actually be a separate structure or space in your backyard.

A concrete or wooden base can be installed or gravel can be used to create a beachy vibe.

If you don't have a patio nor a backyard, you can set up an indoor patio. A back room can be transformed to into a covered patio by installing floor-to-ceiling windows. This will allow guests to enjoy the sunlight but still be protected from the rain if a downpour occurs.

A patio really is one of the most versatile areas of your home and can be used for anything from relaxing alone to having fun, lively gatherings with friends and family. Follow these tips to make the most of your patio space and don't hesitate to contact us here at TriniHelper for all your construction and designing needs.

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