A patio is a wonderful addition to your home at any time of year. With the temperatures dropping, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to spend more time outdoors. Make your patio more inviting with these simple tips.
Change Up the Chairs
If you’ve been using standard plastic lawn chairs, now is a great time to switch those out for something more comfortable. With summer behind us, there will surely be some great deals on patio furniture, so stock up now to save. Consider purchasing some rocking chairs for timeless southern charm, or a lounge so you can put your feet up and relax. These pieces serve the double function of making your patio look nicer and making your overall experience more comfy. And don’t forget to add some decorative pillows to make things even better– you’d be surprised how much of a difference they can make.
Overhaul Your Decor
Is your patio functional but lacking in the aesthetic department? Your options for outdoor decorations are almost endless. Add a baker’s rack and use it as a shelf for ceramic figures, potted plants, and other cutesy additions. Rustic pieces like wheelbarrows or wagons can be brought in on their own or turned into planters for a classic country look. Some homeowners like to include small decorative flags or set up a table with an umbrella. Outdoor rugs make a great pop of color on stone or concrete. Seasonal decor, like fall scarecrows and pumpkins, are also a popular choice. It’s all up to your own personal style. Not sure where to start? Pick a favorite color, like yellow, or a theme, like birds, and expand from that.
Add Some Greenery
Some patios are surrounded by plants, but others are right off a back door and aren’t particularly green. If the latter is your case, you can make things more inviting with a few simple potted plants. Opt for colorful flowers that are in season (fall is a great time for mums). Small shrubs and bushes are also a great choice if you want to plant something that will last for years to come.
Bring in Nature
The cooler months are a wonderful time to put out bird feeders. Birds can’t always find enough food when the temperatures drop, so you’ll be helping out the wildlife while enjoying watching them. (Note: bird feeders aren’t recommended for homes that have outdoor cats.) When things warm back up, you can buy hummingbird feeders and plant flowers that are known to attract butterflies. There’s nothing more peaceful than watching these creatures come and go while you relax on the patio.
You probably already use your patio a great deal but adding these little bits of decor can take your patio up a few notches.