Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by James Hartkorn
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Preparing and improving the look of your patio for the summer doesn't have to be a chore. There are lots of fun ways to incorporate anything from lawn furniture and fabric patterns to lighting and accessories. Check out these fun patio décor ideas.
Even if you don't have the biggest patio on the block, it's important to create visual interest through texture. Lay down bricks to pull in a red rustic feature, or flagstones in a variety of different cuts and styles such as slate gray, blue, beige and rust. Going for more of a natural look? Try lining your pavers with crushed gravel. Add a cottage-style wrought iron table complemented with matching chairs and featuring pads that pop with color. You could also try a bold striped pattern of red and orange or muted floral tones.
Use Natural Stone
If you have a garden off to the side of your patio, you can add visual interest by building a simple stone wall to offset the flowers in your garden. Drooping vines and bright blooms can increase the allure of this patio design. For even more natural stone, make a rustic fire pit and with plenty of seating for cozy nights around the campfire. Got a garden walkway? Line it with small decorative stones.
If you have a small pond or other water feature off your patio, pave the way for your guests by crafting a cobblestone walkway in a non-sequenced pattern for a rustic feel. For seating, a reclaimed table with chairs would be the perfect addition to this space.
Pops of Color
No need to go out and spend a fortune on a whole patio makeover. Adding color is a breeze even if you have a boring white or beige patio set. Select accents like a bright yellow umbrella or zebra patterned chair pads complemented by wildly colored throw pillows. Swirls, dots, flowers, star bursts, stripes…the possibilities are endless. An indoor/outdoor throw rug in bold green and blue stripes placed on the floor of your patio would also be a compelling choice. To finish off the look, string small white or rainbow lights along the top for illuminated evenings outside.
Contrasting Colors for Depth
For covered sunrooms, porches and patios, you can get a little creative with the ceiling and wall colors to spark visual enticement. Better Homes and Gardens says you don't have to live with simple white ceilings, so why not paint them a contrasting color from the walls and floors? A light blue, perhaps a sea foam green, or even a subtle yellow can bring a warmer perspective to a patio of any size.
Once you're done with these inspirational patio decor ideas, don't neglect the exterior of your home, particularly the roofing and gutter systems. You need proper drainage on your property and protection for the home itself. Protect your home by calling LeafGuard by Midlands Home Solutions.
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