Ten Ways to Update Your Backyard Patio Living Area for 2020 and Beyond
While our company specializes mainly in patio covers and pergolas, there are a wide variety of ways to add spice to your backyard. Some ideas can be found below:
New Patio Furniture Cushions
The fastest and easiest way to revive your backyard patio is to add or update furniture cushions. Weather can take a toll on patio furniture, especially pillows and cushioning. Replacing old and fading cushions will make a big difference in the appearance of your patio and backyard. While weather resistant cushioning can be expensive, there are several ways to save money on this update. Lots of home stores will have sales on last year's styles that you can mix and match. You may also be able to find good deals online. But if you’re really craving something unique, try fabric stores and ask around about someone who would be able to custom make your cushions.
Adding a mix of color and patterns will create instant appeal to your patio furniture.
Clean and Reseal Concrete or Stone
After the Winter months, you will need to do some Spring cleaning naturally. As you go about sweeping off your patio and pulling weeds around your yard, check to see if your flooring is showing some wear. Concrete or stone patio floors may occasionally need to be resealed to prevent cracking. If you do decide to reseal your patio flooring, make sure you allow adequate time for it to dry before moving furniture around or entertaining.
Add a Weatherproof rug
Another great way to add color and interest to your patio is to add an outdoor rug. Mixing a patterned rug with bright solid color pillows will really make the area pop. Many outdoor rugs are designed to look similar to indoor rugs which can instantly add a homey feel to your outdoor living space. These outdoor area rugs are made out of plastics or polypropylene which can be easily cared for and hosed off to keep clean. This will help preserve your patio flooring as well.
Spray Paint Patio Furniture
When your existing furniture starts to show some wear, you may be tempted to just replace it and purchase all new furniture. However, this costly investment may not be necessary at all. With all of the color and finish options for weatherproof spray paint, you can make your patio furniture look like a brand new set with a combination of spray paint and new cushions and pillows.
Add a Canopy or Umbrella
In those hot Summer months, a shady patio is a must. If you don’t already have a structure over your patio, this is a must for making an inviting outdoor living space. Though this might seem like an overwhelming expense, keep in mind t hat there are canopy and pergola kits at lower price points which still look fantastic and add a beautiful dimension to your patio. Whether you choose a more permanent structure, a less expensive fold away, or even a large outdoor umbrella, the addition of a shady, homey area will instantly update your patio and create a space for entertaining.
Add or Change Up Your Plants ( hanging, tropical, flat backed wall planters, herb garden )
Adding plants to your outdoor patio is a must. The addition of potted plants, hanging plants or herbs to your patio area will create a flow between your patio and your yard, just as the addition of furniture and shading creates a flow between the inside of your home and your patio area. For many people, gardening and potting can feel intimidating and overwhelming. If you are not a seasoned gardener, take it slow and allow for a learning curb.
Check gardening books or look online for interesting combinations of plants for potting. Combining a variety of textures, height and color will add a lush feel to your patio. From tropicals to herb gardens to flat backed wall planters, there are really endless options.
Hang Some Bird Feeders
The addition of a few bird feeders to your patio area is one of the easiest and most inexpensive things you can do to liven up your backyard. Between lush plants and singing birds, you can turn your patio into a mini vacation from day to day living. Not only does this add to the relaxing energy of your outside area, but it keeps the birds happy as well. Consider also adding a small water feature or birdbath for them too.
Especially in the hotter months, you’ll want to be able to make use of your patio in the evening hours. It’s easy to create a great after hours ambiance with various types of lighting. If you enjoy a more natural glow, opt for candles or tiki torches. String lights or hanging lanterns are also great and relatively inexpensive lighting options. And if you want to go all out, you can even install a romantic chandelier.
Any kind of tasteful lighting, no matter how budget friendly, will add an inviting glow and keep guests coming back for more fun and entertaining.
9. Add a Fire Pit
Another fun and functional addition to any patio is a fire pit or chiminea. In addition to the beauty of an open fire, adding a fire pit or chiminea can add the needed warmth to take your outdoor activities from Summer to Fall and into the Winter months. Nothing says cosy like having a nice cup of hot cocoa or a glass of wine near a fire. Just make sure that you install your fire pit in an area that is safe and far enough away from anything flammable.
10. Invest in a Grill
Grilling food is not just easy and fun to do, it’s also healthy. The addition of a quality grill and outdoor kitchen may be something you decide to save up for or you may be happy enough with a less expensive version. Nonetheless, your time outside will be maximized by giving yourself the option to take your cooking to the patio. Of course this will be a hit with family and friends as well.