Relaxing and hanging out on your patio this summer just got better. Spruce up your outdoor set-up with these ideas we spotted on BHG:
– Water: Create a serene and peaceful atmosphere by incorporating water into your patio set-up. Consider adding a water fountain or a make a patio-size water garden – we recommend using a small recirculating pump so you can enjoy the relaxing sound of trickling water.
– Plants: Plants can help you create shade and also give your patio summer-long color and interest. Try adding shade-creating plants around your patio such as hostas and caladiums. Additionally, incorporating flowers that have fragrance can help create a relaxing feel to your patio. Tall, arching stalks of flowering tobacco, hyssop and moonflowers will fill your backyard with a calming, pleasant aroma.
– Patio Carpet: Pull your patio look together with a weather resistant outdoor rug. They come in a variety of colors and styles so you can find one that fits your personal tastes. For green individuals, there are plenty of eco-friendly rug options made from recycled materials.
– Lighting: In the warm summer nights ahead, you’ll likely be spending time on your patio after the sun goes down. Give it personality at night with lighting – whether your illuminating a dark space or adding ambiance to your favorite seating area, outdoor lighting gives your patio a touch of nighttime pizzazz. Environmentalists, consider using solar powered lighting or low-voltage, energy-efficient bulbs.
– Charming Accents: Accessories are a perfect way to add some personality to your backyard space. Try adding charming accents such as a wagon filled with potted plants, garden statues, planter boxes or bird feeders. Give your yard a musical touch with wind chimes that provide a pleasant sound while adding a bit of style to your yard. Also consider investing in a fire pit, perfect for gathering around with friends and family to toast marshmallows or keep warm.
– Privacy: Create privacy and shade with a pergola. You can soften its look by adding climbing plants such as clematis, chocolate vine, wisteria and ivy. Once they grow, the vines will provide a cozy and shady summer haven.