With warm weather right around the corner, it’s time to get your back patio ready for outside entertaining. Al fresco dinners, lazy Sunday brunches, and afternoons hanging out with great friends and ice cold beverages are a delight when your patio has all the essentials. So what does a backyard patio need to be a success? I’ve thought of 5 things that are key to having a patio that is comfortable and well-appointed, and ready to tackle all of your outdoor entertaining needs this Spring and Summer.
Good lighting is important for every room in your house, and it’s equally important outside of your house as well. Nothing kills a good backyard BBQ faster than pitch black darkness. But you don’t need flood lights to make a backyard patio fun and inviting. Some beautiful string lights, hanging paper lanterns, a collection of candles, and even a cute fire pit provide plenty of mood lighting for your backyard soiree, and add to the decor and ambiance too.
Comfortable seating is a must for any backyard patio. Whether you have a whole dining set complete with matching chairs and tables, or just lots of cute outdoor seats, a place for you and your guests to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery is essential.
If you aren’t blessed to have acres of rolling, green lawn and gorgeous trees, a touch of greenery is still important to make your backyard patio look lush and natural. And thanks to potted plants, you can add beautiful greenery regardless of your patio size. If you want plants that can live permanently on your patio, make sure you get outdoor plants that are appropriate for your climate. But even your potted houseplants will enjoy a little time in the fresh air. Just make sure you treat them gently–no direct sun, no extreme temperatures, regular watering.
No one likes sitting outside in the sun on a sweltering day, or trying to enjoy a drink and a nice conversation while the sunset is blinding them. A little shade is an important component for any backyard patio. Cute patio umbrellas and canopies can help you create shady spots in your yard that will help you enjoy your yard all day.
Well-appointed back patios are tailor made for entertaining, but most people don’t have a full-scale kitchen in their yard. Instead, make sure you have cute serving trays on hand so that you can easily carry drinks and snacks outside. Don’t rely on your stash of old cookie sheets! Get some cute serveware, and let the festivities begin!
For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.