12 Design Ideas for Your Patio
Follow these ideas for decorating a patio and creating a comfortable, functional outdoor getaway.
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Make Furnishings Fun
Ditch lackluster furniture. Mimic the color, patterns, and furniture of your interior spaces to create a more contemporary style outdoors.
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Patio furniture doesn’t have to be uncomfortable—add colorful cushions or accent pillows in indoor/outdoor fabric to soften your seats. Most outdoor settings work for dining with friends as well as lounging with a good book.
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Instead of one large table, invest in multipurpose decor. Small stools and ottomans are perfect for plates, drinks, or additional seating and can easily be relocated as the party moves.
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Plan for After Dark
The party doesn't have to wind down as the sun sets. Candles or small lamps provide the perfect transition from a daytime get-together to an evening soiree.
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Add Color Smartly
Look for neutrals when buying big couches, rugs, or chairs. Add color and pattern with pillows and accessories to change or update the look. After a few seasons, if you tire of your accessories or they are starting to look a little faded, plan to stock up on new cushions, rugs, and more end-of-season sales. That way, when spring rolls around again, you'll be ready with a new look purchased on a bargain budget.
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Watch the Weather
Umbrellas turn a patio into an any-time-of-day affair by providing shade and comfort.
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Anticipate for Extras
Include a few larger end tables in your layout to provide extra surfaces for guests to set drinks and plates. Round tabletops are ideal for pulling up extra chairs for additional seating.
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Set the Mood
No party is complete without the perfect playlist. A portable dock lets guests select their favorite tunes for the ultimate outdoor experience.
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Define separate spaces for different uses. Keep the grill close enough to be able to enjoy the party while cooking but a safe distance away from the group.
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Don't Forget the Greenery
Use planters in various sizes to soften the hard edges of patio walls and create flow from area to area. If you have a lot of hardscape in your yard, pots are the perfect place to grow herbs and other edibles.
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Make It Portable
Be prepared for any size group. Portable carts provide roll-away storage and organization and are perfect for accommodating large parties as well as lemonade breaks.
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Create Smaller Seating Areas
For quick meals or a quiet spot away from the party, create a separate space for smaller groups. Here, this bistro table allows room for two.