After you move, it can be hard to focus on anything that doesn’t involve the main rooms in your house – your bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom. But one area you shouldn’t forget is your patio. Not only is it the perfect place to relax after a long day at work, it’s the ideal place for entertaining guests, and even having an alfresco dinner with your family or friends.
Perhaps one of the reasons you’ve avoided your patio so far is that it seems like too big of an operation to handle. Maybe it’s looking a bit bare, or perhaps run down. Maybe you don’t even know where to start on the revamp.
That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to show you that revamping your patio isn’t as complicated as you think! Follow it, and you’ll be able to start making full use of your patio in no time.
Give Your Patio a Deep Clean
There are very few of us who enjoy cleaning, but it’s a must if you want to transform your patio. Chances are that if you’ve just moved in, there’s either a lot of debris or unnecessary clutter on your patio. If so, it’s time to get cleaning!
Dedicate an afternoon or two cleaning up your patio. Throw or give away any unwanted items, and put your gloves on and give everything a good scrub. It’s a pain, we know, but the sooner you do it, the sooner you can enjoy the rewards of your hard work. If you’re short on time, or really don’t like cleaning, you can even hire a cleaning agency to help you out.
Invest in Some Furniture
A patio without furniture is like a plate without food. If your patio lacks anything in the way of furniture, or your furniture is worn down or outdated, consider investing in some new pieces. It’s a surefire way to make your patio a place you look forward to hanging out on and impress your guests. There are so many patio furniture sets to choose from, so spend some time selecting pieces that will help bring your patio together.
And don’t forget about kid-friendly pieces if you have little ones – maybe consider a cute, but practical pint-sized kid’s picnic table, or even a lounge set. One piece of furniture that both kids and big kids (yes, you!) will equally love is a hammock or hanging chair.
Add Some Flowers and Plants
Flowers and plants are an ideal addition that will add some cheer to your patio. This is especially the case if you don’t have a big backyard – why not use the space in your patio to make a mini garden?
Head to farmers markets to pick up some affordable potted plants. Try to pick a mix of flowers and plants that will grow year long, as well as some more seasonal picks. If you don’t have the greenest thumb, do a bit of research online about plant varieties before you head out so you know what to look for. There are also a few considerations you’ll need to make before creating your garden patio, so we recommend taking a read of this article by The Spruce, which details some of the most important things to keep in mind.
Add Some Decorative Touches
If you’re on a budget – don’t worry, there are many budget-friendly ways to spruce up your patio! At Ikea, you’ll find no shortage of affordable decorative items like fairy lights, cushions, throws, you name it. Also consider rummaging through second hand stores, and even flea markets. You’re bound to find some bargains, especially if you’re good at bargaining!
Adding decorative touches will also give your patio a welcoming and homely feel. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed when choosing which look to go for, why not get some inspiration from Pinterest? There are tons of boards, like this one, which will help spark your creative streak. Just don’t blame us when you get stuck down a rabbit hole of patio looks inspiration!