As summer approaches and days get longer and nights turn warm and balmy, a beautiful, welcoming patio is the perfect space to entertain guests and just to hang out.
Our design experts at CoContest have compiled five foolproof ways to elevate your patio for the summer, which will hopefully encourage you to venture out from the indoors air conditioning and enjoy the summer air.
There is nothing more welcoming than a cozy nook bathed in warm, soft light. To create a perfect space for night-time reading or lounging, string some fairy lights through a vine trellis, drape them over an awning, or hang up a few paper lanterns. Generally, string lights are low in voltage so they don’t produce an uncomfortable heat, and only they can produce the immersive, ethereal glow that calms the senses. If you want to take it a step further, scrunch portions of the fairy lights together and put them inside oversized glass jars to create sources of more concentrated light.
2. Succulent party
Succulents are all the rage now, and for good reason too. These desert plants have a lovely, minimalist look and also require much less water and upkeep to thrive, making them perfect for the long, dry summer days. For folks who can’t stand creepy crawlies, they also attract much less insects than traditional, flowering plants. For a rustic, sun-washed look, simply stand an old wood crate or planting box upright and fill the gaps with a variety of succulents for your own desert garden. Brush off the dust from old ceramic pottery cluttering up your garage and spruce them up with multicolored succulents and pebbles. Arrange in any fashion you like around your patio and enjoy your transformed space.
3. Incorporate Color
Summer is a time for fun and making memories, and your home should invoke a sense of excitement. Use bright and tropical accents brighten up your outdoor space and liven up the entire area. Eye-catching colors like fuchsia, tangerine and chartreuse add a energy lift, especially when paired with bold stripes, bullseye and florals. With a few pillows, throwovers and couch cushions, it’s amazing how an updated color scheme can elevate your existing patio elements to a whole new level.
4. Dining and Wining
Dining outdoors in the summer is all about getting together with family and friends while enjoying a delicious meal in a relaxing atmosphere. If the main focus of your patio is outdoor barbeque and casual dining, the focal points of your outdoor space should be the dining table and grill. To create the perfect dining atmosphere, make sure to choose weather resistant furniture, a stable base for your setup, and a way to shade the area. If you want to maintain a rustic, classic vibe with a wood dining set, eucalyptus, cedar and teak wood are the way to go. For metal pieces, aluminum, cast-iron and wrought-iron are naturally rust resistant and are guaranteed to last long.
5. Hang it up
If your patio is sun-drenched during all hours of the day, add some much needed shade with an inexpensive fabric canopy. Take advantage of the different colors offered to cast colored shadows onto the desired area; for example white and khaki provide a natural, sun-dappled shade, while pastel colors in shades of blue create a cool and calming atmosphere. Hang up a netted hammock and include an eye-catching throw and pillow to create a cozy nook for reading or napping. For more permanent fixture, consider stringing up a hanging porch swing or day bed to create the perfect spot for those lazy days.