The patio can quickly look tired and boring so why not give it a new lease of life with these creative ideas?
Hop on down to your local hardware store, invest in the jazziest colour masonry paint you can find to give the patio – concrete or paving slabs – a new lease of life by painting it.
Avoid concrete floor paint as this can be slippery when wet but masonry paint is great for concrete and patio slabs.
Some people use on old indoor rug for the summer on the patio to give it a new and appealing look for a few months. Come winter, they recycle the old rug.
Or, you can invest in one of the many outdoor rugs that are becoming increasingly popular. From fantastically bright geometric designs to monochrome patterns, there is also a choice when it comes to size.
Made from recycled plastic woven together, the rugs are long-lasting and perfect for any patio.
The patio is based on the idea of a courtyard – a flat, hard standing platform at ground level surrounded by high walls to trap the heat and protect the space from the wind.
Most us build a patio where it gets the most sun – which makes sense! – but it can mean it is such a sun trap that it is almost unbearable to sit there.
The answer is to add shade, of which we have many ideas:
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to ditch the deckchair with the wobbly leg that traps your fingers every time you wrestle it open or closed.
The best thing about the patio in our eyes is its simplicity. There is no need for patio seating to be complex or overly fussy. Ditch the freestanding hammock or egg seats, opting instead for something simple yet stunningly stylish: a wooden bench.
Wooden benches are easy to keep clean and to maintain. Add a stash of outdoor cushions for softness and colour, and a throw or two for when the evening chill sets in on the patio and there you have it – simple patio seating with style.
We all built the patio with us in mind… didn’t we?
The fact is, the patio is welcome in any garden but how many of us do anything more with it than a few chairs and a place to dry the washing?
The time has come to give your patio a new lease o life by giving it a purpose;
The patio is perfect for many things. But when it comes to extending your indoor living space to the outside, it is priceless.
Add a well-made, hardwood teak garden dining set – opt for the biggest your budget can stretch to and your patio can accommodate with ease – and make the patio the outdoor dining room.
Keep it well light with solar lights and pretty table candles – opt for citronella candles to keep the flies and midges away – along with a pretty outdoor dining set.
Leave the melamine plates and bowls for picnics at the beach, choosing bright and fun ceramic set instead.
Cook indoors and eat outside or cook outdoors too in the new garden kitchen you are about to create…
Anna is the marketing and office manager for Garden Benches – a premium supplier of high-quality wooden benches and other outdoor furniture.