In summer we tend to spend more time outdoors enjoying balmy nights in comfort on our patios or balconies, having friends and family over for barbeques and sunsets.
As the weather gets warmer, now is the time to seriously start considering and focusing on updating your patio and balcony.
Unless you live in a penthouse, your balcony most likely will be limited by the amount of space available for you to work with, the same can be applied with patios.
At House of Home we’ve devised simple ideas that you can apply to transform any sized outdoor space into a stylish and relaxing area.
Six Steps For Easy Patio Styling
Step 1: Give Your Patio A Good Clean
It’s always best to start with a clean space. What may look like a unsalvageable 1970s mess may turn out to be an interesting. After clearing off all the clutter and washing down the tiles you'll have an amazing vintage canvas on which to build your look.
Step 2: Durable Outdoor furniture
Durable doesn’t have to mean you compromise on style when it comes to decorating your patio or balcony. We suggest lightweight sturdy furniture which has been tested against the outdoor elements. That way, you can rest assured knowing your new furniture will last for several years to come.
Step 3: Surround Yourself with Plants
Large decorative pots filled with tall ferns and palms are ideal for creating that lush garden feeling. An interesting plant holder will add a level of sophistication to your patio or balcony whilst also complimenting the communcal gardens or greenery around. If you're an avid cook, try planting a little herb garden or if you're short of space, a vertical garden.
Step 4: Extra Comforts
We all use cushions to enhance our comfort indoors, so it should be obvious that we also use them outside as well. Cushions as help to create a welcoming and inviting space. It doesn’t matter how small your patio or balcony is, with the right seating and a few scattered cushions, you will definitely be able to entertain in a relaxing summery way.
When choosing cushions for your patio, look at the theme you are creating and choose one colour tone to amplify the style. Try choosing cushions which not only match your outdoor furniture, but also create a continuous stylistic theme from your lounge room, or whatever room leads outside.
Furthermore, don’t be limited to just using cushions on seating. If your outdoor area is clean and dust free, incorporate some lovely ground cushions or even bean bags for a more playful style. This is also the perfect solution if you have young ones.
Step 5: Lighting
By incorporating classic glass enclosed lanterns in your patio design you will soon enjoy the subdued romantic feeling associated with candle light. Lanterns are ideal for housing tall cathedral style candles, the glass case is optimal for protecting a candle’s flame against the wind; so you can enjoy candle light all year round. Try adding some festoon lighting or fairy lights, which can either be powered by an extension lead, or an outdoor powerpoint.
Step 6: Add A Little Ambiance
A little bit of luxury is an essential element to any outdoor space. This could be in the form of a bar cart, some framed prints or a fresh lick of paint - this is your chance to take some of your interior style outside. Whether you’re entertaining your partner or your friends, adding a few glamorous items to your patio will transform this look into a sophisticated considered space.
When warm weather arrives, you can absolutely double your living space by simply stepping outside on to your balcony or patio. By following our basic guide for patio styling you can make your patio or balcony the most inviting room “in” your home.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our outdoor living product ranges.
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