Decorating Ideas



So, you've got yourself a patio but it isn't nearly as comfortable as you want it to be? Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can make your patio a more enjoyable and relaxing space. However, some improvements are cheaper, easier, and more effective than others.

Whether you've got a standard deck and barbecue area, or an exquisite Italian-style patio complete with trellises and Mediterranean furniture, the following four projects can add an extra layer of luxury, liveliness, and comfort to your patio:

1. Add an Awning

Sitting in direct sunlight isn't the most comfortable thing to do, especially on a hot summer or spring day. According to Miles Ahead Blinds and Awnings, a leading provider of home awnings in Melbourne, adding an awning is one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve the value of your home's exterior by creating a well-shaded area. Additionally, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you can find one that's perfect for any home.


2. Improve the Lighting

The sun takes care of the lighting during the day, but if you want to enjoy a well-lit patio at night, you're going to need some properly placed artificial lighting. However, going with the standard porch light or flood light might not set a very romantic mood. Instead, consider adding multi-coloured lights or dimmable bulbs for a more serene atmosphere. Generally, it's best to have a variety of lighting options available including an ultra-bright setting.


3. Convert to a Screened Patio

Of course, your patio can't be extremely comfortable if you're constantly being bothered by bugs. Converting a patio or porch to a screened-in area is a surprisingly simple and affordable project that can usually be completed within the span of a single day or weekend. Keeping bugs out of your patio area will also help to keep them from entering your home as you move in and out. Plus, it's much more convenient (and probably safer) than having to repeatedly apply spray-on bug repellent from an aerosol can.


4. Install a Sound System

Music can make any space feel more comfortable, especially when you're in the presence of nature. While you could just bring a wireless Bluetooth speaker outside with you on your patio, you'll get a better listening experience if you have separate, strategically placed speakers incorporated into an overall surround sound system. An additional upside of having such a system is that you can connect it to a portable projector to have movie nights on your patio.


5. Incorporate Italian Design

While there are many things you can do to incorporate Italian design into your patio's decor, the first things you may want to consider adding would be trellises, potted plants, hedges, a Mediterranean garden, and Italian-style tile or brick floors. Just those additions alone will add flair to your patio and make it more conducive to relaxation and introspect.


Decorating a Patio Shouldn't Take More Than a Couple Days

While some home improvement projects can drag on for weeks or even months, patio renovation and decoration shouldn't take you more than a week at the most, even if you're working on it at a leisurely pace.


Author's Bio: Alec Neufeld is a retired builder, now a freelance writer and part-time general fix it man. He has strong opinions on the use of alternate energy and is also an avid sports enthusiast.