Summer is here, which means it’s time to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle as much as possible. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a comfortable patio in which to do so, you might be in trouble.
Don’t settle for your drab, overused furniture and decor. Instead, spruce things up this year with a fresh makeover for your backyard space. Not only will this improve your rustic vibes, but it will also keep guests happy and content when you’re entertaining.
Invest in Quality Furniture
In all likelihood, the first and most important step in setting up your outdoor patio is having somewhere comfortable to sit and lounge. In other words, those hard, plastic chairs you’ve had for years have got to go.
Instead, find an outdoor patio set that’s lush and accommodating. A two- or three-person loveseat is a great option for encouraging conversation, while matching armchairs are good for any onlookers who want to join in the mix.
Additionally, cushions and pillows are your friends, so don’t be afraid to choose colors and patterns that are vibrant and fun. For example, one big color this year is coral; in fact, Pantone even dubbed it their 2019 Color of the Year.
Guests will also need places to set down their drinks, so don’t forget about accent and end tables. And if you plan on serving dinner to your guests, you’ll absolutely need an outdoor dining table with enough seating for everyone.
Add Some Mood Lighting
Giving everyone someplace to sit is a great start, but what happens when the sun sets? Unless you have some quality lighting, the party will be over, quickly. Keep things flowing into the midnight hour with some quality lamps or hanging bulbs.
Round pendant lights are an amazing look if you have a covered patio from which to hang them. But, if not, consider wrapping string lights around your banister or fence. This doesn’t mean you should dig out your old set of Christmas lights; instead, opt for vintage-style string lights that offer a timeless, nostalgic glow.
Stock an Outdoor Bar
Do you really want guests traipsing through your house every time they want a drink? If not, consider installing an outdoor bar somewhere on your patio. This doesn’t have to be a major investment — the simplest of options is grabbing a decorative cooler that will hold all the fresh beer, water or soda your guests are craving.
However, if you’d like to make things a little more exciting, add a fully stocked bar cart into the mix. This could be loaded up with your favorite liquors, mixers and wines. If you’re really committed to summer fun, you may even think about installing a tap system so you can have fresh beer or soda at a second’s notice.
Battle the Bugs
Easily the worst part of summer is the pests. Mosquitos, yellow jackets and ants are all active and ready to cause havoc. Don’t let your precious patio fall prey to these insects — instead, take back your space with the use of bug spray, citronella candles and zappers.
While it may seem like the right option, experts advise against using store-bought bug spray, as this can sometimes contain hazard chemicals. Instead, create your own concoction by using ingredients like lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary. If that still isn’t enough, consider installing a permanent bug zapper light that will attract and fry any incoming pests.
Spruce Things Up and Voilà — You Have a New Patio Space
Once you incorporate some of these changes to your patio, you’ll be able to host whatever shindigs your heart desires. Invite the coworkers over for a barbecue, round up your friends for a late-night drink fest, or even let your kids have over some classmates — the choice is yours.