Many homeowners consider their patio area to be one of the best parts of their house and somewhere that they feel really comfortable and relaxed in.
A patio area can be a reflection the type of person that we are and a chance to showcase our interests and personalities. If you simply want a patio that consists of just a deck and a few lawn chairs, look away now.
If you want some inspiration, ideas and pointers on how to put together the perfect environment for your lifestyle, here are some thoughts to guide you on how to install a patio that you will love to spend time on.
Wrought iron elegance
An excellent way of creating an elegantly defined patio area is to use wrought iron lawn furniture.
There is a timeless elegance about any piece of furniture that has been crafted in this way and there are quite a few ranges available that will not stretch the bank balance as much as others. Shop around for a look that you really like and contrast the black of the wrought iron with classy cream cushioned seating and some decorative patio plants to create a classic or even contemporary look depending on how you go about it.
Tea room at home
A lot of us like to enjoy the tea room experience and treat ourselves with a few fancy items to eat along with a cup of tea served out of fine bone china.
Tulle netting is perfect for draping gazebo posts and you can even use this light and attractive material to decorate the patio table and chairs, so that the tea room experience is available in your own back garden whenever you want it.
Al fresco dining
If you really enjoy the outdoors, then you will want to use your patio area as much as possible. You could embrace the concept of Al fresco dining and create your own outside dining area for entertaining family and friends.
Creating a permanent dining area is not always going to be to everyone’s taste but you can at least decorate and furnish the area so that your patio offers you the versatility to enjoy an outdoor dining experience when you want it, and a place to relax and unwind the rest of the time.
All things aquatic
You might want to consider an aquatic concept for your patio area. This can be easily achieved if you design your area to include some brightly coloured fish on display and it is a design idea that works really well if you have a hot tub on the patio or nearby.
It would be simple to elaborate on the nature theme by using bug or butterfly patterned tablecloths and accessories that accentuate the aquatic and wildlife nature of your patio design.
A patio of all seasons
If you are really serious about making the most of your patio area, you may want to think about transform your outdoor living space with a louvred opening and closing roof.
Having a permanent feature like an opening and closing roof system will make such a difference to how you view and use your patio space. Having a roof over your patio area or having the sides enclosed to protect from the elements, will give you a lot of freedom to really get the most out of your outdoor living area.
Make the most of your patio area and get to work dreaming up the perfect setting for your personality and lifestyle. In no time at all, you could be relaxing in an altogether more inspiring environment that you call home.
GUEST BLOGGER: Oliver Sherwin entertains every weekend, often outside in his patio. When he’s not planning the next get-together, he’s sharing his insights with others on the web.