Now that the tree pollen is finally settling down here in North Texas, it’s time to start thinking about getting the patio ready for summer. Dusting off the furniture and hosing down the patio sometimes reveals the need for an update of your outdoor living spaces. Without purchasing a new set of furniture, or resurfacing the concrete, here are some easy (and budget friendly) ways to give your patio a makeover this season and make your outdoor areas feel as welcoming as your interiors.
- Replace the cushions and add new pillows. Unless they are custom made for a special size, most patio stores and budget retailers keep replacement patio cushions in stock. New cushions are an easy way to update old furniture. Be aware that these easy fixes usually last only one or two seasons. Unless the fabric is specific for outdoor use and fade resistant, your royal blue cushions may turn baby blue by the end of summer. Same with outdoor pillows. However, if if your cushions or pillows are made from Sunbrella or (our favorite) Perennials they should last. (Unabashed plug: If you need help creating cushions or pillows, we carry Perennials and would love to help!)
- Add or change the area rug. Adding an outdoor area rug gives a finished look to the patio and will aid in furniture layout by defining the area. It can also cover up any imperfections in concrete, too. If you want to add color, bringing in a bright area rug can make boring patio set look dramatic.
- Add colorful pots to coordinate with your new pillows. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, adding pots to the patio brings a splash of color. If you can’t get anything to grow in your outdoor space, use the pots for storing (and hiding) sunscreen and other outdoor products.
Accessorize! Bring the indoors out by adding some of your favorite decor to you patio. Make sure anything you move outside can withstand the elements and wont fade in the sun.
- Paint the ceiling blue! If you have an enclosed patio, consider painting the ceiling blue. In the old days of the South, many porches and patios were painted “Haint Blue” to ward off evil spirits because it was believed the spirits would stay away from water and the blue paint would fool them. Blue porch ceilings are still seen all over the South today. Turns out, painting your outdoor ceilings any light shade of blue can deter bugs from nesting or building webs. It’s a beautiful look and adds a dramatic update to your patio or porch.
Even the smallest changes can make a big difference to your outdoor space. Adding a pop of color with pillows or potted plants can make the dreariest of patios seem fresh and sunny. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!