No matter where you live in the United States, an outdoor patio can be a great extension to your home. Whether you’re lounging out by the pool, throwing some food on the grill or enjoying a few cold drinks while watching the sun set, an outdoor patio is a perfect spot to relax and entertain your family and friends.
However, as the seasons come and go, that once inviting patio may need a face lift. If you find yourself under utilizing your outdoor space, or if you just want to spice things up before an upcoming gathering, here are five simple ways to improve your outdoor patio.
- Get Cooking with an Outdoor Grill
Everyone loves a good meal off the grill. Whether you’re cooking burgers, steaks, or vegetable kabobs, a grill can provide a great way to entertain or just to switch things up for a weekday dinner. You can choose your grill based on the size of your outdoor space and how you plan to use it. For example, a built-in grill will look great aesthetically, and feature convenient functional elements, but will be a permanent fixture. On the other hand, an on-cart grill has the benefit of added mobility in case you want to rearrange your outdoor setting.
- Block out the Elements with a Patio Umbrella
Whether it’s from a short drizzle or scorching heat, a patio umbrella can make you and your guests feel more comfortable. A picnic table umbrella will improve the enjoyment of your meals, while a cantilevered pool umbrella can give you some much-needed cover as you relax during a hot day. Aluminum, wood and fiberglass are three different types of patio umbrellas that can help improve your outdoor experience and provide some nice decoration as well.
- Extend the Season with a Patio Heater
Just because autumn comes around doesn’t mean your outdoor entertainment has to end. A patio heater can provide a much more comfortable environment when the weather cools off. It can also extend your outdoor fun into the fall season, or get it started earlier in the spring. In addition to the good functionality, modern heaters can bring some decorative value to your patio as well.
- Set the Scene with Outdoor Lighting
For a late-night party or get together, or even an evening swim at the pool, outdoor patio lighting can really transform your space. In addition to the practical value, lighting can help the patios ambiance by highlighting parts of your backyard you may want to show off, such as trees or flowers.
- Enhance Your Seating Area
In addition to other seating, such as lounge chairs and bar stools, there are numerous benefits to having an outdoor sofa. For starters, a sofa can provide a nice, comfortable, cozy option for you and your guests. It’s also a bigger seating option for a group of people to relax and have a good conversation. For a homeowner, it’s also a good spot to sit back, relax and read a book during some much-needed alone time.
An outdoor space can really be viewed not only as an entertaining space, but also as an extension of your home. Whether lounging in the warmer months, or grilling in the colder seasons, with the right touches of comfort, your patio can be utilized year round.
Chris Dietrich is a furniture specialist with Patio Living. For more information on outdoor furniture and patio designs, visit patioliving.com.