6 Ways to Shake Up Your Patio
Patio furniture doesn’t go in and out of style quite as quickly as other home decor items. There are aspects of patio furniture design and style that will always be popular like high-quality materials, and comfy cushions. These 6 trends will take your patio from ok to fabulous.
Having the right lighting for your patio can make a world of difference when you’re hosting friends and family, or just relaxing on your own. In today’s world, it is easier than ever to find LED lights that can be easily controlled by your phone. Being able to change the color and intensity of LED’s around your patio means that you’ll quickly have the proper lighting for any occasion.
If you don’t want to mess with installing lights, there are other easy solutions. Hanging string lights is a tried and true method of nailing the perfect vibe.
|Many string lights are heavy duty and shatterproof so they’ll last through any bad weather. Additionally, most come with a remote allowing you to dim or change the color of the lights.
Floor lamps are a great way to add some light to your patio as well as a pop of color. There are some awesome options with fun, colorful bases that will bring some life to your patio set up.
A final option for finding the perfect lighting is to try patio umbrellas with built-in LED lights. They offer protection from the sun during the day and light up your space at night.
- Mixed Materials
||This is a trend that we have seen grow over the past couple of years. You’ll see plenty of teak, wicker, cast iron, and aluminum patio furniture, and they all look great. What will make your outdoor living space stand out will be unique patio furniture pieces that utilize a mix of materials.
Some common examples you’ll see are wicker furniture with a cast aluminum frame, cast aluminum and cast iron with sling fabrics, teak and aluminum, etc.
|Mixing materials is a way to stand out from the crowd. Having the same boring beige all plastic patio furniture might be cheap, but it’s not cool, interesting, or all that fun. When you’re hosting, you want to impress and entertain.
- Dual Purpose Furniture
Dual purpose furniture is becoming increasingly popular as a way to effectively deal with a lack of space. You’ll see it utilized on balconies and smaller patios, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use them for a larger space.
|A common use is for storing cushions during bad weather, but can also be utilized in many other space-saving capacities. You can even find some interesting DIY tutorials which show people turning storage space in furniture into coolers!
Dual purpose furniture fits in with the general theme simple and functional. Overly extravagant patio furniture pieces look amazing and can be a cool novelty, but you have to consider how often you’ll use it to its full potential. Dual purpose options have a way of making you feel good as a buyer because you know you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
- Mixing Indoor and Outdoor
Mixing indoor and outdoor furniture is a trend that started to develop in 2018. The idea of blurring the line between indoor and outdoor isn’t a totally new or foreign concept. In ancient Rome, many of the middle and upper-class families had houses with indoor/outdoor courtyards and large gardens inside.
That might be an excessive example, but the point is that it is human nature to enjoy the blending of indoors and outdoors. We have a great article about the best ways to use outdoor furniture indoors that’s worth a look for some quick design inspiration.
||Current patio trends show off different kinds of designs, materials, and styles that will fit in with any outdoor living space.
This trend is most noticeable in the outdoor dining spaces. Patio kitchens and bars have skyrocketed in popularity, which means choosing the right furniture for a seating area is going to become important.
There are a a few classic options you can go with when designing your “indoor/outdoor” space. Do you want a full dining set? A bistro set? Maybe you have a patio that’s big enough for both! The opportunities are endless.
- Fire Pits
|Fire pits are an excellent way to bring your patio to the next level. Maybe the thought of having a fire pit on your patio sounds a little intimidating. Luckily, there are plenty of options when it comes to patio fire pits.
One great aspect of patio fire pits is that they act as a focal point for your patio. Having an interesting focal point makes your patio feel larger, and works as a gathering point for you and your guests. It can be a warm summer evening or a cold winter night, the patio fire pit makes it feel like it’s a good idea to be outside at any time of the year.
Having a colorful patio is one of the biggest trends lately. Not only does is adding color popular, having unique pieces is a great way to spice up your patio. There are so many different ways to add color that you’re sure to find something that fits your space perfectly.
Utilizing recycled plastic patio furniture to add fun colors is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to jump on this trend. Not only is it sustainable, the colors don’t fade and there are many different options.
Another easy way to add color is to add some fun throw pillows to your patio set up. If you don’t want to splurge on Sunbrella pillows, you can always buy some fun standard throw pillows that won’t last quite as long, but won’t break the bank.
Looking to spruce up your outdoor living space? Take advantage of these 6 great trends and ask your local pool or hot tub retailer for more ideas.
– Great patio lighting
– Mixing materials for your patio furniture
– Dual purpose patio furniture
– Fire pits as a focal point
– Mixing the indoors and outdoors
– A colorful patio