Patios are highly sought-after in the real estate market. In theory, they are idyllic places to relax and entertain friends. In reality though, when it comes to decorating, patios usually sit pretty low on the priority list. They often stay empty or even act as extra storage space for large items that don’t fit into the bachelor pad. But with a bit of time and effort, you can transform your outdoor space into a comfortable place to socialize and unwind. The best rule of thumb is to treat your patio or balcony like any other room in your home – give its appearance the same amount of attention as the living room, and it will be just as popular.
Start with a clean slate. The first order of business is to tidy up the area. Toss any dead plants or trash that may have accumulated. Make any necessary cosmetic repairs, such as repainting railings or replacing broken stepping-stones. Run a wet sponge over all flat surfaces to remove all dirt and build-up. Now your patio is prepped and ready to fill with furniture.
Furnish your space. There are certain bachelor pad necessities that hold true for both interior spaces and patios alike. You’ll want to add comfortable seating, and a table if space allows. The pieces that you choose for your outdoor space can be an extension of your existing bachelor pad furniture; however, it can also be a great opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with different styles. Popular trends lately include Moroccan (think trellis patterns, hookahs and decorative floor pillows), and South Pacific (more of a tropical feel with tiki torches and wicker chairs). Also, it’s worth noting that you should make sure to purchase weather resistant materials such as teak furniture and polyester pillows.
Next, add some greenery. It is an outdoor space, after all. For a modern, structured look, buy a few matching topiaries to frame the perimeter of your patio or balcony. Looking for something more tropical? Try a tall palm in a colorful planter to add a bit of drama. Or to achieve a more organic look, fill large pots with a variety of plants, grasses and flowers.
Last, add some ambiance. No bachelor pad layout is complete without strategically placed lighting. Set a solar powered lantern in the center of your table for an easy, cordless option. A string of globe lights will cast a warm overhead glow if hung above the patio, while a few citronella candles will cast a flattering light over your guests.
These tips and tricks will have you well on your way to outdoor comfort in no time.
All it takes to make the most out of your patio this season is a bit of effort and a few bucks. Which will seem like a small price to pay once you’re enjoying a beer al fresco with your friends.
By Faith Towers