Helpful Tips On How You Can Take Your Patio To The Next Level
With the weather starting to get warmer, there is no better time than now to be outside enjoying the glorious Aussie climate. One way to do this is by entertaining or simply relaxing on the patio. If yours is a little lacklustre or has seen better days, then this post is for you. Here are some ways you can take your patio to the next level ensuring you have the ultimate space coming into summer.
If your patio is on the smaller side, an effective way to take it to the next level is by extending it. This allows you to create a multi-purpose area that has many points of interest. Some great ideas include a lounge area, dining table, a bar or even an outdoor kitchen. When you have everything you need out on the patio, you don't have to spend your day going back and forth inside and out. If you can extend your patio, this will not only increase the enjoyment you get out of the space, but it can add considerable value to your home. While it is an initial cost, it pays for itself in the long run.
Inviting colour palates
Colour can have a huge impact on how big a space looks and how it feels when you see it. A simple and cost-effective way to improve the appearance of your patio is with a lick of paint. Patios that can benefit most from paint are those that perhaps have old, outdated colours or the space is lacking natural light. White paint can create the illusion of light and can give a patio a bright and airy look. Out-dated colours or old paintwork can make your patio look drab and uninviting. Before painting, it pays to do some research first. You should consider the existing colour palette of the home and choose colours that complement it. This will ensure you create unison between the two. If you can't paint, add colour through your furnishings.
Your patio flooring choice can drastically influence how good the space looks and how functional it is, and if they need updating, this should be your first point of call. Pavers are a top choice for many. They are come in endless options, are easy to install and are extremely durable. Did we mention they look fantastic? Pavers are one of the few outdoor flooring choices that are timeless. You can have confidence knowing that they will not only look great today but for decades to come. Stone pavers are popular as they add a natural element to the backyard and, this ties in with the greenery surrounding it. They typically have unique veins and textures which makes each paver unique. The great thing about pavers is, there is an option to suit every style of home and every budget.
Most of us have an outdoor setting in our patio area, but this alone can be a tad underwhelming. If you have enough room, it's always a good idea to add an outdoor lounge or similar. This provides a comfortable spot to casually lounge about in your free time or sit back and relax while catching up with friends and family. The more comfortable your patio area is, the more you'll want to go outside and spend time there. Adding a lounge is a great way to improve the aesthetics of the space, and more importantly, the comfort.
No patio is complete without some form of greenery directly in the area or surrounding it. They can add a visual impact and turn a relatively plain patio into something spectacular. They can add privacy and dimension to your outdoor area. When it comes to planting choices, you can have free rein on the types however, bigger plants with large foliage or screening plants will give more privacy than smaller potted versions or dwarf varieties. Just remember to choose plants suited to your climate, that way they will grow happily without a lot of work.
Add a fire pit
Fire pits are all the rage right now and, there is good reason for this. They add an interactive and conversational hub to your backyard. Everyone can gather around with a drink while toasting some marshmallows. As well as being a tonne of fun, fire pits can have practical purposes too. If your backyard lacks sufficient lighting, they can light up the space and add a luminous glow that creates the perfect ambience. Fires pits can range from large built-in permanent structures to small portable ones.
We hope this post has given you some inspiration when it comes to jazzing up your patio. While enhancing your patio on the surface level is always a good way to make it look more appealing, getting the foundational stuff right, such as the flooring and structural components is the best way to make the greatest impact. When you have this right and the finishes, you can create the most stunning and functional patio that'll be the envy of all your friends and family. If you have been considering laying some new pavers in your patio area, contact us here at Bonita Stone. We specialise in pavers for the modern-day home and business and would love to discuss your options with you. Get in touch today for more information.