If you don’t want a deck – or your home is just not suitable for such an addition – a well laid patio can be a wonderful alternative. Patios offer the advantage that they can be created almost anywhere in your backyard, are relatively affordable to construct and are usually easier to maintain than a deck, especially if you choose an easy care, durable patio creation method like interlock pavers.
The patio itself is just a base though and it is up to you to then decorate it as you see fir to transform it from a functional but slightly plain outdoor living space into something truly spectacular. Here are a just a few ideas you can draw a little inspiration from that are easy to implement and very affordable:
Raise a Roof
To give your patio a sheltered, slightly more private the simple addition of a temporary canopy can be all it takes to begin to create a space that looks stunning during the summer months but then is easy to ‘take apart’ and store when the colder weather sets in. Canopies like the one above are just one option to consider and as such things can be found at all price points it is a simple patio tweak that won’t break your home decor budget.
Indoor Decor Style Outdoors
Another very easy – but temporary – way to add visual interest to your patio area is to head to the local home goods store and invest in some great matching chair cushions and outdoor rugs. As you can see in the picture about about ten minutes worth of work can make a huge visual impact.
Create a Cozy Cafe
Have you ever seen those beautiful street cafes on TV and thought how wonderfully romantic it would be to head to one? Well why imagine such things when it is so easy to turn your own patio into your very own cozy corner cafe. All you need is a bistro set, maybe a few cans of spray paint and a little imagination (as well as some really good coffee as well of course!)
Add some Living Color
One of the easiest ways to add some instant colour to your outdoor living space to invite the local bird population to your yard. In order to do so add a birdhouse to a corner of your patio that is a little more secluded, fill it with some tasty bird friendly treats and then sit back and be treated to a free live show as the avian population begin to realise that your place really is the place to be!
Yard Sale Chic
The summer months are great for yard saling and you can create a truly eclectic but attractive shabby chic style patio with the bits and pieces you find, as was the case for the owners of the outdoor space pictured above.