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Turning a Patio Into a Chic, Outdoor Retreat

After a busy day, one of the most relaxing things to do is to sit down in a place where you can commune with nature. You usually do it on your patio. And since it is your haven of peace and comfort, turning it into a chic, outdoor retreat is a great idea.

After a busy day, one of the most relaxing things to do is to sit down in a place where you can commune with nature. You usually do it on your patio. And since it is your haven of peace and comfort, turning it into a chic, outdoor retreat is a great idea.

The right plan, furniture, and accessories can amazingly transform your humble space into a stylish private entertainment spot. Why not splurge a bit for a long overdue patio makeover?

Pick a purpose

How do you want to use it? Do you want to entertain guests in this area or turn it into a personal sanctuary to think, meditate, read or write? Your purpose will determine how you will furnish it.

Dress it up

Create a luxe vibe by dressing up your patio from top to the bottom. Construct a roof if it is an open space. Jazz it up with new linoleum, floor mats or layered carpets. Place attractive outdoor rugs. Place extra-squishy floor cushions. Scatter some throw pillows. Hang gauzy curtains which serve as temporary walls to protect your privacy.

Set the mood with lights

Install lights that make a statement. Pendant lights in rattan setting, standing lamps, and twinkle lights are great additions. Exterior lights create varied atmosphere settings. Use them to highlight a centerpiece, an architectural piece or anything that you cherish.

Include a nap or lounge spot

Add a lounge chair, a daybed or a hammock where you can blissfully rest your weary mind and body. This is your special spot where you sip your morning coffee or just want to put up your feet.

Be Zen

To enhance the sense of calmness and relaxation, opt for monochromatic colors. Choose zen-inspired furnishings to create harmony. Put scented candles. Use essential oils and linen spray scents to invoke serenity.

Bring in Nature

Potted or hanging plants add life and vibrancy to the patio. A little greenery spot provides a sense of connectivity to nature and the Universe. Your outdoor retreat won’t be complete without them.

If you do not have green thumbs or want to avoid the hassle of maintaining real plants, use faux hedges to add green in the area.

Choose multi-functional furniture

If you have a tiny patio, furniture that can be used for other purposes is ideal. A bench can be used as a seat, a table or a drink bar. Add chairs with hidden storage. Garden stools are the perfect alternative to a table or chair. They save space and allows you to move freely.

Create a focal point

Make a fairy garden or a miniature garden in a box, pot, tray or basket. Light it up and display. You can also add a small fire pit to warm you up during cold nights. If you have an extra budget, install a fireplace.

Hang arts and mirror

Adorn an outdoor wall with art pieces that you love. You can also use framed posters, wood signs, wrought iron and other interesting pieces.

Mirrors with exquisite frames are great wall decor. They add sophistication and visually expands the outdoor space.

Heating Up Outdoor Space During the Rainy Season

Do not let rain steals the fun of entertaining in your outdoor space. There are creative ways to make your patio warm and functional during winter time or wet season. It is important to keep your backyard entertainment area comfortable for your guests and your family as well.

Do not let rain steals the fun of entertaining in your outdoor space. There are creative ways to make your patio warm and functional during winter time or wet season. It is important to keep your backyard entertainment area comfortable for your guests and your family as well.

A few practical changes can transform your outdoor area into a perfect haven that can withstand chilly temperature.

Build a rooftop

A roof provides protection against the rain. It keeps the patio dry and warm during a cold weather.

Block the cold with curtains, etc.

Encircle the space with beautiful curtains just like a tropical cabana. You can also use aluminum outdoor shutters, patio blinds or bamboo roll-up shades to block the cold wind.

Build an open fireplace

A fireplace is a fantastic addition to outdoor space. A stone fireplace can become a focal point on your patio. It would be fun to gather your family or friends and light it up to warm everybody. Aside from its aesthetic and functional value, a fireplace brings intimate and cozy atmosphere.

Install a fire pit

It is a more affordable and modern option for heating a small outdoor space. It is an excellent source of warmth during intimate or group gatherings. Another great idea is to put a small fire pit on a patio table. Make sure that there is a fire break that surrounds the fire pit for safety and protection of everyone.

Place outdoor heater

Heat up your patio with heaters that come in different sizes and forms. You can choose among electric space heater or gas-powered heaters that can be mounted on the ceiling or wall. There are tabletop, hanging and standing or floor-lamp types that can add warmth and coziness to your outdoor space. For temporary need, a heater that is designed as a wood-burning stove or a traditional fireplace is a good choice.

Use heated floors

Instead of traditional floor material, why not opt for heated floors. It exudes gentle heat on the patio and keeps your toes warm.

Bring out indoor furniture

House furniture is much comfier compared to plastic or metal-made outdoor furniture. Make your patio looking more attractive and warmer by bringing out an upholstered sofa or chairs.

Cozy up with pillows and blankets

Make your patio visually attractive and exuding with warmth by placing colorful pillows, blankets or thick scarfs on the couch. You can also place a big basket with assorted throws and pillows in a nook so your guests can easily get one if they feel cold.

Spread attractive-looking rugs across the area

Warm up your concrete floors with outdoor rugs. They certainly make your entertaining area extra cozy and looking chic.

Light candles

Create a romantic and welcoming ambiance with scented candles which also provide soft lighting. They are less expensive and comes in different scents. You can also buy portable candles which can be placed in various corners of the area.

Place a hot tub

Why not? A hot tub is a perfect place to enjoy a cool night. Relax, stargaze or simply close your eyes and enjoy the warm water.

How to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

Having a well-defined outdoor space can be tough at times when you have bare spaces like an untended garden, boring lanai or plain balcony and even a dull outdoor nook full of weeds and dry leaves.These outdoor open spaces are your relaxing getaway spot from your household monotony or where you destress from your work by indulging on a good book.

Having a well-defined outdoor space can be tough at times when you have bare spaces like an untended garden, boring lanai or plain balcony and even a dull outdoor nook full of weeds and dry leaves.These outdoor open spaces are your relaxing getaway spot from your household monotony or where you de-stress from your work by indulging in a good book.

So how can you achieve a lovely, cozy, warm and relaxing ambiance of your favorite spot to relax your mind and body? It may be the perfect time for you to de-clutter and rearrange your garden, lanai or balcony. Let’s have these tips for an outdoor living space makeover.

Maximize Your Available Space

If you have an unused corner or an empty lanai or balcony, you can utilize the space by creating a conversation area with seating arrangement out of it. Opt-in for a well-built but comfy furniture pieces that you can use for lounging around and serve as your reading corner.

Make An Extra Area For Dining And Entertainment

The lanai is a perfect extension of your dining area. It serves as additional entertaining space for light afternoon snacks or an evening shared over a bottle of wine with some friends. Just put some louvers or trellis for outdoor shade for sunny afternoons in your small lanai.

But, if you want to have a well-defined outdoor dining area, put up a pergola to make it cozier and gives a shade from the sun’s heat. To achieve a stylish, finished look, just hang a few lights from the pergola so you can use it even on evenings. You can also have a criss-cross pattern for your pergola adding interest overhead rather than running all the beams in one direction. Painting it bright against warm-hued furniture or pillows can also improve the cozy dining ambiance.

Unique Furniture Pieces or Lightings

Adding unique furniture pieces or lightings like sconces of different shapes and hung at varying levels bring a fun, centerpiece to enliven a plain-looking outdoor room. This will not only make it more interesting but extends your outdoor space’s hours by hanging beautiful lighting sconces.

Create Levels Of Your Patios

You can achieve more spacious vista and texture to your boring patio by creating levels and steps which will provide areas to entertain, dine and relax in your outdoor spaces. Recycling rustic metal steps to connect your gravel or earthen floor with your wooden flooring can give a natural elegant space with an industrial touch.

Putting Up A Double Purpose Accent Wall

A stylish accent wall can serve as an attractive backdrop for your outdoor kitchen added with lush, tall slender plants while giving you the privacy you need from your neighbors.

A Warm And Inviting Fireplace

You can make your outdoor living space stunning by highlighting your fireplace and arranging a variety of eating options with a dining table, bar stools and chairs for the perfect entertaining spot beside the fireplace.

A Perfect Spot to Sit

An outdoor bench, a hanging hammock or even a nice swing can add a nice aesthetic and cozy seating to your deck, patio or outdoor living space. A perfect spot to curl up with a good read and just relax in the mood and ambience of the garden or scenery.

Have A Fountain Installed

A sound of moving and flowing water from a fountain can add to the relaxing mood and be the focal point of any sunken, outdoor space where you just enjoy an afternoon nap.

Keep it Clean And Cute

Just remember to always keep any outdoor living space clean from any stagnant water where pesky mosquitoes might breed or you can grow some herbs and plants in cute pots to make them into decorative focal living pieces in any outdoor space you have.

Try these simple guides to improve your outdoor living spaces into a cozier, aesthetically-pleasing and relaxing outdoor spot to enjoy yourself or with family and friends.