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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.