Now that summer has firmly set in for the long haul (yay!), we’re doing everything we can to take advantage of the beautiful weather and longer days.
This means spending as much time outside as possible, and whether you’re just lounging around at home by yourself, or hosting some friends for a fabulous braai, we suspect your patio (or whatever outdoor area you have) is going to quickly become your favourite spot in the home.
Regardless of whether it’s big or small or covered or open, you want it to be comfortable, so here are some perfect patio ideas; combined with these clever DIY ways to enhance your outdoor space, you’re sure to have the most amazing time outside.
1. Keep it comfy
Even the best patio ideas aren’t going to keep you comfortable. Although, you do need to think practically when it comes to outdoor furniture in terms of it being able to brave the elements, this doesn’t mean it’s got to be rigid, boring and uncomfortable.
These days, there are plenty of weatherproof options beyond your standard metal or plastic furniture, and they look chic and are more than comfy enough to spend a few hours lounging around on. Add a range of colourful scatters (these you may have to remove and store in a stylish box or basket), and voila!
2. Put a rug on it.
We often overlook usual décor pieces when decorating an outside space, but something like a great rug can really tie a it all together, making your patio feel like its very own room by bringing some colour and style to it.
You’ll need to buy an outdoor-friendly rug, and the bonus of these is that they can be hosed down when dirty. Be brave and bring in a bold colour with some print on your rug — you won’t be sorry!
3. Spaced out
Whatever the size and shape of your space and whichever patio ideas you choose to use, you need to make them work for your needs. If you entertain often, you’ll need to make sure that you have a fair amount of seating– even if you store some of it away when it’s not in use. If you’re lucky enough to have a large space, consider having different areas — like a lounging area and a dining area.
In a smaller space, you’ll have to make it multifunctional — just make sure you don’t try squeeze a 12-seater table into a space that’s only big enough for 6 people. Rather consider a corner couch and a small coffee table — you’ll be able to seat more people, and in a casual setting, your guests will be happy to eat on their laps.
4. Light it up.
It might be an outside space, but you don’t want to have to chase your guests away once the sun goes down. Our summer nights are fabulous, so make sure you get to enjoy those too and put up sufficient lighting.
Beautiful fairy lights and lanterns are great additions to your lighting, and with all the solar light options available these days, your electricity bill shouldn’t need to feel the burn. We’ve got your patio lights sorted with DIY outdoor lights.
5. That’s shady.
One thing that’s always important when it comes to an outside space is making sure that you’ve got shade — especially if your patio isn’t covered. There’s nothing that makes people quite as uncomfortable as feeling like they’re melting, and it’s also not great for food.
There are plenty of options when it comes to outdoor umbrellas, but you could even bring out your beach gazebo if you don’t want to spend money. If you have a beautiful large tree in your garden, consider taking advantage of its shade and set your table — or even rather opt for a picnic-like set up — under the tree. However, if this is a space you use more often than not, think of building a more permanent shade structure — especially one that will keep you dry when it’s raining, making your patio that much more user friendly.