With the end of summer drawing near, you may have a bit more time on your hands to attend to some of the items neglected in your outdoor space. As we transition to fall, this is an excellent time to take stock of your backyard oasis and assess what needs to be done to get it back into tiptop shape. These four fresh ideas for refreshing your patio should provide plenty of ideas to accomplish this project before holiday entertaining begins in earnest.
Clean, Clean, Clean
One of the simplest ways you can make your outdoor living space look fresh is by getting it sparkling clean. Start by sweeping away cobwebs beneath eaves and excess dirt on the ground surface. Then take a garden hose and spray everything down – from the outdoor furnishings to the patio pavers, the pool deck to the walls of your home, fences to awnings. Just this one simple act will get rid of the dust and dirt that hide the shine of fresh, clean surfaces. For exceptionally dirty surfaces, employ a stiff brush and a bucket of warm water with a splash of gentle outdoor furniture cleaner and protectant added.
If your outdoor furniture is rusty, the joints unstable or the upholstery is stained or ripped, the end of the summer season may be an excellent time to take care of it. We have an article on DIY cleaning and upkeep but if your pieces are in particularly bad shape, you may want to outsource the task of refurbishing and refreshing patio furniture to us.
Add an Accent
What can turn a blah backyard into a posh patio? Sometimes it is something as simple as one new decorative accent. This can be accomplished by adding a fresh coat of brightly hued paint to an outdoor feature such as gazebo posts or fence slats.
Even simpler than that is to incorporate a few new outdoor toss pillows in vivid patterns or a tablecloth in a cheerful color. You could accomplish the same by getting a new canopy for your outdoor umbrella or perhaps new upholstery for seating pieces. Refreshing your patio does not require any major changes, only a new accent to draw the eye.
Focus on a Focal Point
If you add just one new item to your backyard oasis this year, ensure it is something that makes a big impact. We are talking about a water fountain, fishpond, gazebo or outdoor gas fireplace. These are the types of statement pieces that create a new focal point sure to make refreshing your patio a breeze. Large statement features not only enhance the looks of your backyard or patio, they add to the value of your home as they become a permanent fixture.
When refreshing your patio, adding or supplementing the shade features you already have makes a big difference in terms of comfort and style. Not only can an outdoor umbrella or canopy provide welcome relief from the sun and rain, but they can also be used to divide areas into backyard “rooms.” By day, an umbrella protects from the sun’s rays and by night – especially with lights added to the canopy – and by night it defines an outdoor area perfect for dining al fresco or enjoying cocktails as the sun sets.
Sail shades, while usually providing less coverage, look great in a backyard oasis where the gorgeous view needs to take center stage.
These four ideas for refreshing your patio may just inspire you to spiff up your outdoor living space before fall.