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Create an outdoor patio that’s fit for the cover of a magazine
Courtesy of ARA Content
As the weather gets nicer, there’s nothing better than expanding your living space to the great outdoors. Luckily, it’s easy and affordable to create a comfortable and chic outdoor room that’s perfectly put together. Use these quick tips and inspiring ideas to transform your deck, porch or patio into one you’ll be proud to show off.
Simply putting furniture on a deck or patio doesn’t create an inviting outdoor living area. Instead, be sure to look at the bigger picture. Start by viewing your patio as an extension of your home. As you would an interior room, be sure to incorporate a theme and color scheme into your new design.
Whether you have a lot…or only a little room on your patio, arrange the furniture so it is inviting for you and your guests to socialize. And, no need to buy new furniture to make your outdoor space look new. Instead, apply a fresh coat of stain or spray paint to your existing wood or metal furniture for a stylish and updated look.
Manufacturers such as Krylon offer spray products—such as its Exterior Semi-Transparent Spray Stain and Outdoor Spaces spray paint—to make it quick and easy to make over your patio. Both are available in the latest colors to complement any color scheme you choose. Best of all, they dry quickly, and provide superior protection against the outdoor elements.
Once your furniture is finished, use your revamped pieces as a focal point, along with some significant accessories. Layer color, textures and heights to give the space a pulled-together appearance. Incorporate colorful placemats and an interesting centerpiece on your table to set it apart. Place coordinating water-resistant pillows on a bench or chairs to bring the comfort of indoor living outside.
And don’t forget about under your feet; by adding an outdoor area rug or mat, you’ll have a cohesive and stylish space.
One of the greatest parts of having an outdoor living area is being able to include natural elements. Just like the indoors, nothing cheers up a room like strategically-placed fresh flowers. To keep your space functional and clutter-free, look for pots and planters that work with the overall layout of your space. If you have a balcony or long railing, try using flower boxes that can affix to them. Or, if you have the space for oversized pots and unique stands, simply place a few flowers in key spots to create a space that will make your neighbors green with envy.
In addition to flowers, fresh herbs can be a fragrant, beautiful and useful addition to your patio—especially if you enjoy cooking. They are extremely easy to grow and care for, so add a few decorative herb pots to spice up the look of your patio—and your summer dishes.
Next, get cozy in your outdoor space by adding an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit. You can snuggle with that someone special, roast marshmallows with friends or curl up with a good book on a cool night. Or, if you love to lounge, install a hammock to enjoy those lazy summer days. Finally, don’t forget about lighting. Stringing lights or lighting candles can make your patio seem magical at night and help create a great atmosphere when entertaining.
When updating your outdoor living space, remember to decorate like you would the indoors, for a pulled-together, chic outdoor space. And soon, by using a few of these ideas, you’ll create a picture-perfect patio in no time.
For more information about any Krylon products, visit www.krylon.com.
From the June 9-15, 2010 issue