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3 Ideas To Jazz Up Your Patio For Spring and Summer

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 24, 2014
Warm weather is just around the corner, and soon everyone will be outdoors, enjoying the patio and lawn. Of course, to encourage the family to take advantage of your home’s outdoor living areas, you should make your porches, decks, and patios as comfortable and attractive as possible. You can use these three tips to jazz up your outdoor living areas for spring and summer.

1. Use Color.

Mother Nature provides a rainbow of colors to make the world a beautiful place. However, for some reason, many people stick to browns and grays for their outdoor furnishings. This year, take your cue from nature and add bursts of color to the decor. Spice up wooden benches and chairs with a coat of glossy paint in brilliant red, yellow, or green. Add some interest to neutral chair cushions by adding throw pillows in cheerful orange, blue, or purple. You can coordinate the outdoor furnishings with the plantings in the flower beds for a unified appearance to your outdoor living areas.

2. Water is Relaxing.

At the end of a long day, nothing is more relaxing than sitting outdoors and listening to the restful sound of moving water. Some people install large ponds and waterfalls near their patios. However, much simpler water features can sill add the atmosphere without the cost or maintenance of a pond. Low-maintenance patio water features can be as small as a tabletop bubbling bowl or be as large as a wine barrel. Goldfish can live happily in water features that can hold just four or five gallons of water.

3. Shed Some Light On It.

Lighting is one of the most overlooked aspects of outdoor decor, but it can really change the feeling of an outdoor area. Additionally, having a well-lit patio means that this lovely area can still be used long after the sun goes down for the night.

Candles and lanterns yield a romantic ambiance to the patio when placed on small tables, while rope lighting exudes an upbeat, party atmosphere. You can also buy electric lighting that looks like paper lanterns to string above the patio for a festive appearance.

You should always have the pathways of your custom home well-lit for safety. Solar powered path lights can provide just enough lighting for safety without adding to the monthly electric bill. Illuminating particular parts of the landscaping with low-wattage spotlights can also add interest to the patio at night.

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+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com