So you’ve decorated your living room, your dining room, your bedrooms, the hallway and the entertainment room, but what about the outdoor patio décor? This seems to be always the last on the room decorations list since the patio is usually reserved for activities with family members or close friends, where you can put practically anything and nobody would mind. But the outdoor patio is actually one of the most interesting parts of the house to decorate.
A Private Area for the Family
Since the outdoor patio is a place where you would want to have your private family activities, your outdoor patio décor should create some privacy. If you have a low fence, you may have to put some kind of a barrier to prevent your neighbors or the passers-by to peek into your private activities. But you would not want to put up some structure that would block off your own view and make the place look cramped. You would rather have something natural like a row of palm trees, or a trellis with climbing vines, or hanging plants suspended from the branches of a tree.
Partitioning the Area
Think of the things you would want to do on your outdoor patio. These would determine the way you will lay out the area, and the kind of outdoor patio décor you will have to install. Are you thinking of activities like barbecuing, playing games, singing and drinking, or just having conversation?
If you are thinking of barbecuing, then you should set off a corner where you can make fire with the smoke not getting into the people gathered at the sitting or eating area. You may also have to set up a small counter for placing the food to be cooked on.
An important part of your outdoor patio décor would be the furniture. Remember that these furniture will be exposed to sun, wind, rain and snow, and should withstand all these elements. Your furniture, therefore, should be made of sturdy material and can be maintained easily. If you want to put covers, they should be washable.
The furniture for your outdoor patio décor should match the kind of activities you want to do on your patio. You may have to have a long picnic table and benches for eating, or a small round table and chairs for tea and refreshments. You may want to put up a shelf at the covered part of the patio for some reading material, CDs, or materials for hobbies you intend to do on your patio.