If you are fortunate enough to have an outdoor living space, take time to give it a cozy, welcoming aesthetic. Here are a few simple tips to create a relaxing patio where you can entertain family and friends or just enjoy some outside space. Upgrading your patio encourages the family to spend more time outdoors.

Create a Relaxing Patio by Boosting Privacy

It’s hard to enjoy a relaxing evening in the backyard if you feel like your neighbors are watching your every move. With or without nearby neighbors, you’ll feel more comfortable when you add privacy around your patio area.

Get creative with your options. Consider adding fast-growing evergreen shrubs as a barrier or install a trellis and then plant climbing vines to cover it. Build a privacy screen around your patio area with old pallets or make an upright frame and hang curtains.

Add Comfortable Furnishings

To make your patio space more inviting, add fabrics to soften and warm the area. Throw pillows are a great touch that add comfort and color to outdoor spaces. Curtains are another attractive option. They add personality and privacy and can act as a wind barrier. Use an indoor/outdoor rug to brighten the patio and to make the area feel like an extension of your indoor living space.

Add a Drink Station

Whether you enjoy a beer, a cocktail, or simply a glass of cold iced tea, your patio will benefit from a serving station. When you have a bar outdoors, you won’t have to get up and go inside for a drink. If you enjoy entertaining family and friends, an outdoor bar makes things convenient and easy.

Your bar may be as simple as a small shelf with a few glasses, some essential barware, and a mini-fridge. You could also build a bar out of an old cabinet, bookshelf, or rolling cart. Find a durable tray to hold bottles and cans, set drinkware on shelves, and use baskets to store a corkscrew, ice tongs, bottle openers, and other accessories.

Choose Comfortable Furniture

Add the right furniture for how you want to use the space. If you want a relaxing area, add lounge chairs or hang a few hammocks. Buy comfortable cushions for your furniture and add a throw blanket for texture and warmth.

Add Accessories to Create a Relaxing Patio

It can be uncomfortable on a hot summer day with the sun directly overhead. Add shade to your patio with an awning, shade sail, or a patio umbrella. Potted plants add color to your outdoor living spaces. Add concrete planters with brightly colored flowers and install hanging baskets to grow low-maintenance greenery. A sunlit patio is also a great place to grow fresh herbs for cooking.

A few simple upgrades will make your patio a more inviting place to spend time. Family and friends will enjoy the space and you will have your own private place to unwind after a long day.

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