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7 Simple Ways to Dress Up Your Patio

It’s a great feeling when your patio is newly completed, isn’t it? It’s just waiting for you to enjoy it! Even more good news — you don’t have to break the bank to dress it up. Keep reading to learn about seven simple and inexpensive things you can do to make your new outdoor living area look amazing and ready for entertaining friends and family.

Keeping your patio looking nice means you’ll need to sweep it from time to time and clean away any debris from trees and wildlife. You should also consider having it professionally cleaned and sealed.

But those are not the only things you can do to make your patio look good. The right pieces of furniture and accents can really make your patio stand out and ready for your next get-together. The bonus is that all of the items we’ve suggested below won’t cost you an arm and a leg! And, you can find them at your local home improvement stores, garden centers, and popular online retailers.

1. Adirondack Chairs

In addition to your patio chairs, you might need additional seating or have the perfect spot for Adirondack chairs. The chairs are built for reclining so grab your favorite throw and get comfortable! Adirondacks also have wide, sturdy arms to support you as you’re getting up and are wide enough for you to rest a glass, plate, or book. These chairs come in a variety of materials and colors and some models fold flat. Pair with a matching ottoman for a truly relaxing experience.

The cost of Adirondacks starts at $45.

2. Rugs and pillows

Outdoor rugs and pillows can add warmth to your space. You can also use them to add a pop of color to your patio. You can find outdoor pillows for under $10 and rugs for $20 at your local home goods stores. Be sure to measure your space before you go shopping. BTW, you can add pillows to your Adirondack chairs, too!

3. Container garden

Container plants are another great way to add color and style to your patio. They can also be used to create a beautiful focal point in your space.

The type and color of the containers you choose can reflect your personality (whether it be formal or fun) and be an extension of the architecture of your home. And, if you have a small space, container plants are perfect because you can pick the size best suited for your outdoor living area.

Remember, when looking for plants, you can get creative! And, we’d also suggest that you consider including sturdy perennials and plants that are native to your area.

Pricing for the plants you choose will vary at garden centers and you can find containers starting at $20.

5. Garden art

Garden art and decor can add a touch of whimsy and creative flair to the gardens that are adjacent to your patio. You can find small art pieces starting at $10 at garden supply stores or you take the DIY route and make a few yourself! It’s a great activity to do with children and you might just be able to use a few things you have in your shed.

If you decide to make something yourself, please send us a picture. We’d love to see it!

6. Fire pit

There’s nothing nicer than relaxing by the fire, especially as the weather starts getting chilly. In fact, one of the benefits of having a fire pit is that it can extend the use of your patio well after summer has made its exit. Besides, it’s also a great way to enjoy s’mores!

In addition to lanterns, fire pits add a bit of illumination and atmosphere to your patio. And, you can find them in a variety of sizes and styles to fit your space. Like garden art, fire pits don’t have to be elaborate. No matter what type you choose (wood, natural gas, or propane), be sure that it is installed safely and that it sits on a non-flammable surface.

You can find fire pits for $55 and up.

7. Bar carts

Patio bar carts make serving up drinks for your guests simple and easy. They are often on wheels so that you can move them around as you need to. And, they come in a variety of finishes and materials. Would you be surprised to learn that you can also build your own bar cart?

Pricing for bar carts can start as low as $62.

How will you start dressing up your patio? Share in the comments!

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