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10 Ways to Pimp Out Your Patio (or Deck or Back Porch)

posted: 06/02/16
by: Katie Morton
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    Create Your Own Slice of Heaven

    There’s nothing better than enjoying warm summer days (and nights) outside. If you’re lucky enough to have a deck, back porch, or patio, then you know how relaxing it can be to spend time in nature. Just being outside is a nice treat, but with just a few decorating tweaks, you can instantly upgrade your space. With these pro tips on how to pimp out your patio, your outdoor area will soon be your favorite summer retreat.

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    1. Mimic Five-Star Hotel Lounges

    Create a stunning outdoor lounge using a few key items. Start with a couch or a day bed, some potted plants and hanging lanterns. Look around your home to see if there are any pieces of furniture you no longer use, which can be repurposed for your outdoor space. A coat of waterproof colorful paint can be transformative. Who says a forgotten coffee table collecting dust in the basement can’t find new life as an outdoor piece?

    A photo posted by Style at Home (@styleathome) on

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    2. Add Color and Pattern with Outdoor Rugs

    Outdoor rugs are designed to fare well in all weather and resist fading from the sun. Use rugs to pull together your seating area or add pops of color. If you want a more eclectic vibe, simply layer rugs in various patterns and colors for a bohemian feel.

    A photo posted by TaylorGates (@tgatesstyle) on

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    3. Earth, Wind & Fire

    An outdoor fire pit adds instant ambience and elevates the cool factor. Adults will adore the flattering glow of the flames, while the kids will beg to make S’mores.

    A photo posted by Jamie (@bluestonehill) on

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    4. Hang a Vintage Sign

    A cool, distressed sign adds instant chic. Search second-hand shops for a piece you love. If you’re handy with tools, why not make your own bespoke accent piece? And for those not-so-crafty types, you can buy one off Etsy!

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    5. Customize Your Space with Accessories

    Accessories add a personalized touch to any outdoor space. For instance, gorgeous plant pots create warmth and personality. However, be careful to not overdo it with the accessories--too much clutter can detract from the peaceful outdoor vibe. And don't forget about lighting, either! Try stringing holiday lights, paper lanterns, or even use candles to create a little ambiance.

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    6. Bring The Party Outside

    Drinks on the veranda, you ask? Doesn’t that sound lovely! A glass or chrome bar cart serves as both a serving piece and outdoor decor. Distressed metal drink tubs are trendy and useful for summer entertaining. Look for shatterproof glassware to stock your cart, so that a dropped glass doesn’t put a damper on the fun.

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    7. Use All Your Space

    Even the smallest outdoor space can transform into a gorgeous hideaway with the right touches. Look at this vertical garden Ciera Design Studio created with cerulean aluminum cans and vibrant potted flowers. Use your creativity and imagination to create the perfect DIY project to spruce up your space.

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    8. Embrace the Quirk

    Formality need not apply to patio decor. If you find a charming piece, which speaks to you, then find a home for it on your patio! For inspiration, check out this whimsical carriage-wheel bench.

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    9. Hang a Hammock

    What better place to pass the summer days with a good book than in a hammock. Add some shade with an umbrella and you have the perfect resting spot to recharge and relax.

    A photo posted by PatioLiving (@patioliving) on

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    10. Display a Beautiful Art Piece

    Art doesn’t need to stay inside. Just look at this breathtaking glass mosaic! A durable weatherproof piece of art adds instant visual interest to your outdoor space.