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Patio Inspo: 9 Ways to Update Your Backyard This Summer

How to create the perfect summer patio

Patios are the perfect summer hangout spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Now that it's sunny and warm, it's the perfect time to spice up your patio and take it to the next level! Need a little inspiration? Check out these tips and tricks to create your perfect summer patio oasis:

 

Use outdoor furniture that's waterproof and resistant to fading from sunlight

Using waterproof and sunlight resistant furniture will help your furniture survive tough weather conditions and help your patio feel like new for years to come.

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Light it up: take advantage of string lights, lanterns, candles & fire pits

String lights are a super simple and easy way to step up your patio. Similarly, lanterns, candles, and fire pits are a cute and fun way to light up your patio and can even help to keep unwanted bugs away. 

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Make it cozy with rugs, pillows & cushions

Bring the indoors out with rugs, pillows, and cushions to make your patio feel more cozy and homey. These items can also be used to add your own style and to create a theme on your patio. Try and use items meant for the outdoors to keep them in great conditon and to avoid having to bring them in & out of the house everytime you want to use your patio.

 

 

Keep it green: use plants, flowers & landscaping

Embrace Mother Nature and the outdoors with potted plants, flowers, and landscaping around your patio. Pick plants and flowers that will thrive on your patio and don't forget how to take care of them!

Here’s what we call our “side yard,” all dressed up for summer. The crape myrtle is in full, glorious bloom conveniently matching the hot pink mandevilla vines growing in pots against the house. The fountain is spilling over with bright flowers (just the way I love it), and it looks to me like the perfect spot to spend our summer vacation. Visitors welcome! Market umbrella: @orchardsupply * Mosaic-topped table and chairs: @pier1 * Flowering plants: @idiggreenacres #floral #flowers #patiodecor #patioseason #patiofurniture #patioflowers #patioideas #patiofurniture #pier1imports #fountain #fountains #garden #gardening #gardenideas #marketumbrella #patioumbrella #flowers #flowering #floweringtree #crapemyrtle #mandevilla #pinkflowers #summertime #summerparty #outdoorparty #gardenparty #floristlife #ilovesummer

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Add a pop of color

Keep it fun and add some flare with a splash of your favorite summer colors. 

 

Build a DIY pergola or privacy wall 

Pergolas can serve as a great structure to hang lights, plants, decorations, provide shade & more! Here's how to build a pergola for $200.

 

A little too close to your neighbors? Build a privacy wall to provide isolation and a stunning structure to your patio!

 

 

Have shade: keep it cool with an umbrella or gazebo

Summer days can be hot! Make sure you have a way to provide shade and keep your patio cool this summer. Umbrellas and gazebos are great solutions. 

 

 

Refinish that old, worn out deck 

A great deck can make or break a patio (literally—you don't want to fall through rotten wood). Simply refinishing a weathered deck can make all the difference. Here's how to refinish a deck.

 

Don’t be afraid to use small spaces

Even the smallest of spaces can have a perfect summer patio too. Use less or smaller furniture to make use of the space you do have!

 

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