How to Make Your Patio Pop With Color

A backyard should be a refuge. A place where your family and friends want to spend their lazy summer afternoons. This summer, add style and depth to your backyard with some easy design tips that don’t cost a fortune. With some swipes of color and simple installations, you can create a bright, inviting space that… Read More


A backyard should be a refuge. A place where your family and friends want to spend their lazy summer afternoons. This summer, add style and depth to your backyard with some easy design tips that don’t cost a fortune. With some swipes of color and simple installations, you can create a bright, inviting space that will lift moods and create memories all summer long.

Protect Yourself From the Sun With Style

Seamlessly extend your indoor living space outdoors by creating a deck or patio space as comfortable as your living room. Adding a retractable awning with a colorful fabric provides important sun cover when you need it, and open sky when you don’t, increasing the number of hours you can get out of your patio. Pick a reliable, name brand awning fabric, like Sunbrella, that comes with a guarantee against mold and rot, and will require little maintenance. And there are any number of bright colors and patterns to choose from. Stripes will help accentuate other patterns in your landscaping, or pick a solid that harmonizes with the rest of your house.

Give Old Furniture New Life

One of the easiest ways to brighten up a backyard is by updating your outdoor furniture. This can be as simple as applying a few coats of paint to old pieces. Be sure to use a paint or stain meant for exterior surfaces, and have fun with the colors. Take a look at the flowers and plants you have in the yard for inspiration. Metal or wicker furniture is often cheap, and is easy to paint. If you prefer neutral furniture, then accessorize with throw pillows or an outdoor rug in rich hues.

Let’s Talk About Flowers

Planting flowers can be intimidating. After all, not everyone is a natural gardener. But there are varieties for every kind of environment that can easily add color and beauty to your backyard. Look for native species that will be naturally hardy. In the South, try phlox, hibiscus, and Black-Eyed Susans for great contrast. In the Midwest, ground cover flowers like Poppy Mallow and Wild Anemone will provide color for most of the growing season, and in the dry Southwest, primrose and four-o-clocks will fill your yard with fragrance and hummingbirds.

 

Get Off Your Deck

It can be tempting to stick close to the house, but your entire backyard can be a livable, welcoming space by creating a simple island with a canopy and some seats. Lay some colorful patio stones down, add some solar powered lights, and you’ve got a great place to relax among the flowers and bees. A vibrantly colored slide wire cable canopy is easily retractable, and will keep a light and airy feel while giving you protection during the hot midday. A few plants in painted pots will balance out the aesthetic—look for varieties that attract butterflies and create a garden oasis that’s perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee in.

 

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