Tired of that boring concrete slab of a patio?
Want to make the patio on your city apartment feel like a jungle oasis?
It seems like patios are one of the most neglected aspects of our homes.
More times than not, we find a patio table and chairs on sale, set them up on the patio, and call it a day.
Our patios are capable of so much more.
You can turn that neglected patio into an inviting outdoor space without much effort.
With the dead of winter right around the corner, you'll want to be prepared for spring.
You'll be dying to spend some time outside once the temperature starts climbing.
Below is a list of 10 ideas that will have you ready for spring and wanting to spend all of your free time on your patio.
1. Turn Your Patio Green
You can't have too many plants and flowers on your balcony.
Especially if you're in an apartment in the city, a patio full of bright and colorful plants and flowers will be a welcome break from the concrete and exhaust.
The plants are easy on the eyes, and they'll help keep the air on your patio clean and fresh.
Nurture your plants, and they'll nurture you.
2. Add a Pergola to Your Outdoor Space
Even the blandest and most boring concrete slab can turn into an instant eye catcher with a pergola.
You'll be able to add some shade during those hot summer afternoons as well.
With the pergola flush against the house at the roofline, a seamless connection is made that makes it look like it belongs there.
Add even more style to your patio with the columns that hold up the pergola and border the patio.
You can also hang some fabric shades from the pergola to add even more style and shade.
This may not be an option if you live in an apartment, but this is a must-do if you're a homeowner.
3. Use Patterns on Your Patio Floor
Using outdoor floor tiles will transform your patio.
The right patterns can make your tiny patio look big and beautiful.
You can take risks on your patio that you wouldn't usually take on the inside of your house.
The bigger the tile you use, the bigger it will make your patio appear.
You can also mix and match square and rectangle designs to add variety to your design.
Install your tiles in a diamond pattern instead of the typical square pattern to add an extra kick of style.
4. Add a Fire Pit to Your Backyard Patio
There are plenty of options available to add a firepit to your outdoor patio space.
Make sure you do this responsibly and don't install a fireplace in a spot that could catch anything else on fire.
If you live in an apartment, you will, unfortunately, have to skip this idea.
A fire pit is perfect for s'mores in the summertime and becomes a warm gathering spot during the cooler spring and fall months.
5. Get Creative with your Patio Seating
When it comes to seating, you need to get creative.
Even if you have limited space, don't let that limit your imagination.
Don't go to the big box store and buy the first boxed patio set you see.
You should keep things warm and comfy, not cold and dull.
Mix and match your styles, do things like putting wire seating with a wicker table.
Add some outdoor pillows along with an outdoor ottoman, and you're all set!
6. Add a beverage station
This idea will make your patio a hit during outdoor get-togethers.
Both practical and stylish, a beverage station is a must-have for any patio.
If you're handy, you can build one from scratch.
Alternatively, you can re-purpose a workbench.
Re-purposing it won't take much work either. Just add some paint and a curtain to hide the supplies.
If you don't want to use it as a beverage station, use it to hold some extra plants and flowers, or for general storage.
7. Make Your Walls a Centerpiece
If you have a covered patio, there's no room for boring walls.
The best outdoor spaces utilize every inch available.
That includes your walls.
The options to turn your patio walls into masterpieces are endless.
One option is to cover them in fencing trellis.
Then hang flower boxes on the trellis to turn your patio into the jungle oasis you've dreamed of.
You can also switch out the flowers for herbs and have your herb or veggie garden.
There's nothing like cooking with veggies and herbs you've grown yourself.
Add in an outdoor daybed so you can relax in your masterpiece.
8. Add Swings
This one will be a hit with the kids.
There are several types of swings you can add to your patio.
If it's covered, you can hang a swing from the ceiling.
You can even consider a swing bed for those lazy summer evenings.
If you don't have a covered patio, you can add a canopy porch wing for shade and comfort.
Even with the best looking porch, no one will want to spend time on it if it's not comfortable.
Adding a swing will add the comfort you need.
If you have a family with a lot of kids, you can add a couple of kids saucer swings.
9. Get a Patio Fountain
Water is an excellent way to add ambiance to your porch.
A fountain is something everyone will notice and compliment.
There are plenty of options available to you depending on the space you have.
For smaller apartment patios, there are tabletop options.
A fountain on an apartment patio will also help drown out the unwanted noises that come with living in a city.
If you have plenty of space in your backyard, the sky is the limit with your fountain.
10. Sometimes less is more
Maybe you're a minimalist. Or perhaps you don't have space.
Either way, sometimes taking away is the best way to add value.
If you're worried about feeling cluttered, then you need to keep it simple.
Two folding chairs and a planter is all you need.
Add in a small side table to hold your drinks and snacks, and you're set.
Never underestimate the power of a perfectly placed chair.
Never too late to start
It might be nearing the end of the summer, but its never too late to show your patio some love.
Because who doesn't love fall parties on the patio?
Winter will be here before you know it, so why not make the most of our last months of warm weather and get your patio party-ready today?
Get started now and you'll be all set for patio season next year!
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