Spending more time outside is good for you, no doubt. It helps to improve your memory, get rid of stress, and even reduces inflammation that can lead to a host of severe health complications.
Having a patio can make summer that much better and encourage you to get outside as long as it’s a welcoming space.
But really, what can you do with a patio that’s not just sitting on it or having a few potted plants?
The following ideas can make your patio into a place where you can’t wait to spend time.
Make Your Patio Part of an Outdoor Kitchen
It can be as simple as creating a DIY grill in a countertop, adding a seating area, and voila- outdoor cooking and eating space.
However, there are plenty of easy ways to take it up a notch.
Potted plants and herbs can provide the freshest ingredients, at arm’s length.
You could also incorporate an outdoor oven or brick oven, perfect for baking things during the summer and not heating up the inside of your home.
Create a Private Nook
Patios are often exposed areas if they haven’t been developed by rearranging furniture, adding even a half wall, or creating a screen for vining plants to climb you can get a little bit more privacy and calm.
Create Raised Zones on a Large Patio
Unsure How to make a large patio cohesive? Add just a little height to create specific zones.
How you use them is up to you, but this method can give your outdoor space a bit of dimension and make decorating it that much more manageable.
Bring Your Gadgets Outside with Power and Shade
Feel stuck at your desk all day even if your gadgets are portable?
There are two good reasons for this (and both have relatively affordable solutions, even if you’re not into DIY.)
The most straightforward reason you wouldn’t want to take your device outside is glare or harsh lighting, making it nearly impossible to see your screen.
It that’s a problem, you need some shade over your seating area.
Not only will something that filters the light, like a screen or netting, reduces glare, it can also help filter harmful rays from the sun, while still allowing you to get the benefits of being outdoors.
The second reason your devices may have you chained indoors may have to do with power and cable length.
While a battery pack or power bank is a quick fix, having any permanent patio furniture wired with a charging outlet may be an appealing alternative and shouldn’t cost too much to have done.
Add Pillows and Padding
Outdoor furniture, especially if it’s been around a while, can be far from cozy. Even in the summer, it’s nice to have an excellent place to lounge.
With the right outdoor fabrics, it’s possible to have a stylish space that weather-proof and comfortable.
You might even be able to find a few dust-resistant throw pillows if you don’t mind the way they feel.