In Vancouver, once the winter rain disappears, we often spend more time on our patios in the summer then we do indoors. ?Here are a few fun ways to help turn your patio into another room of your home.
Add personality to your patio at night by stringing low-voltage energy efficient lights or lanterns overhead or along fences or by adding staked solar lights into potted plants and gardens to add ambiance and illumination to your favorite seating areas.? If you already have existing porch lights, consider switching to a coloured low wattage bulb (such as purple or blue) to create a different atmosphere.
Texture can add dimension to your space and create harmony between different elements. ?Rattan furniture, smooth table surfaces, and natural wood decorative accents all work together to create a unified look. Umbrellas, throw pillows and cushions and plant containers are easy ways to add colour seasonally or to suit your mood or party theme. Incorporating different seating options: benches, stools, and lounge chairs, allows for the greatest flexibility in your space. Guests can pull two chairs together for a quiet chat or you can add extras around a table or fireplace.
Craving a secluded escape in your own backyard or balcony?? Screens for privacy can be both functional and attractive.? Green walls and linear plants like bamboo create privacy from nosy neighbours, busy streets, and unsightly views.