July 21st, 2016

Your Guide to a Stylish Patio


The dog days of summer are upon us, which means everyone tends to move outdoors for some cool breezes. Whether you have a tiny patio or an expansive yard, your outdoor space deserves the same amount of love and attention you devote to your indoor space. Luckily, it’s a lot easier to accomplish a beautifully decorated space than you might think. Before you get started, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when decorating your outdoor oasis:

Use color thoughtfully.

I admit, I was hesitant to paint my wood deck despite its generally sad state. I thought about it for an entire year before taking the plunge. What a transformation! The worn-looking deck was immediately revived into a fresh canvas. With a palette of blue-grey and white, the colors created a subtle seaside look without taking over the space. For a similar style, try moody blue-greys like Smoke Grey and Blue-Grey Slate. If you prefer a more mellow blue, check out Fossil Grey, or if blue isn’t your color, Jefferson House Tan can be great for a classic patio look.

To bring your new color palette full circle, try Ferndale or Emerald Leaf Green  two beautiful colors that are great for tying in outdoor decor.

Mix soft with hard.

It’s natural to focus on the durable surfaces when planning an outdoor patio project, but don’t forget the cozy factor. Adding in soft cushions, throw pillows, blankets and outdoor rugs will add an inviting element for you and your guests. There are plenty of outdoor fabrics, but if you want to save some money, you can use indoor accessories. Just remember to bring them in at night.

Light up the night.

While this only applies if you are planning on using the space after dark, lighting is critical in making an outdoor patio feel finished—and it’s often overlooked! Just like indoor lighting plans, an ideal setup up would have light from several sources and use both accent and ambient lighting. It’s important to think creatively about lighting outside. Would a fire pit or even something as simple as a few glowing candles be a better choice compared to traditional lighting?

Accessorize with classics.

Yes, its outside, but don’t relegate your accessories to plastic cups and paper plates. Use the same attention to detail for your outdoor spread as you would inside. Go ahead, splurge and use good plates outdoors. Mix and match with pieces of nature like wooden platters and seashell bowls to add a whimsical touch.

So what are you waiting for? Get outside and start enjoying the rest of the summer!


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.