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7 Key Features To Add To Your Patio

additions_patioWhen spending summers relaxing on your patio, sometimes the small details can make all the difference. Even if you aren’t confident in your styling skills, here are a couple of key features that can have a big impact on the look of your patio.


1. Quality Flooring

Choose something hardwearing that still looks great such as rich, warm timber or practical pebblecrete. If you aren’t sure of the best material, discuss the options with your patio builder. A patio specialist such as Additions Building can recommend flooring that matches with your home.

2. An Outdoor Table

The size of your patio will determine how much space you have for a table. If you have plenty of room, you might choose a sizeable timber table the whole family can be seated at. Smaller patios may be better suited with a bistro table. Ideally, you want a table that can hold your drink while you kick back and relax.

3. Matching Chairs or Bench Seats

Matching seats can define the dining area. Pick durable materials that are low maintenance, as they may be exposed to the elements. If you are short on space, look for chairs that can be folded away or stacked on top of each other to maximise the room you do have.

4. Add Some Greenery

Plants add colour and can offset a busy urban environment. Look for hardy plants that will provide a touch of privacy, as well as purifying the air. Tie the whole look together with statement pots that match the style of your home or patio. If your budget doesn’t stretch to fancy Grecian pots from the nursery, scour garage sales or second-hand stores for cheaper options.

5. Line The Edges With Solar Lamps

Bordering a patio with soft solar lighting adds a new dimension to any outdoor space. Solar lamps are cheap to buy, easy to install and require very little maintenance. There are many styles to choose from and solar lamps add a touch of romance. They also don’t drop wax everywhere like candles do another reason they are popular.

6. Install An Outdoor Ceiling Fan

If you have the space, a ceiling fan is a great addition to a patio. Easily installed, outdoor fans help circulate the air and are perfect for those hot afternoons when you want to unwind in comfort. There are many styles and designs available, including rattan, bronze or traditional stainless steel. Make sure you choose an outdoor fan that is rated for a ‘damp area’. These are suited to the weather conditions of a patio. Add a light kit to save on extra installation costs.

7. Use Bold Colours

Tired of neutral tones? Add colour with your patio accessories. Choose brightly coloured cushions for your chairs, or decorate the table with bright vases. Small pops of colour are a great way to make a statement.

These suggestions can help turn a patio into a beautiful space to relax with friends and family. What are some other key features a patio shouldn’t be without?