Spring Patio Trends
The beauty of LED lights is that though they may cost more than incandescents up front, they more than pay for themselves over the years. LEDs, or light-emitting diodes can last for years and can be controlled via the internet. The intensity of their light and color can make the atmosphere of the patio familial, convivial or romantic. Since spherical lights are the trend of the moment, one idea is to hang strings of round LED lights above the patio and/or arrange them on a nearby wall or fence. There are now patio umbrellas that come with their own tiny but bright LED lights. Solar powered bollet lights are not only trendy but serve as a safety precaution at night, and floor lamps with colorful bases bring the indoors outside.
Blurring Indoor and Outdoor
Speaking of bringing the indoors out, patios of 2019 are more and more resembling indoor rooms. It’s becoming harder to tell indoor-outdoor fabrics from those used exclusively indoors. Plants in attractive pots are arranged on patio coffee tables and side tables, chandeliers hang from ceilings, and rugs made of textiles tough enough to withstand the weather but beautiful enough for indoors are spread and over the floors. Artwork, whether it be statuettes or paintings, adds more beauty the space. A continuing trend that began a while ago is the inclusion of outdoor bars and kitchens that operate exactly the same way as those found inside the house. This includes sinks, a fridge and freezer, preparation areas and storage.
Patio furniture no longer needs to be made of the same material. In other words, no more sets made exclusively of teak or exclusively of aluminum. Now a patio can have a loveseat made out of rattan with legs made out of wood or cast metal, a coffee table or side tables of wrought aluminum next to chairs with teak frames. The color scheme, texture and patterns of cushions and pillows pull everything together.
These somewhat atavistic features are just the thing for bringing family and friends together, whether to simply enjoy their warmth and the flickering of their flames or for making s’mores or telling ghost stories as evening sets in. Firepits can be fueled by gas, propane, wood or gel, and some even double as water features.
Fireplaces also have a place in a good sized patio, and some incorporate a pizza oven and a place to store kindling. Fireplaces can be permanent or portable and made of many materials, including heavy cast iron, lightweight aluminum or clay. If the owner wants a fireplace made of masonry, they’ll need to check the zoning regulations of their area beforehand, and make sure it is built by an experienced stonemason.
Fire features are always the focal point of a patio as they no doubt were the focal points of caves back in the Stone Age. They also have the benefit of making a small patio seem larger than it is.
Lots of Color
Now that indoor-outdoor fabric can have the same intensity of hue that’s seen in indoor fabrics, there’s no excuse for the patio to be neutral even as neutral was all the rage just a few years ago. Color can be found not just in cushions and pillows, but in rattan, which can be painted any color the owner wishes and even in the flooring. Besides rugs, stone such as granite and marble come in a wealth of colors including greens, reds and blues. Concrete can be stained or dyed. Ceramic tile can be bought in even more colors, textures and patterns. Even the grout between the tiles can be colored to complement the decor of the rest of the patio.
There’s no need for the herb or vegetable garden to be placed all the way on the other side of the yard unless that part of the yard is the only part that gets sun. A sunny patio is the perfect place to grow edibles. Indeed, some herb gardens can be grown in pots that are arranged in trolleys, and these trolleys can be brought to where they are needed. The person tending the bar will be surprised at how drinks require fresh herbs -- the mojito is only one.
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