5 Rookie Mistakes To Avoid When Designing Your Patio

For most people, their patio is their second living room. It’s a great place to gather outside the house and simply enjoy the weather. But if you botch your patio design, you’ll quickly find that it can be a very uncomfortable place as well.

To help you keep your patio as sleek and gorgeous as possible, we’ve listed some top mistakes to avoid.

1. Using all the wrong colors

This is a very common problem, and honestly, it’s not difficult to see why. Most of us have no idea what to do with colors. We often use too many colors and mess up the ambiance, or use too few colors and make everywhere look drab and boring.

The good news is, most of the patio furniture out there is available in neutral colors only. Some of the common ones include white, tan, gray, and beige. You can easily work your way up from here.

The key is to focus on primary colors with earth tones. These will form a great background, making it easier to combine other colors. You can then add in some primary colors to achieve a pop effect. Think yellow pillows or red centerpieces.

2. Adding the wrong amount of furniture

If you’re working on your first-ever patio, the temptation is strong to just cram a ton of furniture into the space. Since it’s outside, you may think there’s enough room for everything from lounge chairs to wooden parasols.

A better approach is to take stock of how much space you have, and then go from there. Keep in mind that you’ll need room to walk around. The more company you expect, the more room you’ll need. You don’t want to feel crowded in your own backyard.

Some people like to furnish the space gradually. They buy some furniture and see how well it fits into the space. Then, they go out and buy some more depending on the feel of the entire backyard. If you’re adopting this approach, make sure you get furniture that’s made of the same materials.

3. No greenery

One of the perks of owning a backyard and a patio is being able to see the grass and other beautiful flowers. If you design your backyard and can’t spot any greenery, you’ve probably done it wrong.

Besides the psychological benefits of plants, you also get the aesthetic appeal. Plants have a way of softening the look and feel of your outdoor space, blending the artificial in with the natural.

Hit your local gardening shop and pick up some seeds. If you don’t have a green thumb, pick up some flower vases and potted plants. They are just as effective at softening the look, plus, you get some pleasant aromas in there.

4. No accessories

If you’ve tested all these tips and still aren’t happy with your patio, it’s time to look at your accessories. Statues, fountains, and even wind chimes can really add flair to the space.

This is where you can really have fun and go crazy. Throw in some candles, extra lighting, and other decorations for a full lawn.


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