Daily life has changed in ways we never could have predicted. Sheltering in place during the Coronavirus pandemic means thousands of households throughout the Seattle area and the country at large are spending days and weeks in isolation.
Have you indulged in binge-watching sitcoms and panic baking? Let’s be honest, who hasn’t? But, it’s likely you’re also craving a change of scenery.
Getting outside is one of the best things you can do for your health. A 2018 study published in Science Daily reveals that, “exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.”
One of the best ways to get outside, while maintaining appropriate social distancing, is in your own outdoor space. Use the following tips to give your backyard patio a makeover that’ll make it into an extension of your home.
8 Ways to Makeover Your Patio Fast
Lay Down an Outdoor Rug
Looking for an easy (and relatively fast) way to jazz up your patio? A large outdoor rug can quickly breathe new life into a tired backyard. Not only is it a simple way to add a pop of color and pattern, it gives your patio a homeier-feel — making it a more luxurious place to lounge.
Set Up a Trellis
Wish your backyard had a bit of whimsy? A trellis is a fun way to give it that ‘secret garden’ feel. You can buy a pre-made trellis. Or, you can create your own using wooden boards. Once constructed, this is a fabulous place for a climbing plant, like climbing roses.
Give Yourself Some Shade
Even in the Pacific Northwest, you want to be careful of prolonged sun exposure, as this can lead to sunburns and even cancer. If you plan to use your patio for long periods of time throughout the day, it’s best to make sure you have a way to shade your space. A patio umbrella offers a solution that’s easy to set up, while allowing you to adjust your shade as needed.
Treat Yourself to Comfy Seating
Make no mistake about it — the more comfortable your patio furniture, the more likely you and the whole family will want to be outside. Treat yourself to a plush, outdoor sectional with extra-deep seating. These offer the ideal space for everything from a midday nap to an afternoon reading session.
Replace Your Patio Cushions
Is your patio furniture still sturdy and functional? If you’ve invested in high-quality pieces, it’s unlikely you’ll need to replace them. But the same can’t always be said of your cushions.
Patio cushions break down over time, the fabric fading and the foam degrading. Replacing your patio cushions is one of the most affordable ways to give your outdoor space a new look and added comfort — with nearly minimal work on your part.
Want to enjoy your patio even after the sun sets? We sure do! Which is why we’re a big fan of outdoor lighting solutions. Bistro string lights are lovely and add a fantastic moody glow.
But for a faster solution, we often opt rechargeable LED light — like the Fermob Balad LED Light. These modern lights look great sitting on a table top or hung from a stand.
Plant natural Bug Repellent
One of the last things you want for your refreshed space is to have it over-run by bugs. The good news is, you can naturally repel bugs and add some beauty to your patio at the same time. These bug-bugging plants include:
- Lemon Grass
Give Yourself Some Heat
Another common reason for scampering back indoors is being cold. Don’t let this pitfall keep you from spending time outside. Heat up your patio with a fire pit. Fire pits naturally help gather friends and loved ones together. Additionally, they provide some ambient light to your outdoor space.
Get Help Finding the Right Updates for Your Space
Not exactly sure which updates would have the biggest impact on your outdoor space? You can always take pictures of your space and email our team. We’ll work as quickly as possible to help you explore your options, from the comfort of your own home.