There’s no better time to spruce up your patio and prep for warm summer days than now! Having a comfortable outdoor living space can really help you soak up what summer has to offer. You’ve got your seating, but what else can really take it to the next level?

1. Accessorize

One of the easiest ways to make your outdoor space feel cozy is to add a variety of accessories. You might use throw pillows, a colored tray, a bold ceramic vase, etc. Most homeowners choose a theme and select accent pieces accordingly.

2. Add a Water Feature

Depending on the size, a water feature will not only add a calming element to your space, it could also help keep the space cool. A large water feature such as a pond would cool the air that passes over it and create a breeze around your space.

3. Hang Creative Lighting

Bulb and lantern light stands are a very trendy décor element used in home design. If you have a trellis, you could hang decorative lighting to plug in when you are enjoying an evening on the patio. The lights will give off a warm glow, making the space more comfortable at night. Just be sure to unplug everything when you go inside!

4. Add a Rug

Outdoor rugs have come a very long way! They come in a variety of designs and sizes and can be used to tie in different elements of your space. Make sure the rug you select fits the space appropriately and it doesn’t create a tripping hazard for guests.

5. Add a Pop of Color

While your pillows and plants will certainly add color to the space, look for a place to splurge on a can of paint to make a statement. Use your imagination to cover up unsightly fences or refinish an exterior wall. You could even paint your patio itself with a fun design!


With a little bit of online searching and a lot of self-expression, you can make your patio a one-of-a-kind retreat! Make sure to add any big ticket items to your home inventory list like your patio furniture, a grill or anything else with value.

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Amy joined Rockford Mutual in January of 2017 with an Associates Degree in Marketing. Amy has a great understanding of insurance in general as she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation.