Summer nights are made for outdoor living. If you love spending the warmest season on your patio, you'll want a beautiful space to enjoy as you kick back and watch your kids play in the backyard. Here are some outdoor patio ideas to perk up your favorite summer spot.
Build a Comfortable Patio SpaceYour patio should be made to withstand the elements. You don't want to constantly make adjustments to the furnishings and structure of your patio each time temperatures change or the wind picks up. Before the season begins, consider ways to enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor patio throughout the entire summer. Will you need to provide shade in certain spots? An overhead roof can serve this purpose, or a retractable awning can give you more flexibility. If your yard is visible to neighbors, privacy screens may also be helpful. You don't actually need a screen—it's easy to create your own private getaway spot with whatever materials appeal to you. To create a walkable, yet durable outdoor surface beneath your feet, specially crafted exterior flooring is also a must. Pavers and flagstone are two popular options, along with outdoor tile.
Consider Your Existing Home DesignWhen selecting patio decor, don't forget to consider the exterior of your home. You'll want your patio design to fit well with any outward-facing materials, such as brick, stucco, or siding, rather than looking like an afterthought. If you'd like to carry the flow of your interior rooms onto your patio, you can incorporate similar color schemes and furniture styles outdoors. For patio flooring, choosing a wood-look tile that's made for exterior applications is one way to create a natural link between your indoor and outdoor living spaces. The revolutionary new Saddle Brook XT line offers a wood-look tile that's been formulated for outdoor living, with superior resistance to water and other weather-related elements. Plus, the easy maintenance of this new option guarantees that you'll be spending more time relaxing on your patio this summer, not cleaning it.
Celebrate the Season with Natural DecorMake the most of your summer by allowing the season to influence your outdoor decor. Colorful blooming annuals and tall potted plants can add a bright touch to your outdoor patio. Go further by adding a small water fountain, which will provide the perfect backdrop and increase your sense of relaxation as you enjoy a meal, cocktails with friends, or simply reading outside. This nature-inspired touch will look especially great when framed by neutral gray outdoor pavers.
Prepare to Entertain
Barbecues and outdoor parties are memory-making highlights of summer. Before mailing invitations for your upcoming backyard blast, make sure your patio is ready. If you'll need extra seating, consider movable chairs or a couple smaller patio sets. Clean and test your grill, and remember to set up your outdoor prep and serve area. Think about adding lighting to help set the party mood—fairy lights, lanterns, candles, and even a small backyard fire pit. A drink station or bar also helps make entertaining fun and easy.
If you're looking forward to enjoying the fresh air and warm summer nights, now is the time to get your patio space in order. Stop by a Daltile retail dealer or design gallery to view the latest and greatest exterior flooring options.