How to Turn Your Patio Into a Peaceful Retreat

By Chloe Taylor

A patio is a wonderful extension of your home, that allows you to spend some cozy and peaceful moments outdoors, admiring your own backyard and garden. However, designing your patio can be tricky, especially if it’s your first time doing it. But, once you become sure of what you want, it’s entirely possible to spruce up your patio to be your true retreat of peace and quiet. Therefore, here are some useful tips that might help you if you ever decide to do this.

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Make sure your seating area is comfortable 

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There’s no patio without a proper seating area. So you can opt for a table with chairs, or you can go for something more exquisite, like an outdoor sofa set. The second one is a great option if you have a big family, or you simply love having guests often! Making your seating area super comfy is the key to enjoying peaceful and happy moments on your patio. 

Hang some curtains 

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Light, breezy curtains are a perfect addition to our patio, especially if you’re looking to increase the privacy in the backyard. Besides, curtains are inexpensive and easy to maintain, which is why they’re a popular choice if you ever need to create a temporary wall. In case your neighbors are too close (and too nosy), this is a perfect solution when you want to spend some peaceful moments without being disturbed. 

Pillows and blankets can help a lot 

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A blanket is a must-have when evenings get chilly, but pillows, they make everything better. And if you lack seats, then using floor pillows is a wonderful way to spruce up your patio, without occupying too much space. Besides, soft and cozy items like these are always a welcome addition to any space, as they make it seem more comfortable, friendlier and definitely, more beautiful. 

Don’t forget the floors 

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Maybe the floors aren’t your top priority when designing a patio, but it’s important whether you’re going to go with wood, tiles or stones. And truth to be told, it doesn’t matter, as long as it works for you. However, if you’re aiming to make your patio a true oasis of peace, then make sure to look into patterned outdoor rugs, as they’re a great way to boost the tranquility of your outdoor space. Plus, choosing outdoor rugs is a great solution if you have kids and toddlers as they’ll be free to sit on the ground without risking catching a cold. 

Lighting solutions also matter

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Lighting can be an amazing statement, and if you install it right, you’ll definitely be able to enjoy your patio, even after the sun sets. So it’s up to you to choose the type of lighting, and your choice should be dependent on a few things: the size of your patio, your budget, and of course, the type of lighting you wish to install. So feel free to choose between pendant lights, string lights, step lights, or something completely different. 

Add some greenery

Sure, your backyard probably has a garden, and even if it doesn’t, there are probably some plants and trees that you grow there. However, that doesn’t mean you should not add some greenery to your patio. On the contrary, small potted plants can make your patio look more sophisticated and stylish, especially if you opt for cacti, succulents, aloe vera, or similar plants that are durable, sleek, and above all, easy to maintain. Once you get some greenery, you’ll be amazed by the life and vibrancy they bring to your patio. 

Pops of color can play a big role

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Colors make the world go round, and even if you’re not a fan of too many bright colors, adding a pop of color here and there can make any space look instantly better. Blue, green, peach pink, orange and yellow are nice suggestions that you can add to your patio. For example, smaller items such as pillows, pots or trays can be more colorful, while the rest can be kept in more neutral tones. That is also an excellent idea if you don’t like super colorful or patterned solutions. 

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Consider getting a fire pit 

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An outdoor fire pit is an amazing idea for colder evening afternoons and evenings. Simply, the fire’s warmth and glow can always bring people together. But nowadays, it’s more common to opt for smaller outdoor fire pits, in order to save space and be more sustainable. Some of those fire pits are so small that they can be put on the table, and what’s even better, you can even make them by yourself!


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These tips will definitely help you turn your patio into a lovely and safe retreat for you and your loved ones. Just make sure to protect your privacy, choose good lighting solutions and find comfortable furniture, so you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your newly redecorated patio to the maximum. 

About the Author

Chloe Taylor is a graduated journalist and a contributor to several online magazines. She loves writing about her travel experiences and connecting with those who are interested in exploring all of the gorgeous places around this planet.

She is quite interested in environmental issues as well and loves giving simple tips about turning our homes into a calming oasis.

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