How to spruce up your patio fast with little to no money

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on June 10, 2021

Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.

Your backyard patio can be a great place for friends and family to enjoy a meal and your favorite beverage

Let me ask you, does your patio have the blahs?

Whether you love entertaining your guests, serving your favorite meal or your special cocktail to them.

If your patio isn’t up to snuff, they’ll notice. This is the ideal time to give that spot or refresh or transform it completely into your dream backyard patio. The good news is that it only takes a day or two. And if you shop carefully, the project won’t break the bank.

Let’s start with, get rid of everything

Now, relax, that doesn’t mean throw it away. Move everything off the patio. So you can start the process with a clean slate and clean, by the way, is the operative word. Get rid of cobwebs, leaves, other trash that blew in over the winter and hose down or power wash the area.

Then take a look at the items you removed, decide what you want to keep and what should just go away.

Now start fresh

Designing your patio decor is a lot like determining how you’re going to decorate the interior of your home.

Some of the same elements should be considered;

  • lighting
  • color
  • texture
  • accessories

“Ground your space and give it an instant dose of personality with an outdoor rug designed to withstand the elements,” suggests the experts at Wayfair.com. Geometric prints, bold colors provide “maximum impact against outdoor greenery,” they conclude.

Patterns and colors shouldn’t be your only guide, however. Try to tie all your decor items together. For instance, a round rug looks best under a round table. If you have other types of seating, choose a rectangular rug.

“Around an outdoor dining table, you should be able to pull out all of the chairs and have the chair legs remain on the rug,” according to Wayfair.com’s rug-buying guide. A rule of thumb is for the rug to be a minimum of 2-feet wider than the table, on all sides.

Next step, the overhead

Alfresco entertaining is even more interesting in the evening. Make your patio glow with attractive lightings, such as lanterns, candles, torches, or your favorite string of lights. If you go with the latter, the pros suggest that take into account the total space, so you can make sure you buy the appropriate string of lights.

“Larger bulbs have a bigger presence and higher wattage,” according to the pros at yardenvy.com, so are better suited to a large patio. Smaller light strings help create a cozy vibe on a smaller patio.

What better way to get ready for the summer than some budget-friendly, do-it-yourself projects that will take just a weekend or less to achieve. Your patio will be summer-ready and as a bonus, you may just fall in love with it all over again.

Give life to the space

Greenery and flowers give a final touch to your patio makeover. The pros that Lowe’s offer five ways to decorate the patio with container-grown plants. Their favorite is the grouping method. Group containers, tall, medium, and small ones, to make a stunning deck focal point. The tall containers use the thriller, filler, spiller theme. The thriller— plants with height—goes in the back of the container. Fillers go in the middle, while spillers, or trailing plants, spill over the front of the container. Get tips and ideas at provenwinners.com.

A few accessories, such as a fountain, lanterns or candles on the table, and perhaps some statues and you’re all set.

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I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren

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Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!

Warren Oberholser

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