How to Turn Your Patio into a Family Sanctuary

If you have a patio, you can consider yourself blessed in many ways. Unlike porches, patios are much bigger, more versatile and overall nicer structures that can have a lot of different purposes.

Whether your patio is small or large, there is always something you can add to it in order to make it even better and more functional than it already is. This time, we will focus on turning it into a perfect family sanctuary where you can all enjoy the upcoming warm days.


How to Turn Your Patio into a Family Sanctuary

Sitting Area

When the weather is starting to warm up, we all just cannot wait to go outside and enjoy the blue skies, fresh air and sunshine. And if there is one thing that can make this experience even more enjoyable, it is definitely a fabulous patio sitting area. Firstly, you have to follow these three important rules:

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    Opt for larger furniture pieces in complementing colors
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    Add a few mid-size pieces such as side tables and freestanding lamps
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    Go crazy with the accessories – pillows, candles, lanterns etc.

Of course, you will pick the furniture depending on the overall design of your patio. However, there is one piece of furniture that every patio lounge area has to have – a chaise lounge.

Children Play Area

If you have children, you know that the best thing for them is to spend as much time outside as possible. This is exactly the reason why you should consider incorporating a children’s area to your patio as well. There are many cheap and easy ways to do so. For example, you can turn one wall into a chalkboard wall, or install a chalkboard onto the fence in your backyard. 

children play area

Next, you can use an old car tire and turn it into a fun swing for your little ones. Finally, if you are feeling extra crafty, you can roll up your sleeves and install a DIY sandbox they can have fun in.

BBQ Corner

We all love a nicely grilled piece of meat, but incorporating a barbeque area to your patio can seem like a pretty expensive task. However, there are a lot of tips on how to do most of the work yourself and save a lot of money. First of all, you need to consider your skills, your space and your time, and you’re all set. If you’re aiming for a more rustic look, you can opt for a brick grill – not only does it look cool, it is also really cheap, easy to make and doesn’t even need a gas line.

BBQ corner

You can also opt for a cinder block BBQ island. These look a lot classier, they are fireproof and sturdy, and can also make quite an eye-catching patio centerpiece. 

Finally, make sure your décor is functional and that the grill itself is well-lit, so your meals are perfect every time. 

Fire Pit

Are you one of those hopeless romantics who just want to sit back and enjoy the evening with their loved one sometimes? The good news is that you don’t need to make reservations at expensive restaurants for it – there is a much better solution.

fire pit

Just by adding a fire pit to your outdoor lounge space you are providing yourself with endless romantic nights enhanced with irreplaceable mood lighting and you even spare yourself the noise of a crowded restaurant. You can have the most romantic experience in the comfort of your own home.

TV And Game Lounge

Sometimes, we just want to take the party outside, but to do so, we need an outdoor deck capable of accommodating the entire crew. Consider incorporating a couple of wooden stools and built-in benches, so that everybody has a place to sit. Finally, if your patio has a quality overhang, you can also add a flat screen TV with a game console to increase the entertainment factor.

The two major things on your mind while redecorating your outdoor space should be style and comfort. Once you have a clear picture of how you want it to look like and incorporate a few key pieces, the rest will just fall into place by itself. We hope you’ll have fun decorating your family sanctuary.

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Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time. Find her on Twitter.

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