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June 20, 2024

Transform Your Outdoor Patio: A Guide to Refreshing with Plants and Textiles

If you want to refresh your outdoor patio, a few simple additions can make a world of difference.  I wanted our upstairs patio to be used more — cozier for morning coffee and more appealing to hang out on — and plants and textiles did the trick! Here’s how you can easily transform your patio into a stylish and inviting haven:

1. Embrace Greenery:
Bringing nature to a space is always a good idea. Start by incorporating plants of different sizes and varieties. Hanging planters can add vertical interest and draw the eye upward, while potted plants around seating areas create a lush atmosphere.  I added mostly drought tolerant succulents for easy maintenance but still was able to incorporate color and different shapes and sizes.   I used plantes up against the wall similar to these.

tips on how to refresh your outdoor space by adding greenery and textiles

2. Create Zones with Rugs:
Just like indoors, rugs can define spaces and add warmth to your patio.   I pushed my seating over to one side and anchored it with a rug.  Choose outdoor rugs made from durable materials that can withstand the elements.  Click here for our rug.  A rug under a seating area or dining set instantly anchors the space and makes it feel more inviting. Consider textures and patterns that complement your overall decor theme.

tips on how to refresh your outdoor space by adding greenery and textiles

3. Mix and Match Textiles:
Textiles such as cushions, throws, and outdoor curtains can elevate your patio’s comfort and style.   I usually keep a blanket in my outdoor spaces for chilly evenings.   Play with colors and patterns to add personality—mixing solids with stripes or florals can create a dynamic visual appeal.   My new outdoor pillow line is launching soon here.

tips on how to refresh your outdoor space by adding greenery and textiles

4. Focus on Functionality:
Think about how you use your patio space. If it’s primarily a dining area, ensure there’s ample seating and a table that accommodates your needs. For lounging areas, add comfortable seating options like lounge chairs or a cozy bench.   Click here for our no fuss Adirondack chairs.  Lighting is also key—consider string lights, lanterns, or solar-powered lamps to create ambiance and extend your patio’s usability into the evening.   Click here for the shatterproof lights I used.

5. Personalize with Decor:
Small decorative accents can tie your patio’s look together.  Once I pushed my seating area over to one side, I realized that a console table against the wall would look nice and would look beautiful with a bunch of my plants.    Click here for the console table.   Consider adding outdoor-safe artwork, lanterns, or decorative pots to further enhance the atmosphere.

tips on how to refresh your outdoor space by adding greenery and textiles

If interested in the tile we sourced for our patio –  click here.

Refreshing your outdoor patio with plants and textiles doesn’t have to be complicated. By incorporating these simple elements, you can create a welcoming outdoor retreat that reflects your personal style and enhances your enjoyment of your outdoor space. Embrace the effortless beauty of nature and textiles, and turn your patio into your new favorite retreat.