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Summer Patio Makeovers

As outdoor living areas become more popular than ever, sprucing up your home's patio will entice your household to spend more time outside ad may add value and appeal to your home in the process. Having an inviting outdoor patio gives you extra space for entertaining friends and family and provides a place to enjoy pleasant summer weather and recreational pursuits. If you're looking for ways to improve your home's patio area, here are some popular trends to consider.

Rugs

Outdoor floor coverings come in a wide array of colors, patterns, and sizes to complement every patio style and are sold by many major retailers. Some are even reversible for maximum design flexibility. Make sure the rugs are made from weather-resistant, durable material for longer wear. Some outdoor rugs can be easily washed with a water hose for quick clean-up, but be sure to read the care instructions first.

Fireplaces and fire pits

The addition of a fire feature helps extend the use of patios into cooler nights and cooler seasons. While outdoor fireplaces represent a bigger investment than fire pits, they may add more value to a home. On the other hand, fire pits come in a variety of sizes and price ranges and offer more placement flexibility. Some fire pits even have lids or covers that convert the pit to a coffee table when not in use. In addition to providing warmth, fireplaces and fire pits both help provide focal spots for patios and facilitate the great American pastime of marshmallow toasting. 

Seasonal furnishings

Bid good-bye to the often uncomfortable metal outdoor furnishings of generations past. Comfier, cushiony patio furniture is all the rage, including sectional pieces that can be used together or separately. Together, some sectional arrangements can combine to make large sofas with plenty of room to stretch out. Apart, the sectional pieces can be broken up to provide individual chairs, seats, or ottomans for larger groups. Sectional patio furniture is prized for its flexibility, comfort, and trendy style.

Pillows

A sprinkling of colorful pillows is a great way to jazz up any patio furniture while adding a touch of luxury. Many outdoor pillows come in sturdy, water resistant fabrics to help them last. If your pillows aren't specifically made for outside, be sure to bring them inside when they aren't in use. Choose colors that complement your patio and home design scheme, or select bright hues for cheery pops of color. 

Swings and hammocks

Relax, take a nap, or enjoy a good book as you rhythmically sway back and forth on your patio. Outdoor swings and hammocks provide an appealing design element to your outdoor living space as well a a good way to create a breeze on hot days. Add some of your pillows and you'll have a comfortable, inviting place to hang out and enjoy your patio. Larger swinging daybeds are even available for larger spaces (and longer naps). 

Don't forget to add some practical touches to your patio, too. A basket or container holding sunscreen and bug spray will be appreciated by all who visit. You might also want to invest in some reusable plastic glasses and dishes for patio dining to eliminate breakage and minimize waste. 

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