You Can Create a Dreamy Patio, Even on a Budget

The pro and con of using Pinterest seems to lie in the same reason people use the website: to collect ideas for their next home project. While perusing the website’s home décor section, it’s not uncommon to scroll through hundreds of designer patios that underwent meticulous edits before being declared the “perfect” patio. However, you can use many of these photos as inspiration for how to get the patio of your dreams.


  1. Be neutral

As tempting as it may be to choose some bold, bright colors for your patio furniture, instead look for neutral colors. Palettes that use white, ivory, black, grey, brown, and navy have a timeless quality and can easily pair with items from different collections. If you want to add color and pattern, look for pillows, throws, and other accessories that can be easily changed out.


  1. Think in layers

Layers goes for everything in the patio area: floors, seating, lighting, etc. Start with your base elements in items you love: the table, armchairs, umbrella or tent, basic lighting, and a clean, even floor. Once you have these established, you can begin adding additional items, such as an area rug, string lights, wall hangings, and other items.


  1. Design the seating area

After you choose your items in your base layer, create a basic layout for the seating area. This will be the core area that will be used and should focus on creating a comforting space for conversation and relaxation. Basic layouts often have the seats arranged around a table in the same style as a living room. Figure out what works for you and arrange your furniture from there.


  1. Choose lighting

As stated in the layering section, look into using at least two sources of lighting. This will prevent it from feeling harsh and one of these can act as a backup in case of the lights happens to go out on you. Since most people tend to have a basic patio light, try adding some string lights around the main seating area. These can be the smaller twinkle lights used during the holidays or larger globe bulbs made especially for patio use. Additional lighting can also include candles, tiki torches, or even a small fire pit.


  1. Add some green

Since you are outdoors, look into adding potted plants of various sizes that will be hardy enough to stand outdoor temperatures. Larger plants can sit in pots on the group while smaller ones can stay on tables or hang from the wall or ceiling. The plants will act as that additional layer to your patio and will also help it to feel more cozy and unique.


  1. Personality

Don’t forget to incorporate your personality into the patio space! Much of your personality can shine through the type of furniture, the fabrics, the accessories used, and even the type of lighting you choose. Let this guide you into creating a space you won’t want to leave.


Basement Transformation

In many homes around the country the basement is an often-neglected living space. It tends to be more utilitarian than useful. The sad thing is that this area has so much potential! With a little time and attention you can change the basement from functional to fun. In some places this will require a little more than decorating, while in other basements all you need is a little color and imagination to make the basement the best room in the house.


One good use for your basement, particularly if you have kids, is to design a grown-up retreat, the place where only the adults can hang out. Create the period look you love, without having those nice furnishings subjected to all the mishaps that children bring with them. Whether it’s Beach Casual, Mid-Century Modern, or French Provincial that you like, you can start collecting genuine or reproduction pieces to create an atmosphere where you can relax in grown-up style. You can always transfer it all into the living room once the kids head off to college!


Many basements have very little natural light due to a serious lack of windows. However, this can also work to your advantage. Make the basement a media area! With its low ceilings and low light, the basement may be the most perfect area in your home to become an excellent media room, complete with all the fancy trimmings. To pull this off you will need to make the walls, floors, and ceiling in this room darker colored, install a large screen television with surround-sound, and add some comfortable seating with plenty of tables for your popcorn.


Basements also convert into good home offices or art and music studios. It’s easy to divide the basement into smaller rooms and lots of lighting can be added. In creating a smaller room, particularly for music, you have a viable space for installing soundproofing at a reasonable cost. These rooms can be simply decorated and affordably furnished for comfort, privacy, and utility.


One thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to the basement is that many of them have a problem with dampness. Dehumidifiers help, but you may also need to plan some structural repairs to eliminate the problem. You want to avoid mold and mildew whatever the cost, since they can ruin any potential enjoyment of your new basement space. Choose cork or ceramic tiles, installed with proper moisture barriers, for the flooring, and make use of the new choices in attractive moisture-barrier paints as well.

With just a little creative thinking, you can turn that dank old basement into the envy of your neighbors!