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You may have been stuck inside your homes during the depths of winter. But summer is fast approaching, and the warming temperatures allow you to take advantage of the square footage outside of your home.
Whether you're a city-dweller or you live in the 'burbs, a patio can simply become a utopia when you need a place to escape to this summer. Whether you have a small patio or an expansive garden, spending some time nailing your outdoor decor can help to create so much more living space.
A patio should be a logical continuation of the rest of your house and feel like an extension of your design approach, not just an afterthought. It provides a space to soak up the sunshine and gather with friends, dine al fresco, or simply curl up with a book. A patio that's decorated with forethought and purpose can make all the difference.
One of the best things about summer is just how much more space you have. Don't worry if you can only carve out a few feet of outdoor space; you can still create a getaway for those magical moments when you need a change of scenery and a bit of fresh air.
But decorating your patio can feel a bit overwhelming. So Lilla Rugs is here to help; we've rounded up some of our favourite patio ideas for enjoying the great outdoors this summer, and we're sure you'll find something you love.
LET THERE BE FIRE
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There is no better way to spend a crisp night than next to an outdoor fire under the stars, with a glass of wine. Gathering around a fire is one of the oldest forms of socialising - there's no reason you can't bring the age-old ritual to your very own garden patio.
Fire is the perfect addition for staying warm on a breezy summer night, and it can provide heat for autumn or spring gatherings as well. A fire pit, wood-burning stove, or an outdoor fireplace are options you can use year long that are easy to maintain as well.
UPDATE YOUR TILES
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Dare to go bold? Stone isn’t your only option when it comes to paving; exploring patterned tiles opens up a wealth of style opportunities. An eye-catching tile on the patio can make all the difference, and a quick upgrade can ensure your outdoor space is bursting with personality.
Choose a whimsical pattern with bright colours and then use more timeless and neutral furniture that won't overwhelm the eye. The whimsical tiles bring so much joy and buoyancy to the space.
ADD POTTED GREENERY
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Just as a potted houseplant can help an indoor room feel finished, the same goes for outside. A collection of potted outdoor plants can help link your indoor living space to the outdoors.
A colourful array of potted and flowering plants in different containers are sure to create a pretty focal point. Place plants in small groups and make sure you have a few statement plants - think big, bold, and floral. If you're in a city or your patio is small, use your vertical space to introduce more greenery.
BRING IN A COSY RUG
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A finishing touch to your outside patio area would be to bring in a cosy patterned rug. An outdoor rug serves the same purpose as an indoor area rug: it pulls your seating area together into a single, unified space that's inviting and comfortable.
Place an outdoor rug on your patio to add texture and warmth. If exposed to the elements, you'll want to choose a flat-weave rug that's easy to move and clean - adding a patterned Kilim rug can quickly elevate your look.
Even if you don't have a lot of space to work with outside, an oversized rug can make your small patio feel bigger. Check out our selection or Persian and Oriental rugs below.