It’s officially patio season! And while the DFW metroplex offers plenty of great patios on which to catch a baseball game and enjoy an ice cold beer, don’t forget the best patio out there — your own! Try few of these tips and tricks to make your outdoor space your new favorite spot. Whether you have a sprawling acre in the country or a sleek balcony high above the city, SampleHouse has everything you need to make this patio season your best one yet.
The most common challenge of outdoor entertaining is making sure you’ve got plenty of comfortable seating. If you’re working with a small space, choose chair cushions with bright, colorful patterns and lots of character. Consider putting up a few hanging baskets to liven up your patio without sacrificing space, and finish out the area with a few smaller end tables rather than a large central table.
If you’ve got a large patio with plenty of room, focus on seating and go for neutral, consistent color palettes that won’t overwhelm the space. If you have enough room, create a few different seating areas so that your guests can mix and mingle. Arrange smaller pieces, like cocktail tables and barstools, in small groups to keep the conversation flowing, and keep larger furniture together and in one location so people can sit and talk.
Grill and bar space
There’s a reason so many restaurant bars are arranged a half-circle — because it works! That circular shape allows you to keep an eye on the food and serve drinks while still visiting with your guests. Bar stools are always a great addition to any outdoor space, along with colorful (and shatterproof) drinkware, cooking and serving utensils, and the latest kitchen gadgets to make your life that much easier. Whether you’re shredding a pork shoulder for a birthday barbecue or looking for a way to keep beverages cold during your mid-week happy hour, we have a product that will make any party task easy and fun. Bonus: Outdoor kitchen gadgets make great gifts!
Don’t forget the decor
If your outdoor space faces west, your late afternoon or early evening events may become a little challenging as the sun sets. Keep your guests happy and the sun out of their eyes by installing a sunshade or curtains from an overhang. Blocking out the sun will help keep your patio cool, ward off some flying pests and provide a little privacy.
Hanging plants or wind chimes are fun, easy ways to add some interest to your patio without breaking the bank — and who doesn’t love the soothing sounds of a spring breeze? If you have the space, a hammock is a perfect addition to a pretty porch, and most can be easily moved indoors if you’re planning a big soireé. Complete the look with weatherproof wall art from SampleHouse. We have everything to match your theme, from your favorite college team to a dreamy beach scene.
Add a pretty vase with some fresh flowers for a custom centerpiece, and you have yourself a perfectly pretty patio just in time for margarita season!