It's important to get into a regular cleaning routine with your outdoor furniture just like you do for your interior living space. This includes wiping down your outdoor tabletop and using a brush leaves and dust from the chairs and umbrellas. If there is additional dirt buildup, it is best to use a spray bottle with mild detergent and wash down the outdoor fabric. Remember, your outdoor furniture is meant to be cleaned frequently.
For your outdoor seating area, the same design principles apply as if it was inside your house. It is recommended that you pick a focal point, such as an outdoor fire pit or a spectacular viewpoint, and group your furniture around it.
Like your living room, design your space with outdoor couches, chairs and end tables. It is also appropriate to bring your inside furniture, such as ottomans or stools, outside.
Don't forget to accessorize the outdoors. One of the easiest ways to add a pop of color, depth and texture to your patio is by incorporating potted plants into your decor. Don't be afraid to experiment with different colors, plants species and flowering versus grasses or leaf-based plants.
One way of incorporating the different styles is to load up the base of a leaf-based variety with colorful flowering types. This will create a multiple layered and texture look which will make your arrangement pop.
Another way to add color to your outdoor table is to cut a hole into the bottom of a planter and put the umbrella straight through the center. This will give you a beautiful flower arrangement in the center of the table.
By investing a small amount of time sprucing up your patio into a comfortable living space, you will be more apt to utilize it during the warm summer months.
I hope this inspires you to get outdoors and enjoy your backyard.
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