5 Excellent Ways to Update Your Patio for the Summer


Summer days and nights are best enjoyed outside, especially in the lake area. Time can be spent hosting BBQs, lounging by the pool, or hanging out watching the kids play in the yard. John Elliott Interiors in Osage Beach can help you make that outdoor living space both comfortable and gorgeous for a season full of fun in the sun!

You'll find the most beautiful and luxurious outdoor furniture at the Lake of the Ozarks inside our showroom. Inside today's blog, you'll find a few helpful tips for getting your patio into shape for now through next fall before the winter cold chases us indoors once again.

Create Shaded Areas
On sweltering summer days, sometimes the only way to be comfortable outside is with a little bit of shade. Adding a pergola to your patio creates shelter from the summer heat and makes it cozy enough to enjoy through the fall. A pergola also creates a comfortable 'room' and can be used to separate a seating area from the rest of the outdoor space. Even the addition of a large, beautifully decorated umbrella over an outdoor table can give you some much-needed shade from the hot summer rays.

Add Natural Color
You can easily add your favorite colors to an outdoor living space with seat cushions and accessories, but don't forget to take advantage of some natural pops of color as well. Flowers not only make your patio area look stunning but they also make the yard smell amazing. Even if you live in a condo without a yard, add some beautiful blooms in pots instead. 

If you don't have a green thumb, try planting succulents. They are super trendy and require little to no effort. Succulents thrive on sunlight, only need a little water, and live for a long time so they are the perfect no-fuss plants for a vacation home. 

Update the Lighting
As the temperatures continue to get hotter during the day, you'll be more likely to spend time outdoors in the evenings. Proper lighting makes that experience a lot more pleasant. 

Downward facing lights create a warmer and gentler glow than upward facing bulbs. Replace your old light fixtures with new ones that set a cozier atmosphere. Hanging string lights or lanterns are an easy way to light up a patio for a summer party, or bring out all your candles and lanterns for a laid-back, romantic evening.

Get Fired Up
Fire features create the perfect centerpiece. They can provide a perfect smores spot that your kids will love and a great gathering place for a group of friends to swap stories and share a few laughs. Fire features are more than eye candy. The smoke from your fire pit is a natural mosquito repellent and the warmth will keep you out on your patio well into late fall.

Bring the Bar Outside
If you aren't able to build a full outdoor bar, or you're entertaining before your master plans have come into full effect, create a temporary bar area. You can use outdoor shelving, a bar height table, drink cart, or DIY drink station to hold your summer beverages. All you really need to keep your guests entertained is an ice bucket, serving station, and plenty of delicious cocktails.

With these easy updates, you can make your outdoor patio your favorite gathering place. Whether you want to make it a cozy spot for date night, the perfect place for entertaining guests, or a way to get the whole family to spend time together outside, these tips are sure to help. Our interior design experts at the Lake of the Ozarks are always available to offer inspiration and advice. From updating your current style to an entire makeover, together we can create the home of your dreams. Visit us for all of your luxury home furnishings at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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