Posted on 03/29/2013
Now that springtime is here, your outdoor patio is going to get a lot more use. Before your first party, get the area ready to entertain.
Whether you have a large terrace, a pool patio or a classic deck, there are a handful of ways to remodel this entertainment space.
Start with the floor
The weather may be warming up, but especially in the springtime, nights can still be cool. Keep your floors warm all the time with radiant floor heating.
Floor heating is classically used indoors, but if your patio has a stone, tile or hardwood surface, you can implement it outdoors for optimal comfort.
Your guests will delight in slipping off their shoes during early spring nights. As the summer months roll in, they'll get the feeling that the floor's been just warmed by the sun well after it goes down.
Decorate the space
When revamping your patio space, you can approach its decor in a number of ways. For the summer months, especially if you're planning on entertaining, consider going for a beach side feel.
When your toes hit the outdoor heating, you'll get the toasty sensation of being by the ocean on a warm, sunny day. Keep this vibe going with your decorating choices.
Lighting fixtures are great for enhancing a space. Consider antique lantern-style fixtures to accomplish this. You may even be able to find some with colored glass for a playful edge. These also have a certain nautical quality to them that would go with your theme.
If you want to stay simple, try string lights. They've become increasingly more popular and are not as tacky as some may assume. As long as they're not in excess, they can be quite tasteful on a patio or deck.
Going along with the beach idea, some may be tempted to whip out the Tiki torches. These definitely succeed in making a fun atmosphere, but they don't necessarily warm things up.
Consider a fire-pit to more effectively heat the area. If you're not up for installing one in the terrace itself, there are plenty of above-ground pits to choose from in a variety of styles. These will give your outdoor entertainment space both comfort and aesthetic.
This enhanced decor along with upgraded flooring make for fantastic outdoor design. As spring melts into summer, your patio space will undoubtedly be a hit among all your guests.
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