Home design and decorating ideas to get inspired

Now-a-days, decorating patios has become a popular way to extend or create another room to the home. In the past, the backyards of our homes were ruled by swing sets, sandboxes, tool sheds and the family dog; but this is no longer the case. Today the patio is many times thought of as another room to the house. By decorating it, the patio can become an enjoyable retreat to read, sunbathe or entertain. If you work at home, it can be a great alternative office on a pretty day to work and enjoy Gods beautiful creation around you. Now that we agree the patio is a great place to be, let get decorating!

A good way to begin getting your thoughts lined up is to choose a theme for your patio decor such as a mountain hideaway, a botanical garden spot, or maybe a European village. Open up your imagination. Maybe think of your favorite vacation spot. After you have decided on the theme, look for patio furniture and accessories which reflect it.

After theme, the next word in your decorating vocabulary will be color. Do you have a favorite color? If so, start with it (i.e. green) and think of ways to add various forms of it throughout the decor. Also use the accent (red) from the opposite side of the color wheel to add some contrast. Flowers in hanging baskets can help here, as will knick-knacks. (Be sure your baskets and other items coordinate with the theme you have chosen.) Maybe paint one wall in the accent color.

Now that you have chosen the theme and selected the colors, begin to personalize the area to reflect your hobbies, special interests and other things that make the area yours. Are you a crafty person? If so, display your work for your personal enjoyment and so friends and neighbors you entertain will be able to see them. If you are not crafty, check out flea markets and bazaars for items of interest by people who are which reflect the chosen patio theme and/or your personality. A variety of textures will add interest to the area fabric, metal and wood; rough and smooth, solids and prints.

Don 't forget other cute accent items such as solar lights, flags, wind chimes, bird feeders, etc. Get the old watering can out of the shed and recycle it into a planter. Suspend it from a hook and fill it with ivy or set it on the step to show off a mass of red geraniums. The only real limitations you have are space and budget. Once you free your imagination to be creative, you will begin to discover all sorts of new ways to add special touches to this new addition to your home.

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