Patio’s often represent a missed opportunity for their owners to expand and better utilize their living space. If you’re one of those people who has underestimated the value of that space but wants to better incorporate it into your daily living routine, we’ve listed some ideas that are sure to convert your forgotten patio area into one of your favorite living spaces.

Lush Living

Greenery can do wonders for any space; especially your patio. Potted trees, bushes, and flowers will soften your patio space, give it its own character and add a bit of privacy to your space if you need it. Choosing the right kind of greenery for your personal lifestyle is the key here.

Perhaps you’d like to choose fruit or vegetable producing trees and bushes, or a variety of invigorating smelling herbs. When choosing your patio garden variety, keep in mind that many plants and bushes will do double time warding away pests and insects from your space. Aside from those benefits, greenery will constantly have your back by churning out a constant supply of clean, fresh oxygen to keep you healthy.


One great way of adding comfort and style to your patio is to install an awning. Awnings available by companies like Patioworld NSW Pty Ltd and similar businesses create a warm and definitive outdoor living space. They also protect your outdoor furniture from the elements, such as sun and water damage.

If all that isn’t enough, they also help offer an insulation buffer for your home by keeping harsh sun rays from streaming directly into your windows and the same for cold, rain and snow in the winter. You can further accessorize awnings by hanging wind chimes, bird feeders, or vines and flowers around the posts and edges for a little extra charm.

Light up Your Life

Light does wonders for the human body and mind and can be used in a myriad of ways to enhance moods and set the ambiance for your outdoor living space. There are many outdoor lighting options to choose from including bold, stringed, themed lighting, small twinkle lights and solar garden lighting.

The key is to not overdo it. Going overboard will make space feel stark and overly stimulating rather than like a relaxing mini paradise. Incorporate a mixture of lights to illuminate your patio just softly enough to make it feel enchanting and peaceful.

Final Touches

Completing your patio’s new life makeover can be brought together with just a few additional warm touches. Here’s a checklist of options that will add some interest and excitement to your outdoor living area.

  • Outdoor Sound System
  • Fire Pit, Lanterns, or Tiki Torches
  • Area Rug
  • Small Water Feature
  • Games
  • Small Electric Foot Massager

Of course, your options for great patio living are only limited by your space size, budget and—of course—your imagination. So, go for it! Decide what you’d like to do and then check out some local thrift shops, yard sales, and free giveaway sites to help you gather what you need to breathe new life to your patio while expanding your personal living space.