6 must-have amenities for a luxurious patio

22 May, 2014

Summer is nearly here, which means it's time to focus on getting your patio ready for plenty of warm-weather get-togethers. The patio isn't just an outdoor space, it's an extension of your home. Therefore, it should evoke just as much elegance and luxury as your interior. Here are a few amenities that can enhance both the look and function of your patio:

While you enjoy natural light during the day, you'll need a way to brighten up your patio once the sun goes down. Be careful when choosing your light sources, as they have a powerful impact on the overall mood and tone of your space. You have more than a few options when it comes to illuminating your patio:

String lights: Create a whimsical ambiance by stringing lights throughout your patio. Wrap them around trees and hang them overhead to provide a soft, warm and inviting glow that is perfect for summer.

Lanterns: Adhere lantern-style wall sconces to your patio for a rustic feel. You can also use the light fixture as a centerpiece for your dinner table or place them near your fireplace for additional illumination.

Pendants: Pendants are great for providing light to specific areas, whether they're a counter for food prep or a space for dining and entertaining.

Outdoor lounge chairs will always be a relaxing way to enjoy your patio, but hammocks offer the ultimate way to unwind. You can breathe in the fresh outdoor air while subtly swinging yourself to sleep or getting lost in your favorite book.

The days during summer may be hot, but once the sun goes down, the air can be a bit brisk. Firepits are the ideal way to warm up the space while offering a cozy ambiance for you and your guests. A firepit is the perfect focal point for your patio, providing a comfortable space for you and your guests to gather, chat and relax. Place plenty of snug seating around the pit to encourage people to sit down and unwind. You should also store pillows and blankets nearby just in case. You may even want to have materials for s'mores nearby for a late-night snack that everyone will enjoy.

Consider adding a pergola to your patio. This covering provides seclusion and helps define the area while still allowing the sun to shine in and breezes to blow through. A pergola also provides much-needed shade for those hot summer days. Add lush greenery to the structure using ivy, vines, or other plants and flowers.

Soothing sounds
Put a focus on serenity and relaxation by introducing soothing sounds to your patio. Consider implementing structures featuring the calming trickle of water or use weatherproof outdoor speakers to provide nature sounds or music for your patio.

Flowers are a simple way to provide color to your patio. Hang baskets of blooms, place them on side tables, or use them as a centerpiece on your outdoor table to freshen up the space.