I’m an interior designer and I want to share with you some tips to freshen up your patio for summer.


An interior designer shares budget-friendly tips for refreshing your patio for summer.

If you buy one at an affordable price, it will instantly transform your home and make it more appealing.

Interior designer shares budget-friendly tips for refreshing your patio (Stock Photo)


Interior designer shares budget-friendly tips for refreshing your patio (stock photos)Credit: Getty

Joanna Konstantinou, interior designer Tapi Carpets and Floorsshared budget style advice.

Her decorating essentials include things that don’t risk losing the renter’s deposit.

Konstantinou explained that a properly sized rug is an easy way to enhance the look of any space.

“Pay attention to the size of the rug in relation to your outdoor space and the size of your furniture,” she advised.

“A rug that is too small will look disproportionate and make the space feel smaller, while a rug that is too large will feel oppressive.

“Aim for a rug size that is proportional to the size of your furniture and outdoor area.”

For outdoor patios with a neutral theme, the stylist recommended choosing a rug or pattern in a bold color to help it stand out.

“On the other hand, if your outdoor space is already filled with bright colors, choose a rug in a more subdued hue to balance the look,” she said.

“Placing an outdoor rug under key furniture pieces like sofas, dining tables and lounge chairs anchors the space and creates a focal point. This brings the furniture together and creates a sense of unity in your outdoor area.”

Upgraded flooring, such as laminate scraps, can also change the look of your patio.

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Konstantinou added that fairy lights are a no-brainer and essential decoration.

“Nothing makes a space feel more inviting than fairy lights. If you want to upgrade the look of your outdoor area, fairy lights are a must,” she said.

“They can be placed on the floor or wrapped around railings or seats, making them perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere on warm evenings.

“Solar-powered lights are extremely useful because they can capture energy outdoors during the day and then light up your space once the sun goes down.”

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Adding a little greenery can go a long way to making your outdoor space feel more outdoorsy, she adds.

“You can add plants to your balcony fence or garden with the right flower boxes and ensure that it is filled with colorful flowers,” she said.

“Not only is this great for wildlife, but it also creates a space that feels more like being in nature.

“If you have a shady spot, try planting begonias, busy lilies and hydrangeas. If you have a sunny spot, try planting coleus, zinnias and pelargoniums.”

Finally, you can refresh your furniture for next season by giving the furniture you already own a fresh coat of paint.

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“Try choosing bold colors to liven up your space, which will also accentuate what you already have,” she said.

“Then you can add outdoor cushions to the chairs for extra comfort.”

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