17 Ways to Pretty Up Your Patio for Spring

Wake up your patio for spring with these simple yet stunning seasonal updates that are perfect for both lazy Sundays and evening gatherings.

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Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

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Cozy Spot for Relaxing + Entertaining

Once a simple, paved spot around the front of this midcentury modern home, transformed into a bold and beautiful spot for entertaining friends and family during the warm-weather months.

Modular Lounge Area

Use modular seating elements to create a versatile patio for easy entertaining. This woven, resin sofa has gray tones similar to the exterior paint of the home. It can be set up as a sofa flanked with armless chairs, a seven-seater sofa or a three-seater sofa with a chaise.

Splashes of Color

Update your exterior furniture for spring by simply swapping out throw pillows. These hot pink pillows in a vintage-inspired print energize the neutral upholstery and add character.

Shades of Gray

When choosing furniture for your outdoor space, consider more up-to-date neutrals such as charcoal or medium gray rather than beige or taupe. This is more chic and edgy and will allow for a more lounge-like feeling.

Soft Underfoot

If your home has a basic concrete slab patio that's lacking in character, an excellent way to transform it is with an oversized outdoor area rug with a graphic pattern and color scheme.

Showstopping Azaleas

As the weather starts to become more and more pleasant, set one of your weekend days aside to prune and care for any of the bushes along the exterior of your house. Several days or weeks later, the blooms will kick in and the exterior will seem brand new.

Impromptu Dining

By adding a folding bistro table and four stackable chairs in a corner of your patio, you’ll offer guests a comfy spot to enjoy coffee over sunrises or cocktails at sunset.

Classic Hues

If you're stumped as to what color to go with in your main design elements, keep in mind the classic, timeless appeal of black and white. To coordinate with the charcoal and medium gray colors of this home's exterior, vintage-inspired stackable chairs were chosen.

Container Gardens

If you don't have proper beds around the front of your house for planting perennials, try planting bushes like azaleas into containers and grouping them in odd numbers. This will pop bold color into the space and add plenty of texture.

Space Planning

The best way to add the most function possible to a patio is to break it up into zones. Here, a small dining area is tucked into the corner near the front door, allowing space to enter and exit the front door. Along the very front of the house sits a zone designated for lounging complete with modular elements such as occasional tables, garden stools and a reconfigurable sofa that can be changed as needed.

Stunning Entrance

Hands down, the biggest way to make a massive change in your curb appeal is with a new front door. To honor the sleek, midcentury modern-lines of this house, a transitional door in a walnut finish was chosen. The inset panel detail adds depth, while the period-appropriate hardware gives the door a classic midcentury feel.

Custom Hardware

A budget-friendly way to get a custom look for your front door is to choose a stocked door from your local building supplier, then accessorize it with made-to-order hardware in a style appropriate to the home's architecture.

Fresh Welcome Mat

Although just a small design element, a simple switch of welcome mats can make a nice impact on your front entrance. After a long winter with wet, grimy ground surfaces, give your patio a rinse with a pressure washer and change out darker, hardier welcome mats for more light and airy ones.

Personality Pieces

Bring a one-of-a-kind touch to your patio with design elements certain to provoke conversation between guests and neighbors. Simple statues such as these greyhounds introduce a graphic, organic shape to a space and can help break up the rigid lines of brick or siding.

Updated Lighting

If you've been living with the same low-end exterior light fixtures that were included with your home purchase, mix things up with a wall sconce. Choose something that fits in with your architecture, and go with a finish that's classic and certain to stand the test of time. Although installing a wall-mounted fixture is something many DIYers think they can do themselves, it's best to leave the wiring to a licensed professional.

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