7 Ways to Perk Up Your Patio

These patios feature custom-built furniture, extravagant fire pits and folding glass walls that add instant style to any dull, outdoor space.

By: Virginia Switzer

Invite the Indoors Outside

Create additional outdoor space with fabulous folding glass walls. This living room takes advantage of gorgeous outdoor views year-round, while the patio is a pleasant place to lounge as evening breezes flow through the house. 

Consider Durable Patio Furniture

Built-in seating is a great option if you want a patio that stands up to weather and other outdoor elements. This ultimate gathering space is made from concrete materials. Decorative pillows add a touch of color and softness. 

Add Flair With a Fire Pit

This majestic fire pit is ideal for gathering with guests on a cool evening. It's a functional focal point that invites relaxation and conversation amongst a crowd. 

Shade Your Patio With a Pergola

Not only is this beautifully designed structure an architectural focal point, it adds instant comfort on sunny days. Subtle bistro lights, an inviting fireplace, a grill station and cozy wicker furniture complete this outdoor room. 

Pick Interesting Accessories

Don't settle for dull patio furniture that's an uncomfortable eyesore. Upgrade your patio with artistic flair that complements your design style. Local craftsmen and artisans can be great resources for unique metal finds. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz. 

Warm Up to a Fireplace

While a fire pit is a great option for larger gatherings, fireplaces create a cozy ambiance for intimate settings. This gas hearth features captivating flames and sleek design that enhances any outdoor experience. 

Design the Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming much more fully functional. From refrigerators to side burners, flat-screen televisions to surround sound, a full-service outdoor kitchen will take your patio to the next level. Photo courtesy of Cal Flame. 

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