Outdoor living provides comfort, relaxation, and enjoyment that’s hard to beat. Fresh smells, cool breezes, and warm sunshine provide the perfect backdrop for dinner parties, morning reading sessions, and laughter with friends and family. While you might be used to having a deck for this purpose, there are benefits to having a patio with a concrete slab instead. Contrary to what you might think, this feature doesn’t have to be drab and boring.
Check out these ways to spruce up your cement slab and turn your outdoor space into a beautiful and functional gathering place.
Beauty Tips for Your Patio
One of the reasons concrete slabs can take on a harsh or drab appearance is because of their severe linear edges. Outdoor spaces should be filled with organic lines that mimic the surrounding natural elements. While you don’t have control over the shape of your concrete slab, you can soften the edges with pavers, mulch, or river rock. Rounding out the edges of the concrete slab will soften its look and help it blend more naturally into your landscaping.
Surround with Shrubs
Liven up your outdoor space by placing plants around or above your patio. Taller shrubs and bushes can create a natural privacy fence, and planters and pots can be strategically placed around the patio to add life, color, and texture that will command much more attention in your outdoor living space than the concrete slab underfoot.
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Finish with Furniture
Gorgeous outdoor furniture can make any outdoor space feel welcoming. Mix colors, textures, and sizes of furniture to create various stopping points for the eye. To make the space feel even cozier, choose a brightly colored rug to anchor the main living area. You’ll love the way your patio feels like an extension of your home.
Benefits of a Patio Versus a Deck
Decks can be beautiful and enhance the value of a home, but patios have some definite advantages.
- Lower maintenance
- Longer life span
- Fewer weight restrictions
- Increased privacy as a result of being lower to the ground
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