Don’t run away and hibernate from your patio just because it is wintertime! There are lots of ways you can have a functional patio in the middle of February. Whether your desire is to hang out with your loved ones in the evenings or on a quiet Saturday afternoon with tea, the following ideas will ensure you make the most of your patio all season long.
Add a Wind Breaker Wall
Have you ever thought about installing a windbreak wall? With this type of wall, you can still enjoy the view of your surroundings while it shields you from wind gusts. This will also help transform the overall look of your patio providing space to display décor, outdoor thermometers or add storage hooks and shelves.
Add Throw Pillows and Warm Blankets
There is nothing more comforting than having blankets and throw pillows to keep you and your guests warm while you enjoy the evening on your patio. The overall decor also gets a boost when you add the throw pillows to the decor, especially if the upholstery in the patio furniture is pale.
Here are some of our favorite throw pillows and blankets
Winthome Luxury Extra Soft Wool Blanket Throw
Modern Simple Geometric Style Soft Linen Burlap Square
Northpoint Cashmere Velvet
Deconovo Corduroy Tufted Home Decorative Pillow
Add an Outdoor Heater or Fireplace
To enjoy a quiet relaxing evening on your patio, it is necessary that you have optimum heating to keep you warm as well as lighting throughout the night. You can opt for a permanent fireplace, but a portable fireplace will give you more flexibility and allow for rearranging of your patio down the road.
If installing a fireplace is not your thing, you can become more creative with the addition of an outdoor heater. Most of the heaters come as propane-powered. So, while you sit with your loved ones, sipping hot chocolate, tea and telling stories, the outdoor heater will keep everyone warm and toasty.
Add Carpet and Lighting
Outdoor carpet is perfect for adding comfort and warmth to a patio area. It holds up incredibly well, with a potential life of up to 20 years and is very easy to clean. Liven up your patio with outdoor table lamps, string lights or help your family enjoy a game of Monopoly with good patio lighting. Outdoor lighting adds elegance and functionality to any space.
Add Skylights and Let the Sunshine In
Everyone loves skylights. They bring light in and turn a dark patio into a bright and sunny escape. Especially this time of year, having that extra light brighten even the darkest days of winter. For those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and can’t spend a lot of time outdoors, being in well-lit interior space can make all the difference. There is also the added benefit of solar heating from a skylight. To do so, you’ll need to make sure you get one with a high solar heat gain coefficient.
Enjoying an ambient and dry patio during winter is achievable. With the use of outdoor heaters, throw pillows and blankets, enclosed patios and wind breaking walls, you will be able to enjoy yourself in the winter instead of spending the winter hibernating inside.
Tell us: What are some of your favourite ways to keep warm on your patio during the cold winter months? Do you have a special hot chocolate or soup recipe you enjoy?