25 Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas To Transform Your Backyard

Posted by Thomas Kay on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

 

Need a fresh idea to make a noticeable difference in the backyard?

This list of 25 Patio Decorating Tips will cover a variety of simple projects that will both attract attention & serve a useful purpose in any outdoor space.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas

We will explore some of the most popular outdoor trends & professional exterior design tips including:

-  Outdoor Arrangement Ideas

-  Creative Patio Lighting

-  Landscaping & Gardening Tips

-  Outdoor Entertaining Advice

-  And Much More

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Tip  # 1 :  Create Spot To Gather

Perhaps the best place to get started is by creating a space in the backyard with plenty of space for family & friends to sit & gather around.

This can be anything from a fire pit, a shady tree, fountain or sculpture, a favorite piece of artwork; whatever your favorite part of your backyard, arrange seating to attract attention & make a welcoming hangout spot.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Create A Spot To Gather

 

Tip # 2 :  Use Trees To Provide Light

Trees are rarely put to any use at night mainly because there is never enough light around them to attract attention.

From Christmas lights to candles, there are plenty of creative ways to make your trees a little brighter.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Use Trees To Provide Light 

 

Tip # 3 :  Patterns Help Everything Match 

No matter what furniture style or material you are using, one simple pattern (top right) can help everything come together.

If you have all the same material furniture (bottom), use similar colors & designs instead of identical ones to add some necessary variety.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Patterns Help Everything Match 

 

Tip # 4 :  Heaters Are Both Warm & Inviting

Chilly weather should not stop you from enjoying the beauty of your backyard.

Outdoor heaters are an easy addition & can help motivate guests to take that first step outside when weather can be questionable.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Heaters Are Warm & Inviting  

 

Tip # 5 :  Design A Creative Space For Games 

Creating a dedicated spot in the backyard for your favorite game is sure to attract attention.

Organize a family DIY project to create the new, favorite place in the backyard.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Design A Creative Space For Games

 

Tip # 6 :  Ice Chest's Keep Drinks Cool & Inviting

Another creative DIY project to work on is making an ice chest for the warm months.

Whether there is alcohol or not, an outdoor ice chest is sure to grab a lot of attention; alcohol can usually help though.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: An Ice Chest Keeps Drinks Cool & Inviting

 

Tip # 7 :  A Mirror Can Make A Difference

Mirrors are an easy addition that can make a substantial & immediate impact to an outdoor space.

Big or small, use mirrors to expand any area & it is easy to find a design to match your style.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: A Mirror Can Make A Difference

 


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Tip # 8 :  Incorporate The Water Element

Adding the water element, such as a fountain or pond, is not the easiest of these backyard projects; but it does make the biggest splash.

Fountains can be used to be the center of attention or provide the perfect accent to your favorite outdoor spot.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Incorporate The Water Element

 

Tip # 9 :  Grab A Lot Of Shade With A Giant Umbrella

Jumbo sized umbrellas are the best way to cover a large area of the patio; not to mention they are quite eye catching as well.

Normal umbrellas won't be able to protect larger furniture arrangements like a deep seating sectional or a trio of chaise lounges.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Grab A Lot Of Shade With A Giant Umbrella

 

Tip # 10 :  Find Artwork To Accent The Look & Style

Hanging artwork & sculptures brings a distinctive look, while adding more life to the theme you are going for.

Consider using a cultural piece to make it your patio feel more like of a part of you.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Find Artwork To Accent The Look & Style

 

Tip # 11 :  Use String Lights For Easy & Elegant Lighting

String lights are perfect for outdoor lighting because they are small enough to be difficult to see during the day & there are so many bulbs to spread the light out easily at night.

The best part about them is their versatility & variety; you will be surprised how easy it is to find a set to match any area of patio.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Use String Lights For Easy & Elegant Lighting

 

Tip # 12 :  Find A Place To Swing From

An outdoor swing can be one of the most enticing areas of the backyard.

They serve as a perfect oasis to escape by yourself; or perhaps enjoy your day outside swinging with someone special.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Find A Place To Swing From

 

Tip # 13 :  Large Rocks Are Easy To Add & Maintain

If you are looking for a little to no maintenance outdoor project, consider incorporating large rocks into your landscape.

Aside from putting them in, there is no work needed to keep these up; so they can keep on absorbing attention year after year.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Large Rocks Are Easy To Add & Maintain

 

Tip # 14 :  Incorporate The Fire Element

The only thing more attractive then water is fire; using fire anywhere in an outdoor space is sure to get some wow's.

Most fire pits use propane tanks, making them more portable & versatile than ever before.

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Tip # 15 :  Archways Provide Nice Transitions

One of the most inviting outdoor pieces to use is an archway.

Archways are best used to set a transition from one outdoor area to another.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Archways Provide Nice Transitions

 

Tip # 16 :  Fill Wall Space & Attract Birds With A Bird House

Empty wall space is not necessarily a bad thing, but for some it might seem too vacant; if so consider inviting some graceful guests to spend time there.

One of the best ways to use wall is by making a home for local birds to spend their days, also creating a wonderful sight that can be enjoyed on a daily basis.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Fill Wall Space & Attract Birds With A Bird House

 

Tip # 17 :  Inconspicuous Bluetooth Speakers Are Convenient & Decorative

Music is a big part of outdoor entertaining, but hooking up just any old set of speakers outside is not usually an attractive looking sight.

There are a variety of outdoor Bluetooth speakers that make listening outside easy on the effort & on the eyes.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Inconspicuous Bluetooth Speakers Are Convenient & Decorative

 

Tip # 18 :  Dining Areas Should Have The Best View

If you enjoy eating outside then consider setting up the dining table to look upon the best view in the entire backyard.

Doesn't matter if that view is overlooking something as grand as an ocean, or something as small as a garden; just make sure it is your favorite place to spend time & make memories.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Dining Areas Should Have The Best View

 

Tip # 19 :  Hang Up A Hammock

Hanging a hammock is one of the simplest ways to add a new & personal area to the patio.

There used to be only one basic style but now you can find hammocks in more creative ways than you could imagine.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Hang Up A Hammock

 

Tip # 20 :  Repel Bugs With Citronella candles & Torches

Using candles & torches are usually pretty common to see in outdoor spaces; however most are not burning citronella.

Citronella will repel unwanted mosquito's & other bugs away while at the same time providing the gorgeous flame to set the mood.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Repel Bugs With Citronella Candels & Troches

 

Tip # 21 :  Create A Focal Point Of The Backyard

Every outdoor space should at least have one piece to act as a focal point that leaves a lasting impression & sets it apart from the rest.

This can be something as inspiring as a waterfall or a fire; this can also be something as basic as an unique piece of artwork or a small garden.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Create A Focal Point Of The Backyard

 

Tip # 22 :  The Cocktail Cart Is Always A Happy Sight

Cocktails are a large part of outdoor entertaining; cocktail carts & stands make preparing & mixing drinks outside easy to enjoy.

The carts add a nice portability to move & enjoy anywhere around the patio, but a stand can act a permanent attention magnet.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: The Cocktail Cart Is Always A Happy Sight

 

Tip # 23 :  Make A Place To Sit Under The Tree

The biggest shame of having a large, shady tree is not setting up a place to sit & relax underneath.

There are lots of creative ways to make a seating area perfect under your tree; could be a drinking hangout, a secluded reading spot, or a place to spend romantic nights.

 

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Make A Place To Sit Under The Tree

 

Tip # 24 :  Drapes & Curtains Are A Pretty Way To Block The Sun

Perhaps one of the most elegant patio design tips on the list, use curtains or drapes to add that special touch.

This unique look can completely transform the look & feel of an outdoor space.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Drapes & Curtains Are A Pretty Way To Block The Sun

 

Tip # 25 :  Living Walls Are Always Unique

Living walls have come back with a bang & are sprouting up all over social media.

Explore online for some inspiration or come up with a unique arrangement of your own.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Living Walls Are Always Unique

 



 

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Fireplace Designs & Fireside Luxury by R.H. Peterson

Posted by Thomas Kay on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:51 PM

 

What do you have warming your home and outdoor space? 

It is not common to see extreme cold weather in Southern California, but when temperatures reach below 70 degrees it might be time to get a fire started. So what are you going to use to warm up your guests?

Join us as we explore the hearth & home world of R.H. Peterson as well as the many different types of outdoor fire products they have to offer. Hope you enjoy.

 

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R.H. Peterson offers a complete range of high-end, casual fireside products.take a look at R.H. Peterson's:

  • Fireplace logs and glass that bring a unique and distinct atmosphere to a fireplace.

  • Outdoor hearth fire pits and fire tables that can transform any backyard into a luxurious outdoor space.

  • And their gorgeous, custom outdoor fireplaces and firewalls which are so distinguished and authentic, they truly can make an outdoor space one of a kind.

 

Fireplace Logs & Glass

Wood used to be the only thing you would see burning in a fireplace, but now thanks to gas burners we don't need wood to keep the fire going.

Take a look at R.H. Peterson's line of premium gas logs, Real Fyre. Real Fyre specializes in ceramic campfire arrangements, glass and stone fireplace inserts. These inserts last for years and protect natural resources to reduce pollution.

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  • Superior refractory ceramics ensure the logs retain their strength at high temperatures.

  • Burns efficiently while protecting natural resources and reducing pollution.

  • High definition bark and natural colors for an authentic wood look.

  • Steel rods inserted in each log provides maximum reinforcement.

  • Accessories available to enhance the look of your hearth.

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Contemporary Fyre Glass & Stone

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  • Made of high-temperature glass designed to withstand the heat of the fire.

  • Capture and reflect the flames throughout your hearth or patio setting.

  • Glass and stone are clean alternatives to wood burning.

  • 15 vibrant colors are available.

  • Radiant heat while in operation and after set has been turned off.

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Outdoor Hearth

R.H. Peterson also has a unique line of outdoor hearth products, American Fyre Designs.

American Fyre Designs have a great range products including fire table, fire pits, and firewalls that make it easy to make your favorite spot outside a little warmer.

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Casual Fire

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  • American Fyre fire tables are produced with high grade stone, tempered glass and reinforced steel.

  • Fire table flame is adjustable for comfort.

  • Wood, glass, gems and stones are all available as fire options.

  • Wind guards are available to protect your flame from mild wind.

  • Accessories are available to enhance the look of your firetable. 

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Fire Pits & Urns

American Fyre Designs by R.H. Peterson

  • Made from a combination of fiber reinforced concrete and high temperature refractory cement.

  • Fire pit flame is adjustable for comfort.

  • Wind guards are available to protect your flame from mild wind.

  • Wood, glass, gems and stones are all available as fire setting options.

  • More accessories are available to enhance the look of your fire table. 

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Custom Fireplaces

American Fyre Designs by R.H. Peterson

  • Each fireplace is built custom to fit perfectly in the perfect spot in the backyard.

  • Made from a combination glass-fiber and reinforced concrete.

  • This tough material is lightweight yet strong enough to take on the elements.

  • Wood, glass, gems and stones are all available as fire setting options.

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Custom Fire falls

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  • Every fire fall is custom made to fit any outdoor space.

  • Flowing waterfall in the back and a glowing fire front.

  • Fireplace flame is adjustable for comfort.

  • Wood, glass, gems and stones are all available as fire setting options.

  • More accessories are available to enhance the look of your fire fall.

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21 Outdoor Fire Pits

Posted by Thomas Kay on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

 

It's no coincidence people always seem to naturally converge around the fire pit at backyard parties. In fact, humans have been sitting and socializing next to the fire for thousands of years. Thanks to a few advances in technology, today gas fire pits give you a roaring fire without making your clothes stink like a campfire. 

This short blog features 21 outdoor spaces centered around modern outdoor fire pits. We hope you discover a fire pit that inspires you to shape your dream fire pit lounge. Enjoy!

 

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Before You Entertain.. Decide What Modern Heater Fits Your Patio?

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 @ 07:00 PM

 

Are you planning on opening up your doors to family and friends this New Year? Creating spaces for your guests to gather is important for a couple reasons. If you have snacks, drinks and a warm spot to sit down you have accomplished the first step to a great night. Setting the stage for a long night of conversation, laughing and story telling under the star filled California night. Outdoor heaters are designed to extend the life of your outdoor space or patio. How do you know what type of heater is best for your backyard? There are two modern outdoor heaters to consider when entertaining family, friends or guests. 

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Standing Heaters

Standing heaters are mobile and can be easily moved around which makes last minute changes to your big night simple. There are a variety of types of standing heaters, some with higher temperature outputs than others. Lava Heat heaters, like the three bellow with cylinder heat sources, give off minimal heat but are very popular in Los Angeles restaurants, homes and will be the hit of your party. Patio Comfort Heaters are not as mesmerizing to look at as Lava Heat but give off much more heat. 

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Patio Comfort Heaters

Quick Facts for Patio Comfort Standing Heaters
  • Heats 10-15 foot radius
  • Matchless ignition system
  • Natural gas or Propane tank (5 gallon)
  • Has wheels and moves around easily
  • Pre-assembled

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Hanging Heaters

One of the benefits of hanging heaters is that they do not take up floor space. Standing heaters have just about a foot in diameter base. While this is not much wasted area, the idea of hanging the heaters out of reach of any small children or animals is a plus. Hanging heaters radiate consistent heat and are powered electronically. 

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Major Brands of Hanging heaters

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4 Outdoor Heaters To Warm Up Your Backyard

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 @ 08:52 PM

 

Tis the season for long nights outside with loved ones gathered around the fire.

Temperatures are dropping and gone are the days of sitting outside on long summer warm nights. Fire pits, heaters and fireplaces are great ways to extend the use of your patio by warming up your backyard this holiday season.

Whether you are entertaining or relaxing with friends and family, these additions not only provide a warm place to gather around, but serve as the focal point in your backyard design scheme

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Choose a Type of Heater

There are four main products to consider that will warm up your backyard. Having just one or all of these products depends on the amount of space you are trying to heat.

  • Free Standing Heaters
  • Hanging Heaters
  • Fireplace
  • Fire Pit

 

A fire pit or fireplace is always where you should start. The size of a fireplace or fire pit makes it something to build around. These two products naturally become the center piece of your backyarda place to gather aroundkeep warm and catch up with family or friends.

Heaters that can be moved easier like standing or hanging heaters, are more versatile in a sense that you can move them if the location does not end up working. These types of heaters both have key qualities to fit your any type of outdoor space. Keep reading to find out which fits you! 

 

Plan a Location

Do you want your outdoor heater to be the centerpiece of your backyard?

Will you use this spot to entertain year round?

Is it just a warm spot to spend time outdoors?

Choosing a location is all about fitting your lifestyle. For example, do you enjoy entertaining? If so, then you may want your outdoor heater to be the center piece of your backyard to gather guests around.

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Four Outdoor Heating Products

 

Free Standing Heaters

Free standing heaters are versatile and convenient because they are mobile.

No matter the size or shape, free standing heaters can all be moved. Some easier than others, but usually will include a portable wheel kit.

Another great quality most standing heaters have is an all weather top. So no matter where you live, the elements do not effect the heat output.

This enables you to use your patio space in any weather or any time of the year. 

Here are a few all weather and portable free standing heaters from Patio Comfort Heaters.

 

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Hanging Heaters 

Hanging Heaters are very popular in today's best designed restaurants and homes for a couple reasons. They give off great consistent heat and do not take up any space on your patio. Hanging heaters are great for people who do not want to clutter their space.

These heaters are fueled by gas or electricity, and are safe for indoor or outdoor spaces. There are many different sizes, styles and brands to choose from when it comes to hanging heaters.

Bromic and Twin Eagles heaters are a great place to start when trying to get an idea of what heater is right for your outdoor or indoor space. 

 

Bromic Heaters

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Fire Pits

No longer are home owners satisfied with a deck and barbecue. Today fire pits are preferred in majority of homes in Southern California.

Having family, friends or guests gather and make hours of memories in your backyard is what is so attractive about having a fire pit. Many of today's fire pits run off natural gas or propane. Both are very affordable and provide high temperature outputs. 

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Fireplaces

Fireplaces require a bit more of a commitment than a fire pit because fireplaces are not mobile. Once you build a fireplace there is no moving it somewhere else, it must become a focal point of your outdoor space. Fireplaces built by a experienced hardscaper are works of art and can add that Wow factor to your backyard.

 

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Fireplaces are a great way to make a statement when entertaining. The addition of a little fire in your backyard or patio creates a modern and adventurous feel to any outdoor space.

Take a look at some of my favorite fireplaces

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What did you learn? 

When considering these four products to heat up your outdoor space, you should group them into two categories.

Fireplace/Fire Pits and Hanging Heaters/Free Standing Heaters.

All have their advantages but depending on your outdoor space's desired style and size some outdoor heating products may be less effective than others.

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