Outdoor living is an important part of your home's appeal and value. From a wood deck that offers a place for your grill and dining table to an elaborate screened porch, deck, and patio combination for entertaining friends and family, your outdoor living space will also become a functional part of your home. If you are in the process of constructing a space outdoors, consider a patio space styled with your favorite pieces of farmhouse accents, décor, and furniture. To increase your home's value with a patio, while aligning with the rustic farmhouse style, use these must-have tips.
Concrete, Stone, Wood
The ease of measuring out your layout and pouring concrete makes for an affordable patio option. However, you can enhance the look of a concrete slab patio using faux finishes and stone or wood accents.
To get started, consider a stamped concrete patio in a darker color tone. A deep brown or rustic red will both complement your farmhouse style well. Faux finishes can also be worked into the stamping process on your concrete patio. Faux stone designs add instant appeal without increasing costs tremendously.
Stone accent pieces surrounding the patio will add definition and color to the space. Cobblestones can connect your deck to the patio, which will create a larger, custom outdoor living space. Or, use the stones to create a walkway from the patio to the front or side of your house.
Be sure to incorporate wood elements into your patio design, as well. Large plants constructed out of barn wood pieces and filled with dwarf trees can add a natural element to your patio space.
Once the construction is complete, you can begin arranging furniture on your patio. Fortunately, there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to buying patio furniture.
Aligning with your rustic look is easy, since most outdoor furniture is constructed out of wood or wrought iron. Choose from a conversational set of furniture that includes a small loveseat, two chairs and ottomans, and an occasional table. Opt for upholstery that is weather and sun resistant, which will not discolor or warp when outdoors.
If you plan to use your patio for dining, choose a table that will accommodate your desired number of guests. Most people will choose a round or rectangular table and chair set that is perfect for up to 6 guests.
If your patio is large enough, consider both sets of furniture. Some of your guests can sit and dine at the table while others enjoy talking and sipping beer, wine, or soda in the conversational area.
Farmhouse style is all about décor, so finding accent pieces to add style and personality to your outdoor living space will be easy.
Every farmhouse space needs rustic serving trays. These trays can be used for actual serving purposes or they can become centerpieces on the dining or occasional tables. Choose a chunky wood tray that with elegant votive candles or a large, distressed metal tray that can hold a pitcher and glasses.
Lighting is also important for your outdoor space. For farmhouse style that will stand the test of time, invest in a few large lanterns that can be placed along every few feet of cobblestone on your patio. Use battery-powered candles inside each lantern for easy illumination at night.
You can also arrange string lights in an X shape over the top of your patio. Consider solar-powered string lights that do not require batteries or effort to turn the lights on once it becomes dark.
A farmhouse-styled patio may seem difficult to create. However, the use of stone, wood, and decorative accents will ensure this outdoor living space is appealing, valuable, and functional.