Concrete patios are usually not the most attractive feature of any landscape. Cold and plain, they can leave a homeowner frustrated and longing for an expensive wooden deck. Don't give up on your concrete patio if that deck is out of reach for the time being. There are some simple and inexpensive ways you can decorate your concrete patio that may even inspire you to keep it around for a little while longer.
One of the problems with concrete patios is that they tend to either end abruptly or blend into the surrounding landscape. Soften the transition by adding a colorful edge to the patio with potted plants. Alternatively, create a vertical border. You can do this easily by stacking landscaping bricks into short columns, then placing a wide board across the columns, with the ends of the board resting on top of the columns. Do this on only one side of the patio, or around the entire thing. Then, soften the columns by placing a potted plant in front of (and on top of, if you wish) each one. Place cushions on the boards to create instant guest seating. Just be sure to build enough columns to support your guests, if you are going to be using it for seating.
Rugs and paint
Consider buying an outdoor rug. Lay the rug on top of the concrete patio to add instant color and interest to the space. Or, paint your concrete patio. Use a special paint formulated for concrete or a concrete stain. These are easy to apply with a spray gun or rollers, and both the paints and stains dry quickly in the sun. Consider first painting, then laying a rug over the concrete patio.
One of the easiest ways to decorate your concrete patio is to add furniture that will distract your guests' attention away from the concrete beneath their feet. Buy a beautiful patio set, complete with umbrella and table, a graceful wooden bench, or set a portable fire pit in the middle of the concrete, with some chairs placed around it. A glider or freestanding swing is sure to be a hit with family and friends, and the delicious smells of a barbecue are all but certain to be more interesting than an ugly concrete patio. Finally, don't forget to draw the attention of your guests upward. If the patio is against the side of the house, hang some plants on the house, or a ceramic barometer, outdoor clock, wall fountain or other conversation piece.
How to Decorate Concrete Floors
Concrete floors present an amazing range of decorating options. The surface can be saw-cut to look like brick or stone floors for...
How to Decorate a Concrete Patio
The sight of a concrete patio can disappoint even the most creative homeowner or apartment dweller. Cold and generally uninviting, a concrete...
How to Design a Concrete Patio
When designing a patio space, give lots of thought to family activities for the patio. Create the space to work well presently...
How to Decorate a Cement Bench
A cement bench provides a sturdy yet attractive option for an outdoor space such as a patio, garden or front porch. While...
How to Decorate a Concrete Slab in Your Backyard
Concrete is plain and not particularly stylish or attractive to look at, but that is not how it has to be. You...
- Frugal Ideas for a Cement Patio
Concrete Patio Design Ideas
Concrete is used in many building and construction designs, especially patios. It produces a hard, durable surface or clean, smooth edging and...