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Top 10 Patio Must-Haves for 2023

A patio, deck or balcony is a great place to unwind and relax after a long day, and it's also perfect for hosting outdoor gatherings with friends and family. A well-appointed outdoor space can easily become an extension of your home and act as another living space during the warmer months. Whether you're starting from scratch or simply looking to spruce up your existing patio, there are a variety of things you can add to create an inviting and comfortable space. In this article, we'll share our 10 top must-haves for 2023 that you can add to your patio to enhance its beauty and functionality.

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10) Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen is perfect for those who love to entertain. It allows you to prepare meals while still being part of the party. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill and a small countertop, or as elaborate as a full kitchen with a sink, refrigerator, and stove.

9) Lighting

Outdoor lighting not only creates ambiance, but it also extends the time you can spend on your patio into the evening. Consider adding string lights, lanterns, or even a chandelier to add a touch of elegance to your patio. There’s nothing quite like enjoying your outdoor space with twinkling lights all around, just like your own personal set of stars.

8) Fire Pit

A  fire pit adds warmth and creates a cozy atmosphere on your patio. It's perfect for roasting marshmallows, telling stories, or just enjoying a glass of wine with friends. There are many types of fire pits available, from gas-powered to wood-burning. Whichever you choose, rest assured that you will soon be enjoying the glow from a lovely fire and may not want to go inside.

7) Water Feature

A Water Feature, such as a fountain or a small pond, adds tranquility and the soothing sound of running water to your patio. It's a great way to create a peaceful retreat in your backyard. A solar fountain can be a great option for a place where an electrical plug-in is not available. Your water feature can be even a small table-top fountain if it adds the sound and feel you are hoping to achieve.

6) Decorative Accents

Adding decorative accents, such as throw Stylish Throw Pillows, candles, or outdoor Artwork, can add a personal touch to your patio. Select weather resistant options so that they show their best all season long. Look for items that reflect your style and personality to make your patio truly your own.  

5) Outdoor Speakers

If you love music or listening to podcasts, consider adding outdoor speakers to your patio. They'll allow you to listen to your favorite tunes while enjoying the outdoors. These days there are many options that connect both easily and wirelessly to your smart phone so that you can be the DJ from your lounge chair. You can choose the perfect time for a duet of “I Got You Babe”!

4) Outdoor Rug

An outdoor rug adds texture and color to your patio, making your space cozier and more inviting. It also helps define the space and creates a focal point. Look for a rug that is made from durable materials that can withstand the elements and won’t blow around. These days there are many affordable rug options that will add style and function to your outdoor space. Consider grabbing a pair of indoor-outdoor slippers to make the transition between inside and outside extra easy.

3) Greenery

Adding plants and flowers to your patio not only adds colour and texture but also creates a calming atmosphere. Some plants, like citronella, lemongrass and lavender help to repel mosquitos too, so consider purchasing some of these. Plants look great and do well all season in stylish and functional  pots and planters. If space is limited, consider vertical wall gardens or hanging planters to add greenery without reducing your footprint. Plants can also offer a level of shade protection and privacy to your space if you have a very open set-up.

2) Shade

If your patio gets a lot of sun, adding shade is a must. Consider adding an umbrella, sun-sail or pergola to protect yourself and your friends from the sun's rays. A simple umbrella blocks out 90% of solar heat and they can reduce temperatures by up to 11 degrees Fahrenheit. With our summers getting hotter and hotter these days, a shade feature is essential for spending time outside in comfort.

And the #1 Must-have for your outdoor space is….

1) Comfortable Seating!

Having comfortable outdoor seating is paramount for any patio or deck. No one wants to sit on uncomfortable furniture, and you will be less likely to use the space. Whether you choose outdoor chairs, a sectional sofa, or a chaise lounge, make sure it's comfortable enough for you to relax in for hours. Consider the size of your patio and the number of people you plan to host when selecting your seating. Stackable or folding chairs are also a great option as they can be easily stored and brought out when needed.

At Inspiration Included, we believe that there are many things you can add to your patio to make it a comfortable and inviting space. From comfortable seating and outdoor rugs to fire pits and throw pillows and blankets, the possibilities are endless. With a little creativity and a few key additions, you can transform your patio into a place you'll love to spend time in. Peruse our selections at your leisure!

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