As we approach another summer during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are looking for ways to turn our homes into the vacation retreats of our dreams. While cases are down in many parts of the world, going on an actual vacation can be nerve-wracking to say the least, and even frightening for many of us. We don’t want to get sick, after all!
That’s why I’ve decided to turn my patio at home into something that looks like a true tropical resort. Obviously, there are a lot of facets of this, but I think the most important one is the umbrella for enjoying the cool shade. I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, though – let me tell you how to get a fantastic retreat right at home!
Determining Your Space
Only you know the area that you’re working for. Of course, there are plenty of options. Our patios often look quite different, after all – maybe yours is large and made of wood, or it might be a smaller one. Maybe you’ve enclosed it and made more of a sun room. No matter what you’re working with, it’s important to figure out how to make the best of it.
Before you go out and purchase anything, you’ll want to take some basic measurements of where you are planning to create your little at home vacation space. Sketching out a floor plan can be really helpful, and adding measurements so you don’t buy anything too big helps save you time and energy in the long run (and probably money, too)!
For more tips on this, you might want to check out this blog post from HGTV. I know I turn to them a lot when I’m feeling stuck or uninspired. After all, I grew up watching shows like Property Brother and Love it or List it – that’s why I got into home renovation and décor at all! Setting the foundation for your space is the best way to start off on the right foot.
Decide Your Vibe
This was probably the most difficult part for me. I know what I like, of course. Pale yellows and pinks – really, anything in the realm of pastels is my favorite colors. Wooden furniture, or even cabana style, makes me feel like I’m off at a resort. However, translating that into decorating…well, it can be harder than it seems.
I turned to the internet, of course, as many of us tend to do. I researched the trends for 2022 summer home décor and found this page from Vogue: https://www.vogue.com/article/interior-design-trends-2022. I didn’t use it as gospel, of course, but picked and chose what styles really stood out to me.
I like the current trend of picking brown shades for furniture and some accents. I think it really makes a space feel warm and homey. That fit my vision for a relaxing patio to enjoy with my family. I also really like the idea of finding furniture that is inspired by nature. A table that is made of wood and looks like a tree trunk – things in that line.
If none of this sounds appealing to you, that’s totally okay! Maybe you prefer a bright, poppy space filled with color and more modern furniture. That’s the beauty of home design – at the end of the day, it’s up to you! Once you find what you vibe with, you’re well on your way to creating a perfect space for you.
How are You Going to Use it?
The final step I’ll discuss today is deciding how you want to use the space you are creating. For me, I realized I wanted a location to sit in with my family, my friends, and my loved ones. Somewhere to sit back and enjoy a cold, fruity drink while everyone’s kids play in the yard – where we can watch them safely and not have to worry too much about injuries.
Of course, this really determines what furniture items to purchase. Since I knew I would be spending a lot of time in the sun, but I get sun burn very easily, I figured I should probably invest in a patio umbrella. An example is the Watson’s square patio umbrella, but there are plenty of options out there of course! Decide what shape and style you want and go from there.
Maybe you’re looking to create a poolside retreat. You might want to consider what kind of seating to get (waterproof or water resistant, for example). That’s also a good idea if you live in a rainy area, of course – no one wants to invest in making an outdoor space only for it to get ruined.
No matter what you are planning to do with your patio, I hope you found this advice useful. Your at-home vacation is just a little bit of home design away!