Even though Texas winters aren’t the coldest or the snowiest, they can make you reluctant to spend any more time outside than necessary. For lovers of outdoor recreation and entertainment, it can be difficult to abandon the patio for a few months. However, you won’t have to with these tips for making your patio enjoyable in the winter.
Bring the Heat
Adding patio heaters is a great way to keep the cold air out of your outdoor living space. To warm up both the atmosphere and the air, a fireplace or fire pit is a popular choice. They’re both functional and stylish, and guests love to gather around the fire. Don’t forget about the marshmallow-roasting opportunities, either!
Light Things Up
It gets dark early in the winter months, and fire only adds so much mood lighting. Exterior string lights are one of the easiest, cheapest backyard improvements, and path marker lights are relatively easy projects, as well. Consider connecting your lighting to a timer so they’re always on when you need them at night. Any light you can provide creates a warm, welcoming environment for your outdoor space.
Bring the Inside Out
To make an outdoor living area cozy and inviting, even in the winter, bring as many indoor elements outside as possible. Add blankets, pillows and other comforts of home to your outdoor furniture. Lighting the area like your home helps connect the spaces.
The best way to bring your indoor living space out is to revamp your patio doors. Wide, glass French patio doors will connect the two spaces by allowing for a visual of the indoor living space and letting the light insider shine out onto the patio at night.
Grilling is for all seasons – not just summer! Not only does grilling outside warm up an outdoor space, but it also centers your outdoor entertainment around a warm meal. Outdoor cooking and dining is a great way to stay warm and eat some great food.
Use Your Green Thumb
By growing winter plants such as herbs and vegetables in containers outside, you can — literally — liven up your patio. You’ll also want to spend more time outside taking care of your plants.