10 Easy Ways to Update Your Patio This Summer

Soak up the rays on your gorgeous patio! From shady gazebos and patio umbrellas to colourful patio cushions and patio sets, learn how to make your patio trendy and cozy all summer long.

Find the Perfect Patio Set for Your Outdoor Space

Create the ultimate outdoor oasis in your backyard. We have everything you need to make your patio shine this summer, from conversation sets to gazebos and pergolas to lnstagram worthy table settings. Shop online or in-store for only the best in patio.

1. Install a Gazebo

Gazebos are a great way to expand your outdoor living space and provide excellent coverage from those unpredictable summer rainfalls. You can dress up your gazebo with flowy curtains or netting to keep those pesky bugs at bay. If you're planning on practically living outside this summer, look for a gazebo with built-in LED lights. This addition to your outdoor living space will give you the comfort to entertain all summer long. 

Plus, you don't have to worry about installation! A Lowe's professional installer will take care of all the heavy lifting. all you have to do is sit back and relax. Click here for more details or visit your nearest Lowe's and ask an associate for more information.

2. Grab Some Shade with Colourful Patio Umbrellas

Get relief from the sweltering sun and add a pop of colour to your patio this year with patio umbrellas. They are a great way to protect from other elements like wind and rain.

Functionality aside, they also add a bit of personality to your outdoor space. From different shapes (like circle, hexagon, rectangle, or square); to a wide assortment of colours and patterns, your umbrella with make your patio pop this year!

Tip: Try adding string lights to the underside of your patio umbrella for the ultimate cozy atmosphere.

3. Heat Up Your Patio with a Fire Pit

Fire pits, heaters, and fireplaces oh my! No need to run inside when those cool summer nights creep up on you. By simply adding a heater to your patio set-up this year you will stay nice and warm the whole season (and maybe even into fall)! Patio heaters offer indirect heat via electricity, propane or natural gas. Depending on your aesthetic, you can add a hanging or free-standing heater to your patio.

For a more interactive approach to heating up your patio, you and your guests can gather around a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. A direct source of heat, this gives you ample opportunity to roast marshmallows or make s'mores, which is without a doubt. the best part of summer.

4. Get the Comfort of Inside on Your Patio with an Outdoor Rug

Speaking of bringing the indoors outside, an outdoor rug will offer the coziness of your living room right on your backyard patio. The breezy beach lovers should add a geometric pattern to their patio with octagonal or checkered rugs. For a more botanical feel you'll want to go with more natural materials like wool or textured area rugs. if you're looking for a cozy atmosphere you'll definitely want a shag rug to amp up the comfort.

If you prefer practicality, outdoor rugs can also protect your feet from a sun-soaked deck and keep your feet warm on chilly summer nights. Beautiful and functional, outdoor rugs are a must have on everyone's patio this summer.

5. Personalize Your Space with Comfy Pillows & Cushions

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Why follow the rules when it comes to your patio set? Have fun and feel free to mix and match your patio cushions. Choose a monochromatic look with different hues of the same colour or choose all the colours of the rainbow.

Don't forget about the elements! You can get cushions that deflect those summer showers and won't fade in the sun. Whether you're looking to cushion dining chairs. chaise loungers, benches, or high back chairs. the right patio cushion will make your patio set your own.

Get cozy with pillows! Add some extra comfort with outdoor pillows that won't fade in the shining sun and will add a cute accent piece to your conversation set.

6. Brighten Up Those Warm Summer Nights with String Lights

When the sun goes down the lights go up. Illuminate your patio with string lights this season. Hang them from your pergola for a romantic atmosphere or, for a cozy look. try hanging them from the inside of your patio umbrella. If your patio is on your garden, why not string up the lights to a nearby tree or planter?

Post lights are great for a more permanent solution to lighting your patio set-up. Easy to install and a great source of light, post lights can be attached directly to you deck posts or come as a free-standing structure.

7. Dine in Style with Funky Place Settings

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Eating outside is one of the better perks of summer. From plates to outdoor coolers, there are tons of options when it comes to outdoor dining accessories. A cohesive set is perfect for those spontaneous outdoor barbecues with the family. while outdoor serving carts are ideal when entertaining.

It's not summer without sangria! A plastic pitcher will keep the drinks flowing for all your guests (and you!) plus you won't have to worry about any glass breaking when the inevitable spill happens. Complete the set with a serving tray and glassware. A patio bar will help keep everything organized, and in reach. It's not only convenient, but you won’t miss any of the fun when you‘re playing host to your family and friends.

8. Set up a Cozy Bistro Set for Two

Create an intimate atmosphere with a bistro set. A smaller version of typical patio sets, bistro style patio tables are perfect for smaller backyards, balconies. and front of the house seating. The versatile nature of bistro sets makes it easy for you to change their placement on your deck, and they also make for easy storage when it comes time to pack up at the end of the season. Bistro sets are a great economical alternative to purchasing an entire set.

Tip: Add some flair to your bistro set with matching pillows and mats. 

9. Have a Swinging Time on Your Patio

Swing into summer by adding a patio swing. Fun for the kids and adults. a patio swing provides additional seating and shade for you and your guests. Great for relaxing or a perfect addition to a conversation set, you and your family will be clamoring for a seat.

10. Spruce Up Your Patio with Decorative Accents

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Bring the whole thing together with decorative accent pieces. Add some candles to your patio table for some extra ambiance, and an outdoor clock will keep you on time when you‘re multi-tasking. Accents can make your patio decor more cohesive and you can have lots of fun with different themes. 

For a seascape theme add nautical accents like sea blue pillows, or blue candles. In the city? Try adding copper planters for the ultimate urban patio look. If you want to bring the tropics to Canada choose a gorgeous pineapple candles to light up your patio or gold leaf wall art. You can always bring some flower power to your backyard with floral wall accents, and colourful planters.

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