There’s no need to give up on outdoor entertaining just because winter is on its way. There are plenty of great ideas for turning up the heat when the temperature drops, ranging from simple and easy decorating tips to more substantial suggestions that will make your patio usable all year round.
Here are some heating options to keep you warm on your patio this winter.
Light the night. Candles may not generate a huge amount of heat, but they will certainly make your outdoor space feel warmer. Candles create a visually cozy and welcoming atmosphere, and you can never have too many of them. Group different sized ones together on the coffee table to create a flickering focal point and if you’re after a romantic effect, dainty tealights are sure to spread the love.
Decorate for warmth. Beat the chilly weather with some textured scatter cushions and soft, cuddly throws. The chunky weaves and knitted yarns that are bang on trend at the moment are the perfect winter addition to your outdoor decorating scheme and they’ll immediately create a warm and snug environment. Another excellent decorating trick is to put a rug beneath your patio furniture which will take the chill off a tiled or concrete surface, be much more comfortable underfoot and will make the space look and feel more cozy and inviting.
Fan the flames. Woodburning fire pits, braziers or free-standing chimineas are all excellent options for heating a patio and with so many different designs, materials and price options available, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs. They can be permanent or portable, but there are some important considerations when an open fire is involved (smoke, sparks, mess, distance to combustibles, proximity of neighbours, local bylaws, fire bans etc) so make sure you’ve covered all your bases before you buy or build a fire pit.
Outdoor heaters. These are probably the easiest and most cost-effective way of warming up an outdoor space and come in a range of different models and price points to suit every design and budget. From pedestal ‘mushroom’ shaped gas heaters, portable electric ones, wall or roof-mounted heat lamps or strips or even eco-friendly ethanol burners, there’s a huge variety to choose from. Best of all, they’re portable so you have the flexibility to position them wherever you want and store them away when the weather warms up again.
Lock the heat in. Stylish patio blinds keep the heat in and offer extra protection against chilly winds and rain. But they’re not just great in winter, they keep your outdoor space cool in summer too, making them a great investment for year-round comfort.
Whether you’re looking for subtle warmth or a fiery furnace, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to heating your patio this winter.
And if year-round outdoor living appeals to you but your patio is non-existent (or if your existing one needs an upgrade), you should chat to the professionals at Grand Patios. The friendly team at this family-owned company has 25 years’ experience in the construction of all types of patios, alfrescos, carports, pergolas and sheds and they understand the importance of using high quality materials that will withstand a lifetime of weather and environmental conditions. For the hottest deal on patios in Perth, give Grand Patios a ring on 08 9592 1285 or visit their website, www.grandpatios.com.au for more information and pictures of their many quality custom-designed patio installations.