you looking for an impressive outdoor living area? Want a fountain
but don't have the money? Why not try this great look. You can go
all out and buy new furniture, or you can revitalize your old chairs
with a fresh coat of vibrant Mediterranean blue paint.
For the patio base, lay outdoor terra-cotta tiles. For added interest,
intersperse cobalt blue tiles. To get the look of a fountain, build
a brick square (or cinderblock to cut the cost) and cover with your
terra-cotta tiles using cobalt blue tile accents. For the inside
of the "fountain" lay out a pattern of blue and white
tiles for the look of a crystal clear pool. You can be as intricate
and creative as you like depending on your tile laying skills. Use
a concrete planter stand and top with a lush plant in a terra-cotta
For added comfort and texture, add some bright throw pillowsthrow
pillows to your seating and be sure to set out candles for a
romantic feel. Don't be afraid to keep accent tables outside to
give guests a place to set their drinks or plates or to decorate
with plants and candles. Gardeners.com
offers a wonderful variety of garden and patio accessories.
the greenery, if you have the space, why not add some dwarf trees
for shade and color as well as lower bushes like boxwoods for separation
and privacy. With a cool shaded space, decorate your flowerbeds
with hostas and ferns which are shade loving, lush plants, even
better, they're low maintenance.
your outdoor patio as an indoor space. Keep in mind your interior
basics like color and comfort and carry them outdoors. Make it your
space, a special retreat.