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Blue and White Patio Makeover Inspiration


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When I was on vacation in New York recently, I took tons of photos of things in the city that inspired me.  The top of my list?  This photo of a Greek restaurant’s patio:

I’m in love with this beautiful cobalt blue and want to design my patio around it.  Here’s the elements I’m using this summer to get the look.

First up, that amazing cobalt colour!  In my space I don’t have anything to paint blue, so these blue elements would inject some colour.

I’m loving this gorgeous moroccan outdoor rug:

I currently have some wicker chairs that I use on my patio, but if I was upgrading, I would get something like this teak set:

If you have chairs that can have pillows, a few of these aqua pillows might be a fun contrast to the cobalt blue:

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This bistro table would be great for your morning coffee on the patio, or to display a few of your favourite smaller plants.

Every outdoor dining area needs some fun melamine dishes.

No patio area is complete without lights like these:

While we’re talking lighting, a lantern like this makes a nice centrepiece on your table, or an additional source of ambient lighting.  Fill with a candle or string of mini lights.

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Now on to the plants!

On a patio, I personally like to have some tomatoes, peppers, and a few herbs.  My patio gets a lot of sun, so I just stick to wave petunias, because I have a hard time keeping anything else alive and looking nice.  While regular pots are fine, I might tuck a few of mine in a wicker basket like this:

If you’re going to try the same, make sure your patio is protected from the rain!  I feel that something like this would get ruined outdoors if it was exposed to one too many rainfalls.

I bring my succulents outdoors for the summer and they thrive in the heat of my patio.  This year, I want to put them in a planter like this:

If your patio is in a spot where your neighbours can look in, you’ll want a trellis for privacy.  I’m planning on growing scarlet runner beans on mine this spring.  Sweat peas, clematis, and grape vines are also nice climbers.

What do you think?  Would you do something like this with your patio?

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Recently I've been so inspired by blue and white for my small backyard deck.  I'm planning a DIY patio makeover and these are the ideas I have for decorating on a budget.  I can't wait to show you the before and after next post. #patiomakeover #deckmakeover #smallpatio #patiodecor #outdoordecor #smallbackyard #onabudget #backyarddiy #patiodiy





Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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