Bring your patio to life at night with these design tips and tricks

Everyone always talks about how great summer days can be, but many people forget how enjoyable the weather is when the sun goes down. It’s the perfect time for an outdoor party, especially if you’re the friend with the gorgeous backyard.

Here are a few tips and tricks to design the ideal nighttime party patio:

Perfect the lighting

To create an atmosphere that exudes pure ambiance, choose lighting that’s soft and delicate. String lights add a nice touch and provide enough brightness without going overboard. Candles are a great option, as well, and can add a romantic vibe to the party.

Keep the bugs at bay

There’s nothing more annoying than a swarm of pesky bugs who are ready and willing to crash the party. Instead of dealing with mosquitoes and other insects on the patio, invest in motorized retractable¬† wall screens from Phantom Screens. Not only does this option keep the bugs out, but it also keeps the climate under control, provides fresh air and offers additional privacy for the party.

Make the space cozier

Help your guests feel more comfortable by covering your patio furniture in throw pillows and blankets. This encourages them to cozy up in conversation. Interior designer Nate Berkus also encourages an outdoor rug for the patio area.

“You want your outdoor space to feel as luxe and comfortable as your indoor space,” Berkus told Real Simple magazine. “I like to bring a rug out, to help create an environment your guests will love.”