How to create the ultimate patio

Phantom Screens / May 30, 2016

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As you enjoy more time outdoors this summer, a stylish patio can make entertaining and relaxing even better. Whether your space is a cozy corner or a large area in need of an upgrade, there are plenty of ways to decorate your outdoor space while enhancing the natural beauty of your surroundings. Phantom’s retractable screens make it easy to enjoy your patio in any weather. Custom made for your living space, Phantom’s screens can give you a comfortable place to hang out and avoid pesky bugs, or they can open to let in some of the seasonal breeze. Most importantly, Phantom retractable screens blend into the décor of your space, so you don’t have to worry about unsightly details getting in the way of your esthetic. Additional to having a Phantom product installed in your outdoor space, here are some other ideas to incorporate into your outside living area.


Make decorating your patio fun by bringing colors and intricate details to your space. Incorporating colorful pillows, decorated plates and utensils, and bright chairs is a great way to spruce up any area. However, make sure not to go overboard and end up with too much of a good thing. A mixture of playful decorations and solid colors will keep your space modern and chic without turning it into an eyesore.

Curb appeal

If your patio is visible from the front of your property, keep the number of colors to a minimum. It’s important the style of your patio stays consistent with the rest of your home’s architecture. This provides smooth lines and an integrated look between the indoors and outdoors. For extended integration, consider Phantom’s retractable screens. These high-quality fixtures will meld into your home’s style easily, will provide shade from the sun on hot days and can be opened on cooler days to let the fresh air in.

Lighting and appliances

Some patios have outdoor kitchen appliances that require maintenance, light and air. Remember to include lighting in your patio design that not only looks great, but can allow for easy cooking and preparation. Hanging lights that sit over your kitchen space can help make cooking and cleanup easier, and a stylish overhead fan can circulate the air so steam from the grill doesn’t settle in the sitting area and get in the way. If your outdoor kitchen does not have a cover, make sure to protect your appliances from the weather. Building a covered area or small shed for expensive items to sit under during a storm, can be helpful. Another idea would be to install a Phantom Screens Executive motorized screen with vinyl walls to protect your outdoor kitchen from most elements. Click here to learn more about this product.
Solar lighting is a great option for staying energy-efficient and allowing for hours of illumination throughout the night. There are lots of different styles to choose from and match with your home’s style. After install, all you’ll need for these lamps is light from the sun!

Luxurious (and necessary) extras

Remember that details are essential for your ultimate patio, so don’t leave out important items when designing your space. Extra outlets for music and other necessities as well as mini appliances and easy-to-clean flooring are great extras to include in the plan for your patio. When it gets dark out and the party is still in full swing, outlets are essential for entertaining guests long after the sun has set. Installing these outlets near the kitchen area will allow you to blend an extra margarita or turn on another lamp to light the sitting area. Make cleanup quick and painless after a night of fun by installing flooring like tile that can be swept up or mopped in no time.
Ultimately, your patio should be a reflection of your style and tastes and include all of the things that will allow you to enjoy the area. Phantom’s screens can provide a mix of sun and shade that will give you the best of both worlds for patio design. Consider enhancing home ventilation and using your indoor and outdoor space at the same time with the help of a retractable screen.