Let’s say you have had your red outdoor umbrella for a couple of years, and you recently noticed that it really doesn’t look red anymore. Instead it’s more of a faded, pinkish sort of color.
Does that mean you have to start embracing pink in your patio decor? Is it time to just buy a new umbrella? Or is there another solution?
You may, with some time and determination, be able to make your old umbrella look new again. Restoring color can be a tricky process, but it is almost always far cheaper, as well as less wasteful, than buying a new umbrella. (more…)
To expand your living area and enrich your entertainment options, look to your deck or patio for inspiration. Almost any area outside the back door can be turned into an inviting place for your family and friends to congregate and relax.
Enjoyment of the patio does not have to stop when the sun goes down anymore. There are a variety of accessories designed to enhance the outdoors such as patio umbrella lights. A patio umbrella provides protection from the sun that can be used with almost any type of table and chairs designed for outside use.
Lights designed to illuminate the deck can be purchased in a variety of styles to meet every need. There are several different kinds of lights that are designed to attach to patio umbrellas including the popular rope lights that are meant to attach to the ribs of the umbrella and give enough light for reading and entertaining. (more…)
Solar patio lighting isn’t just a “green” lifestyle choice. It’s a practical and economical lighting strategy, especially compared to alternatives like standard voltage and low voltage lighting. Solar lights get their charge from sunlight during the day to provide light throughout the night.
They don’t require that additional cabling to be run from the lights to a remote power source, making them idea for homeowners with no wiring experience. Furthermore, most solar patio lights switch themselves on and off automatically, yet can still be set for manual operation, if desired. The key to making solar patio lighting work is understanding the types of lights available and their proper placement. (more…)