3 Tips for Prepping Your Patio This Summer

Interior designer Jimmy Angell offers expert pointers for the season


Interior designer Jimmy Angell embraces a clean aesthetic as shown by the outdoor area pictured above. Here, the Birmingham-based pro offers tips on prepping your patio for a season of warm evenings under the stars. 

Stay Neutral
“Neutral palettes give you the versatility to accessorize,” says Jimmy Angell, the owner and principal designer of James Douglas Interiors LLC. “Your patio is an extension of your living space, so your accessories should speak to your style,” he says, adding that geometric prints are his preference. 

Make Conversation
Outdoor entertaining calls for designated areas for guests to mingle and lounge. Anchor seating areas with elements where people can gather and place hors d’oeuvres like a firepit or a coffee table. Also, “cocktails, cocktails, cocktails!” Angell recommends creating a space for a bar cart stocked with Prosecco. 

Go Green
Frequent travelers with a patio that faces the sun, should consider “continually flowering, easy-to-maintain, sun-loving plants.” Angell suggests tropical, hearty green plants that offer a pop of color like the Mandevilla.


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