During the warmer seasons, your patio or deck becomes the hub for entertaining and enjoying beautiful weather. An uncluttered appearance is the first step for comfort. Choose patio sets that center around a table or fire pit to create a cozy atmosphere. Potted plants and fashionable planter pots can add unexpected color as well as blocking those unsavory views. If your patio is in direct sunlight, an umbrella or shade screen will solve that problem. Colored accent rugs can not only add texture to your patio, but can also be used to cover up concrete or weathered wood. Proper lighting is especially important if you entertain in the evening. Tiki torches as well as candles or string lighting can provide beautiful, casual lighting. Whatever your preference, when the right furnishings are added, family and guests have an enjoyable place to gather.