Spring has finally sprung. Heck, it’s almost summertime at this point. But, if you’re anything like the weather lately and you’re running behind on getting your patio/outdoor space ready for the upcoming beautiful weather, I can help. Check out these ideas to get your space ready for BBQs, parties or just general summertime laziness.
Paint Your Floors or Buy A Rug
Designing a pattern on the floor is an inexpensive way to tie together the look of your outdoor space. Depending on the pattern and palette, you can end up with a rustic or modern look. Can’t or don’t want to paint your floor, but still want to add some visual interest? Snag a cute outdoor area rug to lay underneath your patio furniture.
Puff Up Your Seating With a Pouf
Floor poufs are such a cool, low-cost way to add seating without investing in larger pieces of furniture, such as a sofa or chaise lounge. You can find outdoor poufs for less than $50! A garden stool is also an inexpensive, versatile item that can serve as extra seating or a side table.
Rescue Old Items
If shabby chic is your name, then a rustic barn door is your game. Look for old barn doors at resale shops or even at old barns that are no longer in use - approach the owner and offer to remove them if they will let you keep the material. Then strip it, sand it and paint or stain it to your heart’s desire. Or, leave it as is and let its natural beauty shine through. Prop it up against a wall for a cool piece of art.
Select Low-Maintenance Plants
I repeat – LOW-MAINTENANCE. Using plants with low water use and low maintenance requirements is cost effective while providing color, movement and texture. (Plus it makes for less time working in the yard and more time relaxing in the yard.) Succulents, variegated plants, hostas, and evergreen vines provide contrasting colors and textures, without the use of flowering plants.
Add a Set of String Lights or Cast a Glow With Lanterns
String Lights are such a pretty, inexpensive way to jazz up your patio and add sparkle to your outdoor space. String them from your house to a tree or around a gazebo. Or grab some Fairy Lights (basically a teeny version of String Lights) and put them inside a lantern for a safe (no fire needed here), warm glow. Put the lanterns on your coffee/dining table as a centerpiece or hang them from a screen or a tree. Don’t want to spend a lot of money on lanterns? Check out your local thrift shop for some and stock up, then spray paint them whatever color you want to add to your décor.
Outdoor Pillows and Cushions
Cushions are a must-have patio accessory. While there are a lot of choices out there, be sure to look for outdoor fabric (aka – waterproof). These additions make even the most uncomfy patio chairs feel like a dream. Be sure to grab some cute throw pillows to amp up your space as well. These are an inexpensive way to change the look of your patio anytime you want to switch it up.
Add Some Metallic Accents
A gorgeous patio trend this season is metallic. Gold, silver, bronze, copper – mix and match them or stick to one hue in different textures (a mix of shiny and matte looks so cool). This is a great way of making it look like you spent a pretty penny without actually doing so. And the best news? You can do it yourself! Have an old side table laying around that just doesn’t work anywhere? Grab your sander and some metallic spray paint and give it a new life!
So take these tips and spruce up your space! And be ready to have more people over than you planned on – once they hear about how great your outdoor space looks, they’re going to be knocking down the door. (Better buy more beer.)
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