As the weather warms up and we all get out there, you might be considering an updated patio space to get together with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are economical while having a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.
Adding outdoor lights can suddenly turn the space from drab to magical; there is something about the twinkling lights that start to shine at sunset that can really transform your garden. Solar lights are a great option for your patio because they don’t require an outlet nearby. If you have a covered area, these solar garlands are a fun and easy way to dress up your space. For areas where hanging is not possible, consider placing colored lights around the perimeter of the patio or garden.
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The easiest way to brighten up your patio is to add flowers and greenery. A few more pots around the perimeter will make it lush, full, and inviting. Take it up a notch and use fun, decorative planters to display your new flowers, rather than the typical terracotta pots. If you have a fence, wall, or balcony near your outdoor gathering space, try these colorful hanging pots to create a beautiful focal point. If you have unused floor space, try something fancy to showcase your plants, like this cart planter.
Seat cushions and pillows
Outdoor furniture and seating is a big investment that makes your patio space more enjoyable – but if it’s not in the budget to upgrade all the rooms this year, you can make a big impact by getting yourself new cushions and pillows. Not only will these new elements improve the see of your patio, but they will also improve the comfort level – and everyone in your home will be excited about more comfortable seating in the backyard! Use the cushions as an opportunity to present color and pattern; or, you can opt for a neutral pillow paired with a fancy pillow on each chair. Since everything is outdoors, be sure to buy items that are UV resistant so they don’t fade quickly in the sun.
While spring and summer days can be warm, the nights can often start to get chilly in many areas, so an outdoor fireplace can extend your festivities into the late evening. Great for creating a gathering space, roasting marshmallows, or just adding some ambiance to the area, fireplaces come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles. This model has a mesh shield designed to catch parasitic sparks, and the lower bowl will trap ash so it won’t damage your pavers or lawn. Look for products made from very heat resistant materials rather than DIY versions that might start to degrade after multiple uses.
Spending time outdoors is nice when it’s not too hot, but once the sun hits you in the middle of the day, you might be tempted to go inside. For less than $ 100 you can fix this problem and add style to your outdoor space. Many patio umbrellas can be used in various configurations depending on your layout; this one can tilt and stay in place at different angles, making it useful for gatherings that last afternoon and evening as the sun moves across the sky. Also, be sure to buy a base to fill with sand or water so your new umbrella doesn’t tip over on unsuspecting children or guests! You can even get a base with spots for planting (and wheels to move your umbrella wherever you need it).
No matter your budget this season, updating your patio can be fun, easy, and well worth the effort!