When it comes to decorating your outdoor space, it is hard to know where to start. There are so many ways to customize it that while the process may be fun, it can also prove to be overwhelming. All that you’re sure of is that you want it to be a place where you can relax both in comfort and style. For those of you who are struggling, here are a few quick tips for decorating your deck, patio, or porch.
- Add some outdoor seating
Sure, seating seems like a no-brainer, but it is not always as easy moving your dining room chairs outside. You want to make sure that you either purchase furniture that is made for the outdoors, or weatherproof the furniture that is not. It is probably best that you don’t make your favorite furniture outdoor furniture as mother nature can be very cruel to it. If you want something a little more interesting than a plastic yard chair, you may want to opt for a hammock, porch swing, or a crocheted cushion. If you like to entertain, wooden crates with pillows make easy seating that can host many people comfortably.
- Brighten things up with an area rug
A rug is a great way to make your outdoor space seem more cozy. Rugs help to bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors. You have a few options for how to incorporate one into your outdoor space. The first and possibly easiest option is to buy an outdoor rug from you local hardware store. The only problem you may run into here is that the store may not have a rug that complements your pre-existing decor. The second option is to waterproof a table cloth, and use that as your rug. This option is a bit more difficult, but allows you to choose the look of your rug. However, if you really like to do things yourself, you can weave your own rug out of rope.
- Make a garden away from your garden
Plants make an especially great decoration for your outdoor space if you don’t have a large yard. A series of hanging or potted plants can give your space the feel of a garden easily. Railing planters are an easy planting solution. The pots are designed to slip right over the railing of your porch or deck, saving space. Hanging planters are also a great way to add some green to your outdoor space. You can easily recycle some cans to make hanging planters. Succulents and cactuses are the best plants to keep because they are so low maintenance. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can keep any kind of plant in your outdoor space.
- Add warmth with outdoor lighting
Nothing puts a damper on a party like being stuck sitting in the dark when the sun goes down. Luckily, a string of Christmas lights is a simple solution to keep your party going. Lights can help create the right mood for your space. If you want something more than christmas lights, you can make hanging lanterns by putting tea lights in mason jars. If you want something a bit more outdoorsy, you can put rocks in a flower pot with a can of chafing fuel for a mini fire pit. However, this mini fire pit should only be used as light source, and should not be used to cook food.
- Decorate your wall
You may not have much wall space to work with, but you should at least have one exterior wall of your house that separates your outdoor space from the inside of your home. You can decorate it easily with some pennants, paint it a different color from the rest of your house for accent, or hang up some waterproofed tapestries. This may seem like a bit of an unorthodox way to decorate, but if there is space there, why not take advantage of it?
- In with the old
If you already have outdoor furniture, consider fixing it up instead buying all new furniture. Give your cushions a coat of fabric paint to make them look all new. Put a new wood stain on your deck or furniture. Spray paint your folding chairs to give them some color. There are so many easy things you can do to make your outdoor space look like new, and there really isn’t much that a coat of paint can’t fix.
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