Want to get the luxe look in your outdoor space but you don’t have the luxury of time? Create a dreamy porch, deck, patio or even balcony, when you take a few hours this weekend and transform your space with a minimum of effort for maximum effect.
Begin with an outdoor decor strategy to use the best of what you already have and with a few well-chosen accessories and simple projects, boost the style factor.
If you haven’t already cleaned your patio furniture, now’s the time. Rinse the winter dirt and the spring pollen off furniture with a spray nozzle attached to a hose, then fill a Homer bucket with warm water and a squirt of dishwasher soap and give cushions good scrub. Rinse with water and let dry. Pick up more tips for cleaning outdoor furniture in this video.
Now that you have a clean space, look to a few of our favorite tried-and-true tips for transformation:
Accessorize. What can be easier than rolling out a new rug or popping some new pillows on the outdoor sofa? Choose bold designs and complementary colors for accents. It’s easy to shop by pattern and you can even mix and match your own one-of-a-kind patio collection.
Paint. For under $10 and less than an hour of your time, a can of spray paint is probably the cheapest and easiest way to add oomph to furnishings and accessories. Give wicker a fresh coat of white spray paint, or a thrift store chair a jolt of the year’s trendiest color, green.
Flowerpots can take a blast of color, too. Tired of terra cotta clay pots, or want to refresh faded plastic pots? Get crafty with acrylic paints and stencils and create sensational containers, organize your edibles with chalkboard paint, or try the look of aged copper, this year’s hottest metallic look.
Lighting. Throw some light on your outdoor space so you can enjoy it through summer and fall evenings. Swag strings of lights for a backyard bistro primed for entertaining. There are more string light choices this year than ever before: Edison bulbs, drums, lanterns, stars, even hummingbirds. Buy several strands and criss-cross them overhead to illuminate your deck.
Tip: Try our Light Globe project (it isn’t just for Christmas). Use cable ties to strap together two hanging baskets and string LED lights throughout. Hang out of the weather on your porch, and when night falls, just flip the switch on the LED pack.
Beautiful Blooms. Never underestimate the power of pretty plants and flowers to add beauty to your outdoor space. Visit the Garden Center and bring home Drop n Bloom containers, or create your own planters filled with summer annuals.
Add spice to your containers when you add herbs like basil or small vegetables like cherry tomato, eggplant or pepper plants to your containers. This foodscaping trend will delight your backyard visitors throughout the summer. Remember to keep container plants watered and fed during the heat of the summer.
Check out these projects for more easy inspiration:
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