Get set for summer and entertaining with a porch refresh. Freshening up your outdoor space doesn’t require an entire weekend. With these easy, fresh and fun ideas, you can turn up the style and get ready for entertaining no matter where you welcome guests: your entryway, porch, deck or even a small-space balcony.
Bring new beauty to your outdoor space and be ready to entertain all season long.
9 Ideas for Quick Outdoor Refresh
1. Hang a basket wreath with flowers
One easy idea is to hang a wicker basket on your door like a wreath or on a wall near your entryway where all your guests can see it.
Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to make a basket wreath.
2. Welcome guests
Step into your home in style with a welcoming doormat. Try durable coir doormats made of fade-resistant, renewable and biodegradable materials. The Trafficmaster doormat, shown above, with grey scrolls is backed with vinyl for anti-slipping. Doormats are easy ways to change your decor from season to season. See our buying guide for tips on what to look for in your doormat, including the material types.
For a homemade variety, try this easy doormat project. It takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
3. Set the scene
Get in the swing of entertaining with fresh bursts of color and texture. Add some new outdoor pillows to a porch swing or lounge sets. Decorate with bright foliage in containers or try hanging baskets.
4. Create quick containers
You could also decorate a nook on your porch or deck with ready-made containers, including the succulent box or the succulent chair arrangement. These are available in select The Home Depot Garden Centers.
Special thanks to Rambo Nursery for providing the location and live goods for the above photos.
5. Add an address plaque
Place a decorative, personal touch by your door with an address plaque. Many are made with recycled aluminum and are built to withstand harsh outdoor elements beautifully.
6. Reset with a rug
Create cozy nooks on your porch or anywhere outdoors with pretty outdoor rugs that can weather the elements. Try them anywhere from the front porch to the back deck, such as the above.
7. Create the mood
Light up the nights and lead the way to outdoor fun. Use lanterns on your porch or around your patio seating area for ambiance. Consider outdoor walkway and path lighting so there’s always lighting under foot.
No yard? No problem. Hang up some string lights around your balcony or entryway and make every day festive.
8. Build a layered look
Little by little, your porch and outdoor sanctuary can come together with patio umbrellas, side tables, throw pillows, hammocks and ottomans. Don’t forget a fire pit or other fire feature, potted plants and landscaping materials, such as stepping stones or pea pebbles for a pretty garden path or walkway to pull together your space.
Learn how to pull together a DIY garden path.
9. Finishing touches
Don’t forget accessories. Set the patio dining table with decorative greenery or cut flowers from your own garden.
A serving cart is both functional and stylish. When the party is over, you can always use it as a table for plants or for storing gardening items.
Now all you need to do is invite guests and let the fun begin!
If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out these amazing and creative patio design ideas and makeovers.