Summer months are filled with outdoor fun. It’s a great time to enjoy cookouts and other backyard activities with family and friends. Most of us see our patio or deck as an extension of our home. Have you made yours as inviting as the rest of your living space? Here are a few tips to make it a favorite spot for your family and friends:
Consider the Flooring
Your wooden deck or concrete patio floor may seem a little plain, so why not add an outdoor rug to brighten the space? It’s a great way to add color and it works well year-round.
Create a Little Privacy
Would you like to have more privacy from your neighbors even if you don’t have a fence? Consider creating a privacy screen – a vertical planter, potted tree or free-standing lattice with ivy could all be simple ways to make your space feel cozy and made just for you.
Expand Your Outdoor Seating
Outdoor seating is a must, whether you want to dine, read a book or just enjoy visiting with a neighbor. Small benches, tables and chairs can make your guests feel at home in your backyard.
Add More Lighting
String outdoor lights from a tree to a patio to create beautiful dining for evenings outside. String lights are magical. They make any space feel more intimate, romantic, and finished.
Plant a Garden
If you don’t have a lot of colorful bushes in your backyard, potted plants and raised gardens can be a great way to add color and make your outdoor space feel warm and inviting. Don’t just think of flowers, vegetables and herbs make beautiful additions that will also improve your outdoor dining. Many different types of edible produce can be grown in a vertical garden including peppers, peas, beans, and lettuce.
Prepare for Barbecues
Consider buying a grill to enjoy cookouts and expand the space for the chef in your home. Not only will it provide a fun area to cook and enjoy family and friends; it will also keep your home cooler by cooking outdoors instead of heating up your kitchen.
Warm Up on a Cool Evening
A fire pit for cooler nights can be a perfect spot to hang out while enjoying your family and friends year-round. And, it’s a great way to cook favorite deserts, like s’mores. Add a cover and you instantly have an extra table.
Don’t Forget to Recycle
Recycled items can be a cost effective way to decorate your outdoor space. Wooden palettes can make great vertical planters. Add new life to an old chair with bright paint and a plant in place of the seat. Spray paint an old colander and use as a hanging basket. Recycle an old table to sip lemonade. The sky is the limit if you think outside the box.
A few of these small changes can increase your living area and brighten up your outdoor space. Even the smallest patio or deck can be transformed into something larger than life with the help of paint, creative DIY projects, and some TLC. Before you know it, your family and friends may want to spend more time in your backyard.