If you’re the kind of person who loves being outside as much as in, you’ll want your outdoor living space to be just as snazzy as its indoor sibling. Arranging and decorating an outdoor space doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive – very often the most simplistically but tastefully arranged outdoor living spaces and patios tend to be the most inviting. Here are five creative – and inexpensive ways to spruce up your outdoor living space.
Creating furniture out of pallets has become an immensely popular – and insanely cheap – way to improve both indoor and outdoor living spaces. Many stores will give away pallets for free, so just call around to a few different places – big box stores are a great bet – and ask if they have any pallets you can come and grab.
Once you’ve got the pallets, clean them up, paint them in a color you love, and add heavy cushions and throw pillows to make outdoor couches, loveseats, or chairs. Some especially industrious people have created sectional couches using pallets, which is a fantastic option if you have company often or plan to.
Cafe lights are a chic, cheap, and easy way to illuminate your outdoor space. Whether you hang them from the underside of your patio overhang or along the walls of the outside of your home, cafe lights will help to create a space that is warmly lit and inviting in just the same way that you favorite coffee shop is.
Cafe lights can be purchased in a wide variety of colors, brightnesses and styles, and lend a very vintage look to your outdoor space. You can also purchase solar-powered lights if you don’t have outdoor outlets.
“Hanging outdoor curtains on your patio can add a great splash of color and style to your outdoor patio,” said Distinctive Outdoor Spaces LLC. Extra-long curtains can also add privacy if you have particularly inquisitive neighbors. To add a bit of extra pizzazz, hang both opaque and gauzy curtains on separate runners so that you can let in the sunlight – or the moonlight, for that matter – for an enchanting, calming effect.
As with any living space, coordinate the colors of the curtains you choose with the colors of the furniture you place outside. If you’re a dab hand at sewing, you can sew your own curtains for less money with fabrics you find in the clearance section of your go-to craft or fabric store.
Planting flowers and other garden plants like tomatoes or herbs add color, life, and scent to your outdoor living space. Avoid buying plants already grown – very often they’ll have pesticides sprayed on them that can make local wildlife, or even you, sick. Instead, purchase potting soil, pots, and seeds and grow your own plants from scratch. It’s often cheaper, it gets you outside and active, and you’ll derive a lot of satisfaction from showing off your hand-raised beautiful plants to those who come to visit your home.
Add a Firepit
If you have an open space in your outdoor living space, even a small one, a firepit can add something special. Check out sites like Craigslist, Freecycle, or Facebook swap groups to see if you can find one cheap or free, though if that proves not to work, you can always purchase one from Amazon or a home goods store like Bestfire.
Adding a firepit will not only entice you and your family or friends to spend more time outdoors, it will help keep things toasty even after the frost falls – and sometimes S’mores are that much more delicious with snow on the ground.
Whether you do them all at once or one thing at a time, each of these methods will help you to create an outdoor space that is colorful, calming, and inviting to all.