Your outdoor space speaks a lot about you – it’s the first thing people see when they pay you a visit.
Itching to perk up your porch or patio but anxious about breaking the bank? Not to worry. When it comes to brightening up your outdoor space, even the little things you do go a long way.
You only need a little investment and some creativity to transform your dull porch or patio into a lively, attractive outdoor space. But, if you are short on ideas, and your budget is also tight, you’ve just landed on the right page.
1. Do some painting
You won’t need a lot of paint to freshen up your porch and patio since you will only be painting specific areas.
Use brightly colored paints to make your patio more attractive and appealing and don’t forget to paint the tables, rockers, swings, and other furniture at your patio.
You can become more creative and add some patterns to make the paint more attractive. DIY projects will save costs and give you a sense of satisfaction. If you can’t do it well, ask someone with more experience, perhaps a friend, to assist you with the painting.
Don’t forget to use ceramic hydrophobic coatings to make your paint long-lasting and waterproof.
Add a colorful rug to cover up an imperfect patio floor.
But before all this, take some time to clean up the whole area and remove any dirt or debris – you can’t spruce up a dirty surface.
2. Hang some drapes
Hanging some curtains will not only make your porch attractive but also give you some privacy.
What’s more, you will have some shade during sunny days, thus increasing comfort.
Curtains come in multiple designs, shapes, and colors, giving you a wide range of choice to personalize and transform your patio.
Cute tablecloths and painter’s drop cloths are good for starters. Once you have the curtains, just hang them from a curtain rod and you’re good to go.
3. Add some flowers
Flowers and plants come in handy when brightening up your patio and porch into a unique, lively space.
You can increase your creativity by putting the flowers in well-designed pots or containers and mix in flowers of different colors to bring more elegance to your patio and porch.
The flowers should be placed in different strategic and visible areas of your patio and in different patterns. Acquiring the flowers should be easy and cheap from your local garden center. You can also easily grow your own from cuttings, at no cost.
4. Light it up
Without proper and adequate lighting, all your effort in perking up your patio and porch may prove futile, more so during the night. Adding some light brightens up your outdoor space while enhancing the safety and security of your home.
There are various types and designs of lights you can use to illuminate your outdoors. Suspended string lights go a long way in adding extra ambiance to your front porch and patio. Torches and lanterns are also good for patios and porches since they can easily be moved around, unlike wired lights.
Solar lights will cut you some slack on electricity bills while bringing life to your outdoor space. Alternatively, you can place lit candles on a bowl and cover them with an upturned plant jar.
Whichever lighting you choose, just make sure the lights are not so bright as this may bother your neighbors.
5. Turn up the heat
If you plan on extending your relaxation outdoors into nightfall, you will have to heat your patio and porch, especially during the colder months.
Portable heaters are a great way of keeping cold at bay. They are more convenient since they can be moved from one area to another.
You can also create a fire pit and use a wood fire or natural gas fire to keep you warm.
6. Create more seating space
Your patio or porch needs some seating space for a great time outdoors.
While outdoor furniture can be pricey, there is always a way to minimize cost. Two-piece furniture, like a bench that has a lounger will help you save money while maximizing space.
You can also add a daybed to take a nap when sleep catches with you outdoors.
Many people prefer wooden furniture for their patio and porch. Add some colorful pillows and thick cushions to make the place more comfortable.
You can make your outdoor space more luxurious by installing a porch swing, but you will need to dig deeper into your pocket.
It’s worth noting that all your outdoor furniture must be weather resistant so it can serve you well for a long time.
Patios and porches are great places to relax and enjoy the outdoors. With a little effort, you can increase your outdoor space’s functionality, while giving it an elegant and attractive look.
If the only thing preventing you from perking up your patio or porch was a tight budget, you now have no excuse!
Article Submitted By Community Writer