The weather has finally turned in our favour and it’s time to now think about how to create outdoor spaces that you will love to use and enjoy. Just like your indoor space, you want your outdoor space to reflect your personality and style.
For most of us, figuring out our interior space is stressful enough, let alone trying to create a warm, welcoming outdoor space. This is where I come in. Grab a cool drink, head outside and get inspired as you read this article.
First, let’s talk about the space you have — is it a small balcony, a deck, a porch or a larger patio area? The size of the space really has no relation to the amount of enjoyment you can experience or the style it will be. It doesn’t matter how large or small your space is, you can make it look fabulous!
There are so many ways you can enjoy your outdoor space with very little money or effort. And I really do mean very little. Let’s get creative!
Your how-to tips to creating your own awesome exterior space include:
Front door welcome
Why not create a new type of spring floral wreath for your door? I love this one I created, which is a perfect welcome for my friends and family. To make it no stress, the tulips are faux.
Where to start?
Start by removing everything from your space.
What important pieces do you need to create a space you will love? Making a list can help you to begin the process.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What types and number of seating do I need?
- How many tables should I have?
- What types of accessories do I need or want?
Take a walk around your home and look in your basement, garage and shed for pieces that you can repurpose into your outdoor space. Do you have a unique antique piece? A small table? Unusual containers? Bring them out and give them new life.
An outdoor rug is a must this season. A new bold rug gives your space a good visual foundation and a pop of colour.
Keep the sun at bay with an umbrella, pergola, sunshade or other structure to keep you and your guests comfortable in the hot sun.
Conversation and eating areas
Will they be separate or the same space? Be sure to set up the furniture in a way that allows for easy conversation and enjoyment of the space.
Battery operated lanterns or hanging lights are a great addition either grouped on a table or beside a chair. During the day they add visual interest and in the evening they offer a nice ambient light.
Colourful outdoor cushions can add some punch to your space and really tie everything together. You can also DIY your own cushions by spraying them with Thompson’s Water Seal.
Plants, plants and more plants! Take the opportunity to surround your spaces with beautiful plants in various containers. Container gardening is so easy — containers are movable and best of all there are no weeds.
Hang an old mirror on your wall or fence or lean it in your garden. This is such a fun way to add whimsy and make your space appear larger. I guarantee that if you hang a mirror in your outdoor space your friends and family will love it and “borrow” the idea.
I hope that by reading this you are now inspired to take on and create your own outdoor space. My wish for you is that you create a space that reflects your family’s personality and that is fun, colourful and well used.