Summer is here, which means you will be spending more time in your outside areas at home. But if things are looking a little bit neglected after a long winter, don’t despair, we’ve got the solution with some fun outdoor décor ideas.
Just a few, simple pick-me-ups are all that you need to transform your garden, patio or balcony. These easy ideas can all be done in a weekend but will have you enjoying your outdoor space for months to come.
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Create a shady spot
There’s nothing more relaxing than lounging in a shady spot in the garden. Make your own sun canopy by draping fabric along a branch, or put together a tee-pee – use wooden poles sunk into the grass and a couple of tent pins to anchor lines from the top of the poles to the ground.
Even an old bed sheet can be transformed using a couple of stakes, some bunting and cushions and throws.
Have fun with a swing
Embrace your inner child and install a swing in the garden. Use sturdy ropes and an old plank of wood and then find a suitable, strong tree branch to hang it from.
A more adult option (perfect for curling up with a summer read) is an on-trend hanging chair that you can move around your outdoor space.
Fit a trellis
If you live in a flat or complex, your balcony or patio may lack privacy. The solution? A stylish trellis can double up as a barrier and an attractive feature when planted with a climber. Plus, it’s easy to install and will let in light too.
Spruce up your patio
Give weathered decking or stained patio tiles a makeover by covering with an outdoor rug. It’s not only a no-effort way to disguise damage but it ensures your outdoor entertaining area is just as stylish as your interior.
Go for a rug that’s patterned on both sides so you can flip it over when it starts to fade.
If you like things rustic, don’t spend a fortune on new outdoor furniture. Instead, repurpose pallets into seating and tables.
Just make sure there are no nails or staples sticking out, give them a quick sand down for a smooth finish, and paint over with a wood stain. Adding castors will mean you can move the furniture around with ease.
Add some light
A quick and simple way to give your outdoor space a facelift is to dot a few candle-filled lanterns around. And you don’t have to buy new candle-holders – upcycled jam jars with tea-lights inside them will give off a cosy glow come sunset.
Or make your own: coil some rope around a large glass vase or bottle, taking it 5-7cm up from the base, fixing it in place as you go, using a glue gun. Pour sand into the base to steady it and add a pillar candle.
Build your own veggie patch
Love the idea of picking your own greens but don’t have space for a veggie garden? A raised bed is not only compact for small gardens but weeding is less back-breaking too.
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To build your own, construct a frame with wooden boards, lay weed cloth down in it, fill with soil – and start planting.
Refresh with cushions
If the garden furniture has had to endure a winter of harsh weather, it might be in need of a new look. A couple of zesty new cushions is one of the easiest outdoor décor ideas for an instant, affordable refresh.
Choose durable fabrics, like canvas, that can withstand sun and damp weather.
Pick a sunny paint colour
Who says you have to stick to a natural palette with your garden decor? Revamp tired-looking outdoor furniture by painting it in a vibrant hue.
A bright yellow chair or hot orange bench will pop against a dark timber or brickwork wall. Or try painting a couple of plant pots in zingy shades to create impact.
Impress your guests
Rather than disappearing into the house every time another drink is needed, set up a bar outside and make cocktail hour an al fresco affair.
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Position it so you and your guests can enjoy the view of the garden, and jazz it up with some fun decorations or outdoor fairy lights.
No room for a fully-fledged bar outside? A drinks trolley that can be wheeled out laden with evening refreshments will have guests impressed by your hospitality.