As we enter the sunlit days of summer, it’s only right that we should spend some time sprucing up those outdoor living spaces. Whether you have a patio, deck, walking garden, gazebo or other outdoor living space, there are simple things you can do to spruce it up and add a different feel this summer.
Here are a few creative ways you can change your outdoor living space this year:
- Arrange seating for two. Fire pits and picnic tables are fine for large gatherings, but this year why not create a more romantic niche? Consider a small table-umbrella combo, set up a couple of comfortable fabric lawn chairs, and enjoy the sunset hand in hand.
- Create a respite from the sun. Having a large tree that provides cover is good, but most of us aren’t patient enough to wait years for it to grow. Consider setting up a simple canopy to turn just about any outside space into a living space.
- Build a floating deck. A deck next to the house is fine, but one that can move around the yard and follow the sun is even better. Consider creating a floating deck built from four foot square sections that can be moved and rearranged all over your yard. Wicker chairs make a nice complement to this floating deck idea.
- Install a water feature. Just because you don’t live on a lake doesn’t mean you can’t have a backyard water paradise. A simple stack of pots and a pump can create the sound of the beach in a three foot wide area.
- Put up some party lights. Lights on a strand can go well across the slats of your porch trellis. Choose summer shades of yellow and light blues to add to the overall mood.
- Place potted plants in unconventional spots. Anyone can have a planter on the steps; consider putting yours as the centerpiece to your outdoor table. You can even create a miniature garden with several potted plants set in a boxed planter full of pebbles. If you’re concerned about home security, you can even use these unconventional locations to install one or more of your home security cameras.
- Make furniture fit your world. Rather than building a garden bench, why not head off to the local lumber yard and build a bench that encircles that majestic oak in the back yard?
- Move the chandelier outdoors. Instead of taking up table space for your lighting, consider hanging miniature glass lanterns from your patio table umbrella.
- Put together an outdoor breakfast nook. A small space with peat gravel, a nice café table and a couple of chairs will make you think you’re having breakfast in the South of France, rather than in South Dakota.
- Move your patio to the shore. If you live on the lake or have a pond, create a patio area down near the water for a much more breathtaking view of things.
Summertime is time to rethink your living spaces. Do something daring, and try one of these ideas this summer!