Summer is not over yet!
We’re all staying a little closer to home this summer, spending more time in our own yards. Have you made the most of your outdoor space to enjoy it to the fullest?
Whether you have a balcony or patio, big or small yard, there’s an idea here to help you upgrade and beautify your outdoor space (for any budget).
We’ve put together a list of the 13 easiest ways to create the perfect outdoor summer space to help you relax and enjoy those beautiful summer evenings at home.
(Don’t forget the drinks)!
Not a gardener? You don’t need a big garden or anything extravagant to add a pop of colour and beauty to your yard or balcony. One or two pre-made flower planters or containers of greenery is all you need (just buy and water). A pretty hanging basket of cascading blooms or vines, or a small garden/window box (that you can make yourself) will do the trick too.
A large, expensive outdoor set is not needed if it’s not in your budget or you don’t have the space. A few outdoor chairs with a side table (for your coffee, drink, book, or a game of cards), a small bistro set or bench, picnic table, or even a hammock or swing chair (for something more unique) can be budget friendly and create a lovely, usable space for you to relax.
PILLOWS & THROWS
The easiest way to give your outdoor summer furniture a boost! Pick up a few throw pillows (and a blanket or two) in coordinating or themed colours/patterns to get comfy and curl up with on those cooler summer nights outside.
Sound perfectly inviting for reading under the stars? Check out our post on the four newest picks from Reese’s book club to read this summer.
Make it glow. Create a twinkly, relaxed ambience for those dark, starry summer nights. Garden or hanging lanterns, outdoor chandeliers or pendants, solar lighting/bulbs illuminating pathways, deck/fence lighting, string lights, fairy lights, or a few citronella candles (always attended) can add some magic to your outdoor space (and maybe chase away those mosquitos).
Have the space (and the permit)? Add to the ambience even more with a fire pit, the ultimate symbol of summer. Propane or wood, always check first to see what is allowed in your area and know all safety precautions/procedures. Then bring out the guitar for music around the flickering flames (did someone say s’mores?). If a fire pit is not for you, consider a patio heater for those cooler nights instead.
If you’re looking for a different kind of backyard upgrade, it’s never too late for a little project. Build a deck! A small deck can be built in an afternoon (and doesn’t have to be complicated), just be sure to know what you’re getting into beforehand – take a bit of time to learn, get all the supplies you need, and be safe. It can totally change the look and feel of your outdoor space.
And to put on that new deck (or your balcony)? A pretty outdoor rug or set of small mats (make your outdoor space feel like an outdoor room). Just be sure it’s specifically designed for outdoors – thicker, water resistant material – it’s bound to get wet and dirty in time (and may need to be sprayed down). Darker colours and bold patterns are better at disguising outdoor grime.
Super sunny yard? An umbrella can cool you down and give you the shade you need. Many outdoor dining sets come with an umbrella for the middle of the table (for while you enjoy an outdoor meal). They can also be purchased separately with an adjustable stand that can more easily be moved around. In a variety of sizes, colours, and patterns, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your space and style.
Enjoy the outdoors even when it rains. If you have a yard, consider a covered gazebo or pergola (hard or soft top) that can make your outdoor space feel like an extended room of your home. Providing shade and shelter from weather, many come with fabric walls, netting or screens that open and close to protect furniture underneath (and keep bugs out in the evenings).
BBQ OR GRILL
It’s just not summer without the smell of BBQ and enjoying a meal outside. So for many, if you really want the perfect outdoor space, it has to have a grill. There are many different kinds and sizes of outdoor grills available depending on your amount of space, check to see what’s best for you (and if you have a balcony, make sure you’re allowed and have permission first). Did you know there are BBQ gazebos?
MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
Many theatres are still closed, so make your own in your yard! Pick up a projector and an inflatable screen (or project against the side of your house on a bed sheet) and cozy up for the ultimate movie or TV night under the stars. Don’t forget the popcorn! (Or s’mores on the fire pit).
DECOR & ACCESSORIES
Add a finishing touch. A decorative plant stand, wind chimes, or bird bath. A garden statue, solar vase, unique pot or garden stake, or some pretty jewelled butterflies to hang along your fence. It doesn’t have to be much. One or two accessories are all you need to make the space your own.
A FEW EXTRAS
If you still have room in your budget, a few extras can make a big difference. If you haven’t picked up a few citronella candles, a bug zapper (or other type of mosquito repeller) yet, grab one of those. A cute set of glassware (e.g., mason jars with a drink caddy), a dispenser for summer drinks on ice, or a bluetooth speaker for some sunshiney tunes, are great options too.
But wait … did someone say hot tub?
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