With summer upon us, it’s finally time to take the party outdoors. A chic and comfortable outdoor space is great for entertaining guests and provides a tranquil hideaway for winding down after a long, hot day. Don’t have the budget to build a backyard or balcony tiki bar? No worries. These five simple tips will assist you in creating an outdoor space that you and your guests will love.
1. Use bright colors:
When using bright colors, it’s best to obey the age old saying, “less is more.” You’ll be able to create a ton of pizzazz without making a ton of purchases. Throw pillows and seat cushions will get the job done, but Designer Ashley Astleford recommends painting unexpected surfaces, like the ceiling, to brighten your space, immensely, with very little effort.
2. Couple secondhand items with fun DIY painting techniques:
If you’re looking to save, visiting a thrift store, yard sale or flea market seems like a no-brainier. Take it a step further by looking up a few tutorials for painting techniques. This three-ingredient recipe for distressed wood from Shanty 2 Chic can be applied to any wooden piece and will give your space a beautifully rustic look. Don’t forget to look into different weatherproofing options so all of your hard work doesn’t go to waste!
3. Light some candles:
Candles are one of the few items with the ability to add a level of warmth to your atmosphere while remaining incredibly inexpensive. Designer Greg Schaumburg of Hursthouse Landscape Architects & Contractors places tea lights in a copper basin filled with water to set an intimate tone in an example found on HGTV.com Enhancing your candles with items like lanterns and basins can take your décor quite a long way without breaking the bank. Add white Christmas lights for a similar effect at a similar price.
4. Incorporate plant life:
How can you be outdoors without adding a little greenery? Surround yourself and your guests with a few hanging plants that vine down to create an enticing and natural appeal. This hanging garden tutorial from skinny laminx is simple, effective and brag worthy!
5. Don’t forget the floor:
Just because it’s the surface beneath your feet doesn’t make it insignificant. Laying a simple area rug creates so much visual appeal while adding a distinct level of comfort. Many home improvement stores carry area rug options as large as 6’ x 8’ for under $20.00! You and your guests won’t think twice about kicking off the flip-flops to lounge in your new outdoor sanctuary.
What money saving tips have you come across when looking for outdoor decor ideas? We’d love to read about them in the comments below!