There is nothing better than heading out to your patio or garden after a long day of work. You can sit back and enjoy a warm evening with a nice glass of wine in your hand.
Unless you have neglected your patio. Then you just won’t be comfortable out there and will likely not take advantage of your outdoor space.
You can always decorate it to make it cosy, but that costs a fortune. Or, does it?
There are many ways you can transform your dull patio into an extension of your house that will be enjoyed by the whole family. And without spending a fortune.
In this article, I will go over some budget decorating ideas for your outdoor space.
1 – Pay attention to the walls
You likely have pictures and paintings on your walls inside your house. They add color and atmosphere to your space.
The outside of your house is no different if you are trying to make your patio a comfortable and inviting space.
Outdoor art for the walls is an inexpensive way to add to the ambience outside. Use the colors of your house when picking an appropriate painting or picture so it doesn’t clash.
Then pick a theme for your patio and stick with paintings that support the theme. You can use beachscapes for a nautical theme. Or an old red barn for a country style feel.
2 – Then do the floor
You can opt for tile, wood or even concrete flooring. Whatever you pick, it should be something unique and add to the atmosphere. To keep it cheap you’ll have to be creative.
Try finding some old farms nearby and ask them if they have any old wood that they aren’t planning to use. It may look in bad shape, but weathered wood is very trendy right now and would make some nice flooring. You may even get it for free.
If your space is small then concrete can be fairly cheap. You don’t need that much of it to be effective. One it is cured, coat it with some epoxy sealant. You can give it a bit of style by adding a stain to it that will give it a weathered look.
For tiles, look for closeouts from hardware stores or even look around at flea markets and you might find some old tiles for cheap.
3 – Furniture
Furniture can get really expensive if you are buying everything new. Instead, look for upcycling opportunities. Craigslist is a great place to start. You should find some chairs or at least a table for free or very cheap by people just looking to get rid of things.
You can also make your own and only spend pennies aside from the time you put into it. Pallets are a free source of wood that can be turned into just about anything from a table, a sofa and even a plant box.
4 – Accessorize
Use small accents to really add to the style of your patio. An old boot for instance will look interesting as a flower pot. And old bowls or a broken and repaired ceramic bowl with succulents looks fantastic.