When we think about home improvements, it is usually the interiors that receive the most attention. Perhaps it is time to consider the outdoor space that your property has. Continue reading for five ways in which you could spruce up your outside area.
Create or update a patio area
A patio area is always useful to have. From family barbecues to grown-up socializing, with alcohol included, there are always occasions for which this addition would be justified. Get your pressure washer out and blast the dirt away first of all. This will make everything look a lot brighter immediately. Next, add a table and chairs. Although glass-topped furniture can look stunning, it is also challenging to clean, so we prefer wood seating and accompanying table. Finally, add a few pot plants for an injection of color, and then you’re good to go.
Give your wood a lick of paint
Fences, sheds, gates and doors can all take a battering during the winter months. Repainting might take a little while and lots of patience to ensure you do not miss bits, but it makes a massive difference to the overall look and feel of your outside space. You may even choose to add a pop of color with an eggplant or teal shade for your shed.
Turn up the heat
Although summertime usually comes with warm temperatures, it can start feeling a little chilly on an evening. Having some form of fire features within your garden can allow you to socialize for a little longer. You could even extend your party season by a couple of months by simply adding something like a fire pit as found over at PureModern. Alternatively, a fire torch, fire table or even a chiminea could add some warmth to the situation. Not only that, but the light you get from them allows you to see well.
Light it up
Adding lights to your garden not only allows you to use the space for a longer period into the late hours, but they can also spark interest. Solar lights can be reasonably priced and easy to add. However, you must ensure your garden gets enough natural light for you to benefit from investing in them. Battery-powered lanterns that you bring out for special occasions and hang from tree branches, for example, can look striking and add a subtle warm glow to the place. We are also huge fans of shepherd hook lights, marking out the edge of part of the garden, for example.
Plants and flowers
Finally, a little investment is needed in the plants and flowers department. If you prefer not to spend time deadheading or weeding flower beds, avoid that (or certainly reduce the time anyway) by laying shingle and placing pots containing color-injecting flowers and plants on top of the area. Alternatively, look at laying membrane and planting things through it to reduce the weeds. Cover with a thick layer of bark chips, and it will significantly reduce the amount of work you have to do to keep on top of things. Strategically-placed hanging baskets can also add to the overall impact your outdoor space has.