Unlike living in an apartment in a residential building, living in a house usually means you have some exterior space you can enjoy. This is why you need to pay close attention to your front and back yard and try to make the most of this area. This is especially true now that most people are stuck at home due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, which is why houses are getting more and more popular, and the chances are that this trend is going to continue in the years to come, which is why spicing up your outdoor space is simply a must. Designing a patio might be an amazing way to do that, especially if you’re one of those people who love spending all their free time in the open. However, not just any patio will do, and you need to invest some time and money into spicing it up. Doing that on your own should be quite enough and turn out to be rather affordable. So, if you have nothing else to do this weekend, here are a few ideas you might want to look into.
Think about your goals, budget, and workforce
If you’re trying to do everything in just a couple of days, you need to be very organized and focused. It doesn’t matter which projects you choose and how many of them you’d like to turn into reality, you won’t be able to do anything if you don’t have a proper plan and know what your goals are. That’s why thinking about these things is the first thing you need to do, so plan everything ahead and make sure you know all the details before starting to work.
After defining your goals and knowing what you’re trying to achieve during your DIY weekend, it’s time to think about the money. While most people believe that their outdoor space doesn’t need as much love, care, and attention as their interior space, this isn’t exactly true. On the contrary, if you love being in the open, you shouldn’t be afraid to invest as much money as possible in this project. However, you need to try to save as much as you can instead of spending every single dollar you have. You’ll still be able to do quite a lot if you’re creative, but you shouldn’t be afraid to do as much work as you can on your own. Additionally, ask your friends to give you a hand and you’ll be able to do more than you can imagine right now!
Spice up your furniture
Spending time on the patio is great, but you can’t do that unless you have some great furniture, can you? Since these can be quite costly, you might want to explore different ways to spice up your furniture without breaking the bank. Most people don’t like doing that because they don’t enjoy spending too much money when designing their outdoor space, but if you want to use its potential to the fullest, this is an idea you simply have to turn into reality. Still, try to stay frugal and stick to options that won’t jeopardize your financial future.
First, inspect your current furniture and figure out whether it’s broken or not. In case it is, try to repair it on your own without wasting too much time or money. But if you’re unable to complete this project, ask your friends to help you and you’ll thus save tons of money without having to settle for unsatisfying results. Also, don’t be afraid to repaint your furniture and make it look nicer than ever. A new coat of paint makes everything seem brand new, so just pick a color scheme that works for you and fits into your outdoor design plan. You can go for simple choices like black, white, silver, and blue, or you could go for something a bit more extravagant and use this year’s Pantone color of the year. Finally, think about purchasing some new furniture – look into yard sales, thrift shops, and salvage stores, and you’ll surely be able to find something great.
Spice up your lighting
If you want to throw dinner parties at your patio, you’re going to need some proper lighting as well. This is something we do in our interior space all the time, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t move the party to the outdoor area. After all, this is the best move to make if you’re living in a hot region with lots of warm days all year long, so you just need to figure out a new lighting scheme, and that’s it! Fortunately, there are lots of options to choose from, including pendant lighting, string lights, outdoor floor lamps, and even chandeliers, so you can do whatever you want without worrying about the results.
Depending on the size of your patio and the amount of natural sunlight you’ve got there, you can choose between these ideas and find the one that will suit you perfectly. Or you can just add dozens of candles and turn your patio into the most romantic spot in the entire world. This will make every single day in your life much more special and help you remember why you fell in love with your home in the first place. So, it doesn’t matter who you’re spending your evenings with as long as you’re doing that on a nice and properly illuminated patio.
Spice up your décor
When spicing up their home, most people pay attention to the interior, completely ignoring the outdoor area. While this is an amazing way to make your living space look great at all times, it’s not the best tactic when it comes to spicing up your patio. That’s why you might want to shift this paradigm and start making this space look welcoming and cool as well. What’s great, though, is that you don’t have to try too hard – just a few carefully selected pieces will be enough, and you can be done with this in a matter of hours. Still, remember that less is more in these situations, so try not to clutter your patio too much. This is especially true for small patios that don’t have too much maneuvering space, so just accentuate them and stop before going all in.
Some of the most popular patio décor pieces include blankets and cushions on your furniture, a couple of plants here and there, a few stylish rugs from NZ that will make your patio more elegant than ever, or a small sculpture that might suit your style. You can also plant a tiny garden, or install one of those intriguing water walls that will keep you calm and relaxed whenever you’re spending time at your patio. Still, remember to think about the ways you’re going to use your patio before doing all these things. If you’re into throwing outdoor parties, stick to simple and discreet ideas that will give you more space than ever, but if you prefer using your patio as a relaxation station, add as many cozy and fluffy pieces that will help you feel cool and pampered.
Add an entertainment area
Many homeowners like to use their exterior space to host parties or simply relax with their friends and family. If you want to create a designated entertainment area, you need to think about comfort and add cozy seating arrangements in order to provide enough room for everyone. In addition to that, if you want to organize movie nights you’ll need quality outdoor TV and powerful speakers to make this event enjoyable.
Alternatively, you can ask your friends over to play some cool vintage video games you all loved when you were younger. To make everything even more perfect, you can create a small bar area where you’ll be able to make some simple drinks and smoothies. This is something you’ll definitely enjoy, especially if you have children and want to organize special events for them. This can even be a family DIY project for the whole family which will make it even more special.
Spice up your protection
People living in hot areas usually prefer being in the open as often and as long as they can, which is why their patio is one of the most useful spots in their home. However, hot areas come with a ton of sunlight, and that might not be the best thing for your skin in the long run. That’s why you need to protect your patio against too much sunshine as soon as possible.
Luckily, there are lots of ideas you can look into, from pergolas to those protective plantation shutters that aren’t just easy to install, but also easy to maintain. These will boost the look of your patio and your living room, and that’s something we all need.
Spicing up your patio doesn’t take long, and it’s all about getting properly organized. Find a couple of ideas that will work for you and turn them into a weekend DIY project that will mean a lot to you, your family, and your home.