Now that we have 2 acres, it’s like we have outdoor space for daysssss. There’s an an outdoor dining area, a firepit area, a grilling area… heck, even the hot tub has it’s own little zone! I know not everyone has loads and loads of space to create the ultimate outdoor oasis, but I’m sure you can still do something to make your outdoor space feel special — even if it’s a tiny balcony in the city! So with that in mind, I decided it’s a great time to round up my best outdoor decor ideas for sprucing things up. I hope you love these ideas!
7 Creative & Affordable Outdoor Decor Ideas
Invest in an outdoor rug
Sometimes you might not have much control over your outdoor space, like if you rent or if your budget is tight. I get it — we have a super unattractive concrete slab that we can’t afford to replace yet. So for now we’re embracing it… and covering it up! Outdoor rugs are a wonderful and affordable way to do just that. There are soooo many awesome options and it’s a great way to add pattern and color to your patio, deck, porch or balcony.
Cafe lights and lanterns
Twinkly lights are the ultimate distraction from anything unsightly in my opinion! They create such perfect summertime ambiance for a really small amount of effort. I recommend hanging a strand of waterproof cafe lights and then scattering solar powered lanterns around on the ground.
Update existing furniture & decor with outdoor paint
The magic of paint is unparalleled! If you’re on a tight budget or just don’t feel like totally overhauling your outdoor decor, a coat or two of paint can work wonders. Personally, I love using outdoor spray paint to change up the color of small outdoor tables, planters… pretty much anything!
Add a few more potted plants
Just like lighting, a display of pretty plants can cover up anything ugly. For example, I clustered flower pots around our electrical cords and wires to conceal them. You could pot flowers or even a few veggies and herbs. Personally, I try to select plants that smell amazing all summer long.
Toss in a few new outdoor pillows
There’s a cliche that the easiest way to update an indoor space is to swap in new dec pillows… well, the same is true for outdoor spaces! Plus, outdoor pillows are the perfect way to add more color and pattern to any space. Be sure to invest in pillows that are mildew resistant and won’t fade in the sun.
Re-arrange existing furniture and decor
To me, nothing quite makes a space feel new in a flash like re-arranging existing pieces! Sean and I have a joke that every time he comes home, something has been moved around and it’s a game for him to figure out what it was that moved. But joking aside, I love how instantly refreshed a space feels after moving around furniture. And here’s the thing: even if it doesn’t improve the flow of a space, I bet it will get the synapses in your brain firing and inspire you to try different decorating ideas.
Shop your house
And lastly, I always always always recommend shopping your house before hitting the stores or turning to online shopping. Especially if you live in an area where you can trust that the rain has stopped! I love to bring out candle holders, small tables, and throws to cozy up my outdoor spaces and make them feel more like our home.
What are some other ideas you have for refreshing an outdoor space? Leave a comment and let me know!