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How To: Spruce Up Your Outdoor Area On A Budget

When the weather is sweet and the sun is out shining, you will want to lounge in your backyard even if it’s just for relaxing with a good book or hosting a sophisticated soiree. But is your outdoor area built for entertaining? After all, your patio is an extension of your home and you may want to consider a few light retouches and easy DIYs. Here are four tips to help you spruce your outdoor area giving it the long-overdue fabulous upgrade, all while sticking to a budget. 

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Furnish a Seating Area
Whether your outdoor area is meant for Sunday brunches or just sunbathing, you will want to begin with a cozy seating area. Choose a spot where the sun isn’t too harsh and is close to a shade. Consider sprucing up your furniture with simple fixes. This is an area of relaxation so throw on a few comfortable cushions. Bright linen complements the green outdoors, and a pop of colour can make all the difference. Your slim stool can have a tray for a tabletop that holds a fresh vase of flowers or just holding drinks!

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Sourcing Items
While decorating on a budget, opt for garage sales and op shops looking for bric-a-brac that brings some character to your outdoor area. Remember that a worn-out table found in a garage sale needs nothing but a fresh coat of paint or a funky table cloth to work for you.

Adding Bright Flowers to Small Spaces
Working in a small garden space can be tricky with not much to work on. While hunting for furniture, look for round tables since they can be space-efficient. You don’t want to go overboard with tiny knick-knacks here. Consider just adding a vase of freshly cut flowers. The colour and the scent of the flowers can make for an aesthetic display. You can also consider adding a vertical flower garden and choose anything from a crib frame to old tires to hang potted plants in. They’re a great space-saving alternative and need on the repurposing of household items.    

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Don’t Forget the Fence
Lastly, the fence is where you can unleash your creative side. A fun mural or a painting of solid colours can draw attention to the house for very little cost. If you’re not sure of paint, a failsafe option would be to drill tiny holes, enough to accommodate coloured marbles. The sunlight falling through the translucent marbles has an alluring effect on the light cast in the outdoor area. Everyday objects like old wine glasses placed against light can give a stained glass effect. A cheap string of lights placed at the ceiling or wound through the fence can be a significant makeover for your outdoor area without having to spend much. 

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Preity Bhandary

Preity is currently pursuing a Master of Global Media Communication at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about sustainable housing and loves exploring the historic architecture of cities.


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