12 Outdoor Decor Ideas for Your Home
All too often, it seems that homeowners are hesitant to make any changes or updates to their outdoor spaces because they can’t decide what to add or how to decorate. With just a few changes and improvements, your backyard has the potential to be a unique and versatile extension of your home. We’ve compiled our favorite outdoor decor ideas to help you give your backyard that much-needed facelift you’ve been thinking about.
Make Use of Your Backyard’s Natural Design and Outdoor Decor
If you have a backyard filled with shady trees or thick grass, make the most of those areas. Plan your outdoor spaces in accordance with the natural setup of your backyard. Consider having a sitting area under the shade of your largest trees. If you have an area with healthy grass, leave that space open to it show off. Conversely, an area that has difficulty growing grass or plants might be the perfect place to add a table or outdoor flooring to cover up those problem spots.
Accessorize with Plants
Building a mini garden for your patio or porch is a great way to add extra outdoor decor and fill empty spaces in your backyard. Pro Tip: Try planting herbs such as rosemary, parsley and basil. These plants are small enough to fit in different corners of your backyard, plus they grow easily and are great for cooking.
Step Up Your Yard with Stones
Ever notice those pesky spots where grass just can’t seem to grow? Landscape rocks or stepping stones are great for elevating the look of your backyard while also covering those frustrating brown patches. Landscape rocks add an upscale touch and stepping stones are a charming way to keep your lawn looking its best while creating a unique pathway in your yard. Both options come in a variety of styles making it easy to find a design that matches your taste.
Set the Stage with Lights
Take your space to the next level by adding the right lighting. Look for outdoor lights that can be strung between tall trees or on railings and ceilings to highlight your covered porch or deck. You can also add path lights around your lawn to help illuminate walkways at night. For a more versatile look throughout your yard, try adding lamps or hanging candles.
Personalize Your Space with Art
Add a sign or piece of art to your patio or deck for a great way to bring the space together and give it a cozier, indoor feel. Welcome your guests by hanging a hand-painted sign or purchasing a bright painting for the patio. Be sure to look for artwork that is made to last outside.
Create Your Own Cabana
Turn your back porch into the ultimate vacation spot by hanging sheer curtains from the ceiling of your porch. Sheer curtains add a bright and airy feel to any outdoor space while also providing some privacy and shade.
Change Things Up with Throw Pillows
Throw pillows add fantastic additions to your porch no matter what time of the year it is. Bright pillows in the summer give your outdoor decor a fresh new look. The warm-toned pillows give your backyard a cozier feel, perfect for fall.
Add an Outdoor Rug
An outdoor rug makes your space feel like an extension of your home all while bringing the area together and creating a cozy atmosphere with outdoor decor. You can switch out your rugs based on the season, adding bright colors or warm tones to your space at different times throughout the year.
Pick the Right Furniture
The more versatile your outdoor decor and furniture is, the more space you’ll have in your backyard. Make use of end tables that can also function as cabinets. Purchase durable furniture that can be used on a covered deck or exposed patio. Resist the urge to purchase that metal table set that will just rust away quickly outside. Look for cozy, durable and functional pieces that will last.
Stay Warm with a Fire Pit
Fire pits are relatively inexpensive items to add to your backyard. They create a gathering point for entertaining and are fun for kids and adults alike. There are many different styles and types of fire pits available, making it easy to find one that fits your personal style. Pro Tip: If you like DIY projects, check out these easy DIY tabletop fire bowls.
Match your Plants to Your Decor
Make sure that your outdoor furniture does not clash with your landscaping. Find furniture or accessories that compliment the colors of your flowers and plants in your yard. Or, consider adding some different plants to your yard that match your decor. Matching the shades of your plants to your furniture lets your backyard feel more like an extension of your patio or deck.
Keep Bugs at Bay with Candles
Add ambiance to your outdoor decor with candles. By purchasing citronella candles for your patio or deck, you can accessorize your space and protect your family from mosquitoes at the same time. Citronella effectively repels mosquitos and bugs and is a great option if you don’t want to use bug spray every time you go outside. Pro Tip: Mason Jar citronella candles are a great accessory to add to your backyard, and they’re easy to make yourself.
With just a few of these changes to your outdoor space, you’ll be well on your way to having the perfect outdoor spot for entertaining all year long.
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