When it comes to decorating your outdoor space, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the cost of it all. The furniture, lights, plants, accessories – they can quickly add up to a lot more than you expected! But with a little creativity and some searching in the right places, you can bypass all that and still come out with a great looking outdoor living area. Here are 4 frugal ways to decorate your outdoor space.
Garage Sales / Thrift Stores
- Shopping at garage sales and thrift stores is a cheap and easy way to find all sorts of accessories, from chairs to planters to pictures, to put in your outdoor space. You truly never know what you’ll find here, as one person’s junk really is another’s treasure. Even if you don’t find the exact thing you’re looking for, you just might see something that sparks your creativity and gives you a great idea for your outdoor room.
- Repainting and refinishing is a quick option when you want to give something a different look without radically altering its shape. Whether it’s changing the colors to match the season or refinishing to keep a piece looking good all year, it doesn’t take much time and is totally worth it. It can also make a fun project for kids – think something like painting planters with their own creative design. Make sure to use paints and finishes meant to withstand regular outdoor exposure.
- Just because you want to freshen up the outdoor space doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton on a new furniture set or a total remodel. By changing small things like the accessories in it, you can create a different look for much less cost and effort. Try changing the pillows on an outdoor couch to match the seasons, with warmer colors in the spring and cooler colors in the fall. Want to give the area a completely different feel? Rearrange the furniture and put a rug down in the center of the patio. It’s a small change, but it will make a big difference.
- Finally, put your thinking cap on and repurpose items. Think you have no use for something? Think again, because there’s probably a way you can make it work in your outdoor area. A shallow bowl can be converted into a birdbath, a few crates can make lovely ottomans with a fresh coat of paint, and old soda bottles can become hanging planters. This is an area where you’re only limited by your imagination, so do some thinking and you’ll surely come up with some great ideas that will be unique to your outdoor space.
Frugal decorating doesn’t have to mean a sparse outdoor living area. By following these 4 guidelines and letting your creative juices flow, you’ll be able to decorate yours with everything you want for a fraction of the cost!
About The Author – Marissa Alan is a writer with Outdoor Living. Her hobbies include cooking, herb gardening, and exterior decorating. For more on products like wind chimes, patio furniture, fire pits, and bird bath fountains, visit OutdoorLiving.com.