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6 Ways to Decorate Your Outdoor Space

January 7, 2019

Your home’s surroundings contribute a lot to the quality of you and your family’s lifestyle – that’s why it’s worth sprucing things up a bit.

It doesn’t matter whether you have a large backyard, a small patio, a massive garden or a patch of lawn, there are easy ways to beautify your immediate outdoor areas.

To help you get going, we’ve rounded up some of the most effective and affordable ways you can decorate your outdoor space.

Potted plants

For those who don’t have space for a garden or are limited green thumbs, potted plants are an ideal way to liven up any outdoor space. With a plethora of planters and pots in all shapes, colours and sizes – you can create the look you want.

Head to your nearest nursery and ask about the kind of potted plants that will thrive where you live, especially if you’re a beginner.

Most Australian plants that do well in planters and pots are evergreen, meaning they keep growing all year round.

But, professionals who work in nurseries and gardens can recommend options, and give you tips on taking care of your plants.

If you’re looking for low-maintenance potted plants – pick up some herbs and succulents.

Not only are herbs easy to care for, they’re also handy for cooking and they smell great too.

Succulents are also very hardy, and require minimal attention; they make excellent decorative pieces.

For a splash of colour, flowering plants in planters or large pots brighten up any space, but these need more maintenance and TLC.

Fairy lights

A quick and easy way to transform your outdoor area into a magical space for dinner or small parties is to use fairy lights.

Simply string fairy lights across your yard, on trees if you have them, and along the edges of roofs or posts – your creativity and imagination is your only limit.

The good news is, there’s no way to mess up when you decorate with fairy lights; even if you randomly drape them – once you hit the switch, they still look great.

You can buy fairy lights anywhere, but make sure you check the wattage and light quality, so you don’t inadvertently purchase a fire hazard.

Go for LED lights if you can, and if you want to save a bit on electric bills, there are battery-run fairy lights.

These delightful lights are an inexpensive way to add class and romance to your home at any time of year.

Outdoor feature wall

If you want something unique, an outdoor feature wall will add an instant creative boost to your outdoor space.

To achieve this focal point, either make one wall different from the rest of your walls or create a standalone wall that adds texture and style to your yard or garden.

There are so many ways to build an outdoor feature wall. The easiest is to paint an existing wall in an accent or contrasting colour.

If you want something more challenging, use wood slats to build a backdrop.

You can even choose to upcycle pallets, scrap wood, driftwood, or pieces of old furniture to create something truly distinctive.

For a stronger look, use bricks, stones or tiles, or go the extra mile and put together a mosaic. Cast iron and metal aren’t as popular, but make for an impressive outdoor wall with the right design.

On the plus side, walls made of materials like metal or stone are more likely to withstand rains, winds and extreme heat.

Balcony garden

No backyard? No problem. Add potted plants all over your deck to transform it into an oasis.

Tall potted plants like ferns, palms and bamboo are perfect for balcony gardens, as they provide a natural, instant screen while also serving as decoration. You can also go for small citrus trees like lemons or shrubs that do well in pots.

If you don’t have enough space for large plant pots, you can still create a balcony garden using hanging planters. Better yet, build a hanging plant wall for small plants like herbs – it’s not only attractive but functional too.

Outdoor furniture

Outdoor space isn’t complete without some furniture to complement the plants and lights.

After all, you’ll need somewhere to sit, relax and admire your handiwork.

Cast aluminium chairs and tables from Colonial Castings, arranged in the corner of your deck or garden, can be the perfect place for a cuppa, while a strategically placed bench can serve as a reading nook.

Put up an umbrella for shade, or build a simple gazebo if you have the time and resources.

Hanging lanterns

Never underestimate the importance of good lighting in any situation. Hanging lanterns from trees adds atmosphere to your outdoor setting, plus it gives your garden an old-world vibe.

There are hundreds of hanging lanterns to choose from: paper lanterns for short-term use, LED lanterns to last year-round, and fancy decorative ones for special occasions.

Many of these are available at local shops or can be bought online. You can even combine lanterns with fairy lights to amp up the elegance.

You don’t have to do all these things at once; start small. Decorating an outdoor space is a fun and rewarding project, so take your time and don’t forget to enjoy the process.

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