Wondering how you can turn the pile of wood attached to the back of your house into a summer getaway? With a little creativity, patience, and good faith, you can add fun and flair to your deck and gain the envy of the neighborhood watch party.
Step 1: Add Foliage
Nothing looks better against the back drop of a wooden or cement patio than a bouquet of colorful leaves and blossoming flowers. Add plants to your relaxation arena. A great way to add a pop of color is to find flowers whose colors are the complementary to the color of your house or apartment exterior. For example, if your house is green, try finding a flower color scheme that centers on red flowers. If your exterior wall is yellow, look for a decorative array of blue flowers.
Along with the flowers, you can become quite creative with flower pots. Be refreshingly original by decorating your own flower holders. Paint abstract or simple patterns. You may also consider using lace, fabric, or twine for texture. Show off your inner Picasso! By the end of you flower pot gardening session, your patio will be an art exhibit. The Louvre in Paris will be requesting samples to showcase the newest up and coming artist: YOU.
Step 2: Implement Lighting
As soon as the sun sets, your wooden space has the potential to become a landscape set beneath a sky of twinkling and glistening stars only an arm’s reach from your patio chair. The mood can quickly turn from unsettling to relaxed by a quick addition of lighting. Twinkling lights can either be wrapped around the railing of your balcony or deck or they can be strung across the top of your deck if you have an awning above the sitting area. If you want to go a step further, you can make paper mache light shades for each bulb. Buy different patterned paper from your local crafts store and use scissors and glue to create your own shapes for shades. Cut holes in different parts of the shades for light to shine through. This can be a little way to add a major décor piece to your outer living area. We found an article highlighting 7 creative ways to use lights outdoors on our “Pretty Patios” Pinterest board. Follow the link by clicking here and choose how to set the ambiance on your balcony, patio, or deck.
Step 3: Fluff your Furniture
Maybe you’ve had the same furniture rusting away on your patio since the day you moved in or maybe you don’t have any furniture at all. Either way, you can use different patterns and fabrics to liven up your masterpiece. Choose patterns that stick out to you. Your deck is for you and you deserve to look at and sit in colors and patterns that resonate with you. On this post from The Knot, we found 15 great wedding schemes that would double as a perfect summer scheme to a deck. Click here to be directed to the post.
Your deck may already be stocked with furniture and that’s perfectly okay. We understand if you just don’t have the heart to sell the chair that supported you as you cried while finishing reading the “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger. And we get it if you can’t separate from the patio table that’s kindly supported your coffee each time you’ve watched the sun rise in the morning. You don’t need new furniture to create a new environment. Change out the cushions or sew new sets of fabric onto the chairs. Leave the darkness in the winter and paint your black furniture to white. Or embrace your dark, summer 2017 persona and paint the white furniture black. Choose to leave all neutrals in the past and choose a different color completely. The first rule of your patio is that it’s yours! Decorate it however you’d like.
A major trend in the DIY world lately is pallets. You know those industrial blocks of wood that are used to hold inventory and materials in factories and warehouses? Yes, those pallets. Many craft enthusiasts have been bringing these wooden boxes home and with a wave of a wand made of popsicle sticks and glue, craftsmen are able to turn these not-so-beautiful crates into rustic, urban furniture sets. My roommate created a coffee table for our apartment out of pallets and we get compliments on the table constantly. We found a couch to pallet how-to on our BH Management Pinterest board entitled “Pretty Patios”. Take a look!
Step 4: Invite Friends
Share your refreshed outdoor studio with the neighborhood! Resituate your flower pots, plug in your second sky of bulbs on strings, and set out your renovated furniture. Invite over friends and enjoy a revitalized atmosphere and some good company.