Summer is just around the corner, and the warm sunshine is beckoning you to spruce up your patio for the outdoor season. Don’t be overwhelmed.  Creating a beautiful, inviting and functional patio at a reasonable price can be accomplished with a little planning and elbow grease. Here are five budget-friendly ways to deck out your patio for your family and friends to enjoy all summer long.

Give Your Structurally Sound Patio A Facelift

If the patio structure is stable, just add a fresh coat of paint or stain.  Then cover the imperfections in the floor with indoor-outdoor carpeting or a cheerful outdoor rug or two.  Finally, introduce pattern, color, and texture to your patio and liven up your old patio furniture with a set of new, fun outdoor throw pillows.

Create a Fun Focal Point

Decks are a casual, fun place for your family and friends to gather; and, they should reflect your family’s personal tastes.  Consider hanging a vintage sign of your families favorite beverage, restaurant, or vacation spot.  These can be found at local flea markets or online.  Another fun focal point is an inexpensive or used outdoor fireplace or fire bowl.  Also, a water feature, such as a free standing fountain, is an excellent centerpiece and the relaxing sound of the water can help mask traffic and other unwanted noise.  However, if you don’t have space for a fountain, a wind chime is a good alternative for masking noise.

Add Shade and Privacy to Your Deck with Drapery Panels

Drapery panels, made of tablecloths, shower curtains, and sheets, are effective at softening the harsh rays of the sun and keeping bugs out, as well as making your patio a bit more private and cozy. They’re also more flexible than a fence, allowing you to shift them left to right as needed.

Create Ambiance with Lighting

Shedding light on your patio will help make the most of your outdoor space.  Consider a strand or two of outdoor solar-powered string lights, which will bring life and attention to your patio.  Inexpensive decorative options are readily available at most big box stores.

Add Interest to Your Patio with a Garden Wall

A wall or fence around your patio is a great opportunity to create a garden wall or a hanging planter, which will add beauty and privacy to your outdoor space.  Nearly any plant will work in a vertical garden, including edibles, annuals, and perennials.  For a uniform look, plants should be secured with zip ties.

LogoThere are many ways to give your outdoor room a fresh new feel, without breaking the bank.  Shop wise and DIY, if possible.  For more information on budget friendly ways to deck out your patio visit Falconcrest Homes.

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