10 Easy Ways To Update Your Outdoor Space In A Weekend
Gardens, balconies, decks… whatever your outdoor space, you want to make the most of it during the summer. Here are some quick ideas to amp up outdoor rooms’ natural allure and make them feel even fresher — without stealing too much time away from your well earned R&R.
Canvas is crisp, but a tropical tiki umbrella adds an instant beach resort vibe. Prices range from $20 up — these examples were found at a drugstore!
Nothing says “relax” like the gentle sway of a hammock on a summer day. Go for an earthy neutral, like this one at stylist April Tidey’s beachfront cabin, or choose a colorful striped pattern to give an outdoor space a global, boho vibe.
Replace a mishmash of planters with a uniform style in a variety of sizes to make a small condo balcony seem more cohesive. Another trick for making an outdoor space look orderly and serene is the use of symmetry. H&H’s Joel Bray bought two cedars to frame the urn and give this space a polished, landscaped look.
Fire features have been enjoying an explosion (no pun intended) and there is a huge array available in a range of price points. They add an instant gathering point when entertaining, and make city s’mores a weeknight perk. A mod fireplace in Sarah and Murray Bancroft’s Palm Springs backyard is a design statement, even when the fire is out.
There’s no easier (or economical) way to bring new life to outdoor seating than pulling together a new palette. Update older pieces with pillows in on-trend hues like citrus brights and swimming pool blues.
Hardy, fade-proof and water-resistant indoor objects (such as ceramic drum stools) can have a second life outside. Designer Mazen El-Abdallah stacks his Toronto deck with a favorite mosaic coffee table and the hyacinth shower stool (seen at left near the table), which are pulled inside in the fall.
Conjure the exclusive vibe of a boutique hotel pool with expansive lounge seating that commands some respect. This cushioned, shaded chaise has A-list cred, with enough room for two.
A classical piece can make a garden seem like a little piece of Versailles, but you don’t need to commit to a Grecian goddess. A modern piece or nature inspired-sculpture turns a dark or neglected nook into an artful discovery.
Unroll an outdoor carpet to quickly define a space and add color and pattern. On this deck, the graphic rug ties together the sharp black and white palette.