As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it’s the perfect opportunity to give your exterior space a little love. Create your own outdoor oasis this year and make the most of the warmer months. Not sure where to start? These budget-friendly backyard makeover ideas can make all the difference in transforming your backyard into an instant escape.
1. Unroll an Outdoor Rug
You already know what magic a rug can work indoors. It can work the same magic on your patio, deck or porch, creating a natural focal space for anchoring your outdoor furniture. Even the most low-key of outdoor rugs sends a message: “Kick off your shoes and relax.” And it’s a great way to bring a splash of color to your existing patio set without breaking the bank on new cushions or furniture.
2. String Up Some Mood Lighting
The right outdoor lighting can breathe life into your backyard hangout space. String lights are in right now — and they’re easy to drape around or over practically any outdoor living space. Lining pathways or surrounding your space with solar torch lights or other warm, low lighting will create a stunning space for unwinding with a cup of tea in the evenings or hosting a get-together with family or friends. Just make sure your lights (and any extension cords) are rated for outdoor use.
3. Build a Vertical Garden
Blow your family and neighbors away with a vertical garden. It’s a great way to make the most of your outdoor space, especially if you have a small backyard. You don’t need a green thumb to transform a blank fence, wall or another empty space into something spectacular. Whether you want to grow attractive herbs and veggies or something purely ornamental, you have a ton of options — and making it happen is simpler than you might think.
4. Increase Your Cozy Factor With a Fire Pit
Evenings along the East Coast can cool down quickly, but adding an outdoor fire pit helps extend your outdoor living time beyond summer into the spring and fall months. Both pre-made and DIY options can be put together relatively inexpensively. Group plenty of comfy seating around (don’t skimp on outdoor throw pillows) and stock up on s’more supplies. You’ll be set for a summer full of memories, but remember to be safe.
5. Add a Hammock
Hammocks can be as comfortable as they are eye-catching. They soften a space visually, add a fun touch of boho whimsy and invite you to relax and soak up the season. If you don’t have sturdy trees where you need them, you can always purchase an affordable metal hammock stand at your local hardware store. The hardest part might be choosing the perfect hammock for your space — you’ll be blown away at the different styles available, from lacy macramé hammocks to boldly colored handwoven-fabric options.