Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

You would think enjoying the great outdoors should be as simple as stepping outside and

plopping down in your backyard.

And for some people, it really is that simple.

A blanket or towel and their yard gloriously as-is is enough to fill them with enjoyment.

For others?

Enjoying your outdoor space isn’t so simple.

Whether it’s a love of landscaping, a preference for sitting on furniture rather than the

ground or a desire to keep up with the proverbial Joneses, many homeowners seek to

transform their outdoor spaces to meet their needs.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

Looking to rejuvenate your outdoors space this spring?

Start transforming your space with these upgrades and additions:

Add Potted Plants

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

A beautiful pot of plants can elevate even the humblest of outdoor spaces into a colorful oasis.

Don’t have the room or the budget for high-end, sprawling landscaping?

No worries.

Hanging baskets, pots and planters are affordable, space savvy ways to infuse a bit of life and

color into your space without breaking the bank.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

There are , whether that’s with a riot of

flowers or a subtle mix of green foliage.

And for those who can afford top dollar landscaping: there’s no law that says you can’t take

advantage of container gardens too.

Add Hardworking Plants

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

Regardless of whether they’re in a container or landscaping bed, there’s no rule that says your

plants have to be purely aesthetic.

Get a little more out of your outdoor space by mixing plants that are pure eye-candy with plants

that pull double-duty.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

Flies, gnats, mosquitoes and other bothersome bugs can make it hard to enjoy your outdoor spaces.

Plenty of beautiful in addition to looking pretty

and smelling great.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

Edible plants look great, help you save on groceries and give you a little burst of pride as you use

your homegrown ingredients in fresh dishes and drinks.

Even those short on space can grow tomatoes, berries, herbs and vegetables in small container

gardens.

Invest in Shade

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

Look for the right areas to add shade trees to your yard.

A good shade tree will not only give you a cool spot to enjoy outdoor living, they’ll also help

offset HVAC costs by shading your home in the hotter months.

 

Two big concerns when looking to plants a shade tree are location and species.

You want to make sure your tree is in a good spot to provide shade, but won’t encroach on

the foundation or threaten your roof as the tree grows.

You also want to make sure you pick a hearty species that is native to your area to avoid

ecological disruptions.

New Outdoor Furniture

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

Outdoor furniture helps make a space feel more comfortable and more intentional.

is a must for outdoor spaces.

Recycled outdoor furniture boasts greater durability while more and more manufacturers

offer sourcing information for customers who want furniture made from sustainable materials.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

Have old furniture that’s still in usable condition?

Consider donating instead of sending it to a landfill.

Bring in Colorful Threads

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

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Fabrics and rugs are a great way to add color, pattern and texture to your outdoor space,

not to mention a dose of creature comfort.

Pillows, rugs and curtains are all easy ways to spruce up or delineate your outdoor space.

A shaded outdoor spot, be it porch, gazebo, deck or patio is best for outdoor threads as

harsh weather and sunlight will greatly shorten their lifespan.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

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To increase longevity, consider storing outdoor rugs in a garage during winter and

designating a storage bench for pillows, cushions and curtains when not in use.

You can look for natural, sustainably made rugs and fabrics, but don’t forget fillings

and dyes as well.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

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Organic fillings like soy or cotton are popular options.

There are also ranges of products that use natural plant dyes to achieve their color

and pattern.

Start from Scratch

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

Old deck a hazard?

Or maybe you don’t have a deck at all?

Whether you’re tearing down a dangerous eyesore or starting from square one,

building a deck from scratch can provide a fantastic transformation.

 

Building a deck is a big investment compared to adding a potted plant or throw pillow,

so it makes sense to do thorough due-diligence before getting started.

Make sure you research everything from safety concerns, local zoning laws, durability and

.

Care for and Clean Your Space

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

A little elbow grease can go a long way towards making your outdoor space a place you want to be.

Sometimes it’s the little things that keep you from enjoying your outdoor space to the fullest:

*Cobweb covered chairs

*Tables covered with pollen and other natural debris

*Slick, suspiciously colored patches on the brick or stone of your patio

*Plants encroaching on your sitting area

*Standing water

It’s not just your indoor spaces that need cleaning and maintenance.

Regular care combined with a few seasonal deep cleans will keep your outdoor spaces clean,

safe and inviting.

 

“Let your budget and habits

guide you towards the perfect

transformation that will have you

cherishing and enjoying your

outdoor spaces this spring.”

 

 

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space this Spring with these Exterior Transformations

If “transformation” sounds daunting, remember that it’s all relative.

If you’ve never really used your outdoor spaces before, cleaning them off and adding a bit of

seating can be a radical transformation.

Let your budget and habits guide you towards the perfect transformation that will have you

cherishing and enjoying your outdoor spaces this spring.

About the Author
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for , an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Connect with Kacey at https://twitter.com/kacey_mya; https://www.pinterest.com/kaceymya/;  https://www.instagram.com/thedriftercollective/

 

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