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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guest Post- 3 ways to Decorate Outside

If you’ve spent any time at all looking at decorating projects for your outdoor living space, you know how much time and money it can take. When you start adding up the cost of all what you want to do, it can be a truly staggering sum! But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little creativity, there are tons of options for decorating for less outside the home. Here are 3 of our favorite ways:

Change The Small Stuff (Finish, Pillows, etc.)
            -           Perhaps you’ve got a sectional outside that you just don’t think works with the area anymore. Or maybe you have a glider bench that’s starting to show its age. What do you do in this situation? Purchasing new furniture can be very expensive, so that’s out of the question. The solution? Change the small stuff. By changing the accessories to an item, you can upgrade its look and give new life to something old. For the sectional, you could change out the pillows on it to seasonal colors. With the glider bench, a new finish will have it looking great and take years off its appearance. The best part about both these options? They’re much cheaper than buying something new!

Repurpose (tin cans for lanterns)
            -           Another great way to decorate for cheap outdoors is to repurpose items around your home. Not everything out on your patio has to be new, and by putting something old to a new use, you’ll create a unique, one of a kind environment. For example, a drape that no longer matches the furniture in your home’s living room might look perfect when hung from one side of your pergola. About to throw away some old tin cans? Save them, paint them, create designs in the sides using a knife or nail, and you’ve got a great set of candle holders!

Faux Greenery
-           Faux greenery is most commonly used on the inside of the home, but it can work just as well outside. Whether it’s arranged in a window planter, a hanging basket, or a traditional urn, it gives you an easy way to keep some color in your outdoor area all year long. Plus, you can always bring your planter indoors if you want to add some greenery to the inside. When you consider the lack of maintenance (no need for fertilizing or watering) and the fact that it can last through all seasons, including fall and winter, it makes it an obvious choice for pairing up with your favorite annuals and perennials.

While decorating an outdoor living space may seem like a costly, time consuming task, it doesn’t have to be. Keeps ideas like these above in mind and you’ll be able to decorate your outdoor space and have it looking fabulous without breaking the bank!

About The Author – Marissa Alan is a writer with Outdoor Living and loves to talk decorating (indoors and out), gardening, and healthy living. For more on items like outdoor fountains, planters, and heating elements like outdoor fireplaces and a wood burning fire pit, visit OutdoorLiving.com.

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