Redecorating your outdoor space can be just as overwhelming as tackling your indoors, but it doesn't have to be. Although the decorating process is very similar, outdoor spaces are more forgiving and your don't have to be restricted by existing flooring, wall color, or space.
- Declutter, remove all of those mis-matched pieces of whatever and create a simple plan. Analyze how you want the spaces to feel, and what is the purpose of each space. Try to delineate spaces and create zone for eating, living/entertaining, playing, and even a kid zone. Just as you would do with a large open concept home, you wouldn't treat it as one room with one purpose you would create spaces. If you are stumped for decorating ideas turn to the internet or outdoor living magazine for inspiration, and use the images as a guide.
- Repurpose good pieces of patio furniture. Spray paint and new pillows can transform even the most dated wicker set. Outdoor furniture pieces have come along way. Wicker and woods have been replace by resins, and poly wood. They are more durable and do not require the maintenance, but still hold the same charm and tradition of natural materials. Select outdoor fabrics for cushions, and accent pillows, there are several lines that are designed for durability (Sunbrella, Waverly, etc)
- Decorate patios with the same items you would use to decorate the inside of your home (candles, area rugs to delineate spaces, pillows, ceramic vases, drapery, etc). You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on landscaping, even a few large ceramic pots filled with ornamental grasses and perennials could be just the trick.
- Add lighting to your space. There are outdoor lamps made to withstand the elements, lanterns fueled by oils and candlelight. Another inexpensive options are market or twinkle lights. String lights are great to accentuate fences, trees, umbrellas, or to create a canopy of light. For more ideas regarding fun lighting project check out Pinterest there's a million of them.