4 Ways to elevate your outdoor space on a budget

Elise Trimbee

June 14, 2022

 Summer is finally at our doorstep! With outdoor living at top of mind this time of year we thought we’d give you some quick, simple and budget friendly tips to add some life back into your outdoor space. The best part is you don’t need to do a complete overhaul or renovation to freshen things up outside, a few easy decor upgrades and styling tips can make it feel like a complete transformation! Don’t forget to checkout some of our favourite finds below to help get you started.

Cozy up With Fabrics
Cover those old cushions. New outdoor furniture can be quite costly so don’t get rid of what you have, refurbish it! Giving tired furniture a thorough cleaning and adorning it with fresh seat covers or toss cushions is not only good for your wallet, but the environment as well. Stores like Ikea, Home Sense and even H&M sell a wide variety of outdoor cushion covers and toss cushions for any budget. This is a great way to integrate a new style without a huge commitment. By updating your cushions you can choose a new colour, theme or pattern for your space – stripes, lemons or flowers; blue, yellow or pink; have fun with it! Adding an outdoor rug is another easy way to bring the comforts of inside out. These beauties also help soften the hardscape and add another easy layer of style which makes everything feel more inviting.

Freshen up with Function
There’s always one thing missing, a table to put your drink on! Adding a new side table not only adds some interest, but also function! Tables come in all shapes, sizes and various materials making them another fun feature to add your space. Use an old tree stump, paint an old table or source a new one, the options are endless. 

Set the Mood with Lighting                                                                                   Lighting is such an important feature when decorating our homes, but it often gets overlooked outside. There are so many options now to help you take your beautiful outdoor space from day to night. String lights, lanterns or garden lights can be beautiful effective ways to layer lighting to set the mood. If you want to make more of an investment and have something cozy to curl up around consider adding a fire pit or fire table.

Liven up With Plants
Get your hands dirty and dig up those gardens, create some new ones, or if you are like me and live in a concrete jungle, add some planters. Plants are a simple and fun way to play with height and dimension. Group your favourite plants in corners or line your space to add interest in different areas. This small addition will break up the hardscape and add some fresh new colour. Just be sure to read those little tags and buy the proper plants for your space keeping in mind sun exposure, watering and growth potential. 

Try out these quick and budget friendly options or give us a call to help you out! At STILE we offer our clients a decorating package that includes all sourcing and installations so you don’t have to do a thing except relax and enjoy!