Creating an Outdoor Living Space You’ll Love

As the weather gets warmer and the sun shines brighter, it’s a perfect excuse to head outdoors. Looking to shake things up while working from home? Hoping to make your outdoor living space more enjoyable in anticipation of a summer staycation? Bright green hues and new flowers blooming are a wonderful change of pace, and there are plenty of ways to spruce things up without breaking the bank.

Here are some tips on creating a perfect outdoor space for you to enjoy.

Sweep Away
Grab a corn husk outdoor broom, and spend some time removing any leaves and debris leftover from the winter months. You can also use a hose with a strong nozzle to spray down patio stones, removing any dirt or winter salt remnants.

Grime Be Gone
Wipe down your patio furniture to make it feel fresh and clean, removing any cobwebs that may have collected over the winter months. If you have plastic/vinyl outdoor furniture, try this DIY cleaning solution by mixing together:

  • 1/4 cup ammonia
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 4 cups of warm water

Add the solution to a spray bottle and use to freshen up all your furniture. If you have leftover solution, keep it on hand and to wipe down patio tables throughout the next few months.

Add Some Flare
Brighten things up by adding a splash of colour with accent pillows, umbrellas, and decorative outdoor mats. Additional outdoor decorative pieces like citronella lanterns or hanging lights will help you transition to enjoying your evenings outdoors as well. Portable bluetooth speakers require no extensive wiring, and can come and go with you as you need, adding some background music to your outdoor experience. As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, so be prepared to store any cushions or accents out of the rain in order to avoid disappointing wear and tear.

Flower Power
Get creative and include some flowers to your outdoor space, keeping in mind the fluctuating spring weather. Add some mason jars with fresh bulbs or greenery on your patio table, which you can easily take inside if the weather turns. Make your own spring planters, choosing brightly coloured pots that will not be too heavy to move into the sun, or retreat indoors if needed. Your local garden centre will likely have pre-made planters with hearty annuals you can choose from, most of which are selected to withstand the spring months.