5 Tips for Outdoor Decorating in Summer

As seasons change from one to the next, the urge to decorate comes with it. Everyone loves changing up the look of the inside of their homes. But, have you ever considered doing the same outside? Typically we become so involved in interior work that we ignore the possibility of outdoor decorating. Outdoor decorating makes your home look good not just to use, but also to people simply passing by. These five tips can help you get started.

1. Paint. Depending on your needs, you might want to cover the whole house and its trim in paint or you might want to just touch up or change the color of the trim itself. Either option can make a huge difference in how your home looks from the outside.

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2. Porch or Patio. If you don’t have a porch or patio, you might want to consider buying one if you can afford it. However, if you already do have one, it can be easy to spruce it up. Add some new furniture, or, if you like what you have, simply add some new cushions or covers to it. You can also set up flowers, gnomes or other statues, or a water fountain.

3. Walkways. If your walkway looks warm and inviting, it will have the same effect on your home. If you already have a plain, straight walkway, add solar walkway lights or some flowers to either side to make it more interesting. If you don’t have a walkway at all, consider one made of stones. Installing a new walkway also gives you the option of having it curve or wind a bit on the way to the door, which adds to its visual appeal.

4. Yard ornaments. A birdhouse, a lantern light, or even just flowers planted in a wheelbarrow can all be used to decorate outside the home. Match the items to your tastes and you will help give your yard a bit of your own personality. With these touches, you make it look different from every other home on the block.

5. Flowers, Plants, Vines & Bushes: One of the easiest and most popular ways to add color and life to your yard is to plant any of these options. This is a great time of year to buy annuals, which will grow quickly, but add some more green by planting perennials as well. These will pay off over time as they continue to sprout year after year.