With the nice weather here, it's time to get outdoors. Yes there's the typical yard cleanup after a long winter, but it's also nice to add something new to your home's outdoor decor. So here are some outdoor decorating ideas, ones that aren't too costly and might turn something you've never loved, into your favorite outdoor feature.
It's also important when picking outdoor materials, to consider how much time and cost will be required to keep things looking great year after year. You want to insure that your home maintenance time is balanced between taking care of what you already own, and adding other improvements that will spruce up your yard even more.
Outdoor Decorating Ideas that Combine Function & Decor
When we think about decorating our home, we focus on the interior where it's fun picking different colors for each room, in comparison to one color for your home's exterior. Other choices like window style and columns, are decided when the house is built, so how do you add color and personality to an existing home?
Dress up your mailbox so it's part of your landscaping with shrubs, flowers and even a piece of complimentary art. It's the perfect way to share your personality as you greet neighbors and guests walking by your house, or coming to visit you.
From yesterday's trellis with vines that might include flowers, we're seeing more and more green walls. This particular wall is so much nicer with the wonderful variation in colors from pale lavender, to deep rose color. Notice the height of the wall, as it's perfect if you're in need of some privacy from neighbors or a busy street.
Most houses have a deck, patio and/or porch. They all serve a function from catching a cool breeze on a hot night, to cooking dinner on the grill. As homeowners are spending more time at home, they're also spending more time outdoors and everyone is starting to decorate their outdoor living spaces. This porch is a perfect example with chairs, a table and wonderful green vines with flowers to provide a warm, relaxing setting.
Outdoor Decorating Ideas Using Lighting
While lighting is functional, it can also be beautiful. This lovely combination ceiling fan and light from Horchow.com, illustrates that with a little planning, you can decorate at the same time you're solving a problem like enough light to step safely out onto this porch at night.
Outdoor decorating ideas should include features that make your home safe, as well as beautiful. Here is an example of outdoor lighting along a walkway, that's absolutely gorgeous to look at. Where in years past you had the expense of running electrical wiring underground, there are now many lights that are solar powered.