Top 10 tips on how to refresh your outdoor space this summer
Balmy nights, fruity cocktails, the sweet smell of a BBQ…are you getting summer vibes? Because we sure are! From backyard pool parties to rooftop soirees, there is just something about the laid-back vibes of summer entertaining that we love. Get inspired by Nicheliving’s top 10 tips on how to refresh your outdoor space this summer and prepare for a season of socialising.
Whether you live in an apartment, have a small alfresco area or a nice large backyard, these top tips on how to refresh your outdoor space and bring your alfresco to life is the perfect guide to set up your home to host the perfect summer gathering.
- Add a splash of colour
If you don’t know where to start when revamping your outdoor space, we recommend choosing a colour palette and sticking to it. The easiest way to make any space stand out is to add a splash of colour with multiple ways of incorporating bright hues into your outdoor space without. There are multiple ways you can bring colour into your space without using paint, we recommend colourful cushions, lush flowers in pretty planters or jazz up your outdoor table with some nice outdoor placemats to add a pop of colour.
- Invest in some new plants
If you’re a regular visitor to our blog page then you would know, we are big fans of adding a touch of greenery to your home. Pop them in colourful pots, in the middle of the table or on a range of stands that differ in heights to create levels. Our favourites outdoor plants include monstera, snake plants (also known as mother in laws tongue) or cactuses are also a great option of they are more your style. If you’re not much of a green thumb we recommend sticking to potted plants or a herb garden and investing in low maintenance plants like ferns and palms.
- Get Creative with accessories
Don’t limit your creativity when choosing accessories for your outdoor entertaining space. Bring the indoors outside by adding a range of large rugs to create a comfortable, outdoor retreat. We love the idea of personalised door mats with cute, welcoming quotes, large lanterns, water features and garden ornaments. Check out Temple and Websters current range for some inspiration.
- Light it up
Whether you have a sprawling backyard or a narrow apartment overlook, adding an extra little bit of light to your outdoor space can create an unbelievable ambience. Create an unbelievable ambience by hanging festoon style lighting from your patio, roof or drape around your balcony. An alternative idea to festoon lighting is fairy lights, these are much smaller and can make your entertaining space seem cosy and intimate. Check out Bunnings extensive range of party lights here.
- Make your porch or deck floors look fab
Have you given your outdoor flooring some love lately? With summer here, now is the time to revitalise your floors. If you have bricks or tiles in your outdoor space, we recommend hiring or purchasing a high-pressure hose and giving your tiles a good clean. If your space has a deck, we recommend using a high grade timber polish and follow these 3 easy steps to get your deck looking shiny and new.
- Upgrade your outdoor furniture
Is your outdoor furniture looking a bit tired and work out? Don’t throw your set away or pop it on the verge for your next verge collection, start by giving them a good scrub, upcycle your furniture with a fresh coat of paint or refresh the upholstery of your outdoor seating. If you have the budget, think about making a statement with some brand-new outdoor furniture. It’s also important to have an extra set of chairs as back up as there is nothing worse than a lack of seating at an outdoor gathering.
- Make it breezy
There is nothing worse than entertaining guests in the peak of summer with no sea breeze, high temperatures and humid air. Make your space breezy by adding a ceiling or wall fan, this is a great way to add comfort and décor to your outside space. This can be a multipurpose add on as majority of fans also come equipped with lights so you can add some additional light to your outdoor space.
- Add some tranquil touches
Your backyard in summer doesn’t have to be centred around entertaining, you can also add some tranquil touches to make your outdoor space a peaceful sanctuary for you to chill out during the day. Create a calm feeling to your outdoor space but adding swinging chairs, a luscious day bed or invest in a hammock. Not only are these options great for you but you will find your guests gravitating towards.
- Add some glow (and keep the bugs out!)
Once you have added your lighting (see step 4), it’s also important to add a little bit of extra “glow” to your backyard, especially when you are hosting a gathering. Outdoor candles are always a great option, pop them in a lantern or invest in a range of different size hurricanes (also known as candle holders). It’s also crucial during the summer months to have a range of incenses and bug protectors in your outdoor space to keep the creepy crawlies and flies away from your guests.
- Update your BBQ
Does your BBQ sit there all year round, collecting dust and cobwebs only to be used during the warmer months? Well if the answer is yes, then this is the season to update your BBQ and host the best summer feast of the season. A new BBQ doesn’t have to be an expensive investment, Bunnings have some great options starting from as little as $99.