Garden Makeover Ideas to Refresh Your Outdoor Space

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Beyond the larger tasks of leveling your deck with today’s trends or give life to your above ground pool design, sometimes you just want to make a quick and easy change that has a big impact on your outdoor decor. We called on the experts to ask how they would refresh an outdoor space. In the end, it only takes a hot second to go from dull to fabulous.

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Here are eight garden makeover ideas to refresh your outdoor space.

1. Never underestimate the power of the plant

Here's a low-maintenance green option that you don't need to tend to.

You can instantly change the mood by adding more greenery to your outdoor space like these Sunnyglade Artificial Boxwood Panels. These nifty problem solvers are also great for hiding unwanted items (pointing directly at you, chain-link fences, pool filters, or nosy neighbors).

Think hanging planters, overflowing pots and creeping plant walls with vines. “Greenery adds texture and helps your space come alive,” says Kristian Lazzaro, At Home’s lifestyle and trend manager, noting that even faux plants, such as boxwood privacy walls, make also work.

“While refreshing your outdoor space, don’t forget potted greens or blooming flowers,” adds Stephanie Sarris, director of Bellehaven Designs Inc. in Hinsdale, Illinois.

Keep your container pots linked (all terracotta or all concrete) for a coordinated look. “One year I used terra cotta pots and just painted the edges bright greens and blues,” Sarris said.

Group plants in clusters to enhance the ambiance of a hidden room in a garden.

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2. Give your outdoor pillows a new perspective with a simple wardrobe change

With outdoor fabric spray paint, you can change your color combinations with the seasons.

For quick and easy backyard makeover ideas, upgrade your sofa and pillowcases.

“Work with your local upholstery store to choose a new outdoor fabric (Sunbrella and Perennials are two big brands in this area) and ask them to salvage your existing inserts,” says Sarris, explaining that the inserts are usually the most expensive part of outdoor cushions. new covers shouldn’t break the bank.

Patio Tip: If the inserts are a bit droopy, wrap them in fresh outdoor moss to give them a fluffy look.

“A monochromatic color palette will make the space feel bigger and more cohesive. Add dimension without clutter by layering accent pieces in different shades,” adds Lazzaro.

Don’t want to commit to the cost of a new fabric? Change up your color combinations by spraying the pillows with an outdoor fabric spray paint like Rust-oleum Outdoor Fabric Spray Paint.

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3. Changing the flow of your garden is another easy way to refresh the space

Make your outdoor space more multifunctional than ever.

“Divide your [space] in different areas to make it bigger and more useful,” says Lazzaro.

When it comes to backyard makeover ideas, he suggests creating a lounge area with comfortable low seating for relaxed conversation, placing a dining area, like the Better Homes & Gardens Ellington Outdoor Dining Set the other side for summer barbecues and weekend brunch, and maintain an open space in the middle to encourage circulation to and from the rest of the yard.

And using all your space is a game changer. Set up a cozy seating area furthest from your home to draw people in, he continues.

“Keep your dining area close to the kitchen to reduce back and forth. Use outdoor rugs and lighting to create defined areas that really feel distinct in the large space,” says Lazzaro.

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4. Embrace underutilized garden corners to create a new scenario for your garden

Your garden deserves a designated place for visitors to relax.

Garden benches are all the rage, with weatherproof options like the Grand Patio Outdoor Bench in stock and ready to ship.

“Use your landscape to create little conversational retreats,” adds Lazzaro. “Place a bench in a large flowerbed or a bistro under tall trees. Use floor lighting in soft colors to highlight these hiding places.

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5. Enhance your outdoor space with an outdoor fireplace

Summer campfires just got a whole lot better with the BioLite Outdoor Smokeless Wood and Charcoal Fire Pit and Grill.

Your outdoor space is an extension of your home, serving as a living room, dining room, and year-round meeting place for conversation and closeness with friends and family.

If your space is a little chilly, one backyard makeover idea suggested by Lazzaro is to bring in some warmth (literally) and extend your outdoor living season by adding a fire pit, like the BioLite Fire Pit, or a other heating element as a patio heater.

You’ll have a fire-lit ambiance every night and a warm, cozy retreat in the cooler months.

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6. Use dishes and cups that won’t break if dropped

Get plates and bowls that can withstand even the most rowdy barbecues.

Save the paper plates for picnics and instead upgrade your outdoor dining with shatterproof melamine dinnerware that’s all style, stress-free, like the Zak Designs Medallion dinnerware collection.

This not only adds a more upscale approach to al fresco dining, but you can also change the mood and freshen up your table on a whim.

Also look at PVC placemats which give a fun look that resembles raffia or silk but with durability for outdoor dining.

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7. Clean your patio furniture

With a pressure washer, you can get rid of years of dirt and grime.

Pressure washing your patio furniture with a pressure washer like the Wholesun Electric Pressure Washer can clean your outdoor seats and tables wellaccording to Sarris.

Check with the manufacturer if it is approved if you are unsure of your specific type of furniture.

Once you’ve removed the dirt and grime, consider refreshing the iron and wicker furniture by painting it with a pop of color like island blue, red or even a warm green.

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8. Try an outdoor rug

A rug has the potential to give your outdoor space a facelift.

There’s no easier way to change the mood of an outdoor space than with a rug like this Better Homes & Gardens Black and White Striped Outdoor Rug.

Perfect for anchoring your seating arrangement, a simple floor covering can change the tempo of the space from vibrant to cold (or vice versa) faster than you can say “refresh.”

Choose between synthetic (polypropylene) and natural (sisal, hemp and seagrass), each with their own benefits for fight the elements.

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