HGTV’s Breegan Jane shares tips for spicing up your outdoor space
Summer is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to prepare your garden for the barbecue. But you may not have a lot of time or money to get help from a designer. Luckily, we’ve done it for you.
HGTV Star Bregan Jane has more than 137,000 Instagram Followers and nearly 67,000 on ICT Tac who look to her for design inspiration. The Los Angeles-based designer, lifestyle expert and versatile ray of sunshine believes that less is more. Clean, modern lines and neutral colors are part of its signature style. Breegan spoke exclusively with The root and shared some easy ways to refresh your outdoor space in time for summer.
If you’re on a budget, Breegan suggests stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls to find name-brand pieces at affordable prices. “The inventory is constantly changing, so it’s like a treasure hunt every time,” she says. Adding accessories like lanterns can be a simple way to make a statement.
If you can’t afford all the new furniture, Jane says layered accent pillows and faux plants are a great way to update the look of your outdoor space. “Pillows are like the makeup of your outdoor space. A little blush and mascara can go a long way,” she says. When it comes to patterns and colors, she says burnt orange is where “Mistake a pretty planter for a faux plant, and you’ve just brightened up your entire space,” she added.
And Jane says it’s okay to mix artificial and live plants if you don’t have a green thumb. “You may not want to worry about anything else. My space is lived in and comfortable. It’s not there to add more work to my life. So for me, give me fake and real,” she said.
If your space is small, Jane says color is your friend. “Choose a bright, vibrant color and use it throughout the space with accents. It will add depth and a dynamic pop, which I think some people are afraid to do in small spaces,” she said “Or you can stick with one tone and layer it.“Adding an outdoor rug is one of her favorite ways to spice up a small space. “I feel like an outdoor rug anchors a smaller space and helps separate certain areas. Even though it’s just a small rug with a small table and chair , it will help make the whole space look bigger because you have visually separated something.
For those who prefer timeless to trendy, Jane says texturneutrals are everything. “They’re a throwback to something that’s a classic. Anytime you can layer things up and add these neutral color palettes, you get this island vibe that feels like you’ve traveled to Morocco or India or Bali,” she says. “And because it’s borrowed from a classic style we all know and associate with holiday vibes, it’s not necessarily a trend that comes and goes.”
Jane says baskets are her favorite way to keep things organized. “I love baskets because they’re so multifunctional. They always add a design element to your space, where it’s almost artistic in a corner. But they also hide my dumbbells and things I don’t try to show off,” she says. And when it comes to the baskets you choose for your space, Jane says don’t be afraid to get creative with style and color. “Experiment with woven baskets or baskets with a lid,” she said. “Relying on the colors of natural fibers is great. But you can also get different patterns in the same color tone variation. It can add more to your space. You don’t want them to match, you just want them to leave.