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1. BRUSH UP

If your out­door set­ting has seen bet­ter days, Bun­nings out­door liv­ing buyer Ben Shan­ley sug­gests giv­ing it a makeover with a coat of paint and some new ac­ces­sories.

“Giv­ing tired fur­ni­ture a fresh coat of paint can be a fun and af­ford­able DIY project that will re­vamp your out­door en­ter­tain­ing space,” he says.

2. JUST ADD GREEN­ERY

Pot­ted plants are an­other easy up­date that can make a big dif­fer­ence to any out­door space, ac­cord­ing to land­scape de­signer Ascher Lind­say, of SolS­capes.

“Adding pot plants in dead spa­ces can soften an area and add green­ery to your gar­den and court­yards in­stantly,” she says.

3. OUTER SPA­CES

Scott Gre­gory, Aus­tralian Out­door Liv­ing’s WA gen­eral man­ager, rec­om­mends in­stalling out­door blinds — not only to trans­form the look and feel of an al­fresco area, but also to cre­ate the ef­fect of an ad­di­tional liv­ing space. “Adding out­door blinds to an ex­ist­ing per­gola or pa­tio area can ex­tend a liv­ing space,” he says.

4. PLAY TIME

Got an un­used area in your back­yard? Why not turn it into a sim­ple play area for the kids.

“Try build­ing a small sand­pit in an un­used cor­ner of the gar­den,” Ms Lind­say sug­gests.

5. FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES

Just as they do in­side the home, ac­ces­sories can work won­ders in al­fresco ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to Ms Lind­say. “Out­door cush­ions and soft fur­nish­ings are the fin­ish­ing touches that make all the dif­fer­ence,” she says.

6. VER­TI­CAL GAR­DENS

“A ver­ti­cal gar­den is a great way to trans­form a dull wall into a bright, grow­ing space,” Mr Shan­ley says.

“In­stalling a ver­ti­cal gar­den is made easy with ver­ti­cal gar­den kits.”

Pic­ture: GlobeWest

A coat of paint and pot­ted plants can fix a dull out­door space.

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