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