The cheapest way to refresh your patio is with suds, a scrubbing brush and a lot of elbow grease. Outdoor furniture is not easy to keep clean It has to withstand all kinds of weather conditions, bird droppings, mold and grime. Giving your patio and furniture a top to toe spring clean will work wonders. Wash down the patio, furniture and exterior windows. Get into all the nooks and crannies where debris and spiders lurk. Toss any damaged items such as broken plant pots or cushions that are beyond saving.
REASSESS YOUR PLANTINGS
Pots overflowing with flowers add life, color and energy to any space. Stand back and take a good look at your pots. Are they doing justice to the plants and flowers you want to put in them? Do you have lots of small pots? Simpler, larger pots with clean lines can look less fussy and are easier to look after. Decide whether you need new containers before heading to the garden center. The planters you choose will determine the style of the plant you choose. For a more contemporary look, you may find that greenery and shrubbery work better and last longer than annuals.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
Mirrors give an illusion of space and add another dimension to your patio. You can hang a mirror in a frame, as long as it is weatherproof, or frame a piece of mirrored glass behind plants.
SOFT AROUND THE EDGES
Sharp corners are tricky to decorate. You can apply Feng Shui principles to your patio in the same way you do in your home. Add tall potted plants to corners to add height and soften the angles. Topiaries and shrubs can also work well.
CHOOSE A NEW COLOR SCHEME
Changing up your color scheme will breathe new life into your patio space. Choose a scheme and stick with it throughout your accessories and plants. Your patio will look polished and put together if the same colors are reflected in your table setting, your cushions and your plants. But then you can also never go wrong with adding a splash of vibrant pink bougainvillea.
ROLL OUT A RUG
To make your patio look more like an outdoor room, you need to define the space and what better way to do that than with an outdoor rug. Obviously if you live in a rainy climate this may not be practical, but it is definitely possible in sunny Southern California. Make sure the rug is UV resistant or it will fade in a few weeks. You can use a large rug under your outdoor dining area or a smaller one to define a couch seating area.