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Easy Ways to Refresh Your Outdoor Space for Summer

July 05, 2022
Outdoor living at Summerset at New Haven by Brookfield Residential in Ontario Ranch, CA 1189

Ahh summer. It’s one of the best times of the year to create lifelong memories. The days are long and more hours of sunshine means more time can be spent outside. Whether you’re lounging poolside, dining al fresco, or sipping cocktails by the firepit, summertime is all about outdoor living.

After cold winter months have kept us inside, you may find your outdoor space needs some attention once you venture back out. While HGTV may have you dreaming of a full outdoor remodel, your budget may not agree. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy (and affordable!) ways to refresh your outdoor space for summer.

Master suite deck at Brighton at Five Knolls by Brookfield Residential in Santa Clarita, CA

1. Refresh your cushions

The easiest way to make your outdoor furniture look new again is to make the cushions look new. If your cushions have been outside for a few years, chances are they’re looking a little worn and torn.

You don’t need to start from scratch! Depending on the state of your cushions, you may be able to simply power wash and spot clean them to give them new life. If they’re a little more tired, try outdoor cushion covers. They simply slip over your existing cushions allowing you to play with bold colors and fun patterns to capture the effortless vibe of the season.

For a quick fix, add in just a few new pillows instead of replacing them all. They’ll make your space feel instantly fresh without breaking the bank.

Brookfield Residential Home featuring an indoor outdoor dining patio in Southern California

2. Get creative with your planters

An outdoor space isn’t complete without plants. If you’ve neglected to include them previously because your thumb isn’t green, there are plenty of plants that are nearly impossible to kill. Arrange them to create the feeling of walls for a “room” feeling or accessorize throughout with small succulents.

Potted plants, especially narrow, tall sizes with a small footprint, bring big style while grouping different sizes and heights creates a layering effect that feels inviting and relaxed.

If you already have potted plants, change them up. Rearrange them into new locations or change their containers. Try painting the existing pots or find a few inexpensive options to bring in. Almost anything can work to hold your plants – beach buckets, wooden trays, even baskets. Find a creative container that fits with your theme and have fun!

Outdoor space with seating and string lights at Shutters at Edenglen by Brookfield Residential in Ontario Ranch, CA

3. Brighten it up with lights

Just because the sun has set doesn’t mean the party needs to end. Adding lights gives the space an instant glow and will make your outdoor space a spot you’ll want to hang out in well into the night.

Depending how exposed your outdoor space is, you can get really creative with your lighting. String lights are a great way to add a “ceiling” to help define the space and make it feel more like an indoor room.

Make it romantic or moody with candles. Double down and plan for uninvited guests like mosquitos by using citronella candles to keep them away. Place your candles in hurricane lanterns so they stay lit even if it becomes breezy. Keep it visually interesting by adding lanterns in a variety of heights throughout the space.

Outdoor seating area with a tv in a Brookfield Residential home

4. Change your outdoor rug

Just as they do indoors, rugs can have a big impact on your outdoor living area. If that’s the only change you make, your space will feel distinctly different from previous summers. Outdoor rugs are an easy way to bring in your favorite colors and set the overall tone of the space.

Indoor rugs can be notoriously expensive. Fortunately, that’s not the case with outdoor rugs – the materials they’re made from allow them to be much cheaper. If you’re looking for something even more budget friendly, try painting your existing rug. You can brush or spray paint a border or other pattern to make a bold statement.

Backyard at Residence 2 at Juniper at Spencer's Crossing by Brookfield Residential in Murrieta, CA

5. Rearrange your furniture

Your outdoor area should have spaces with purpose. The goal is to create settings that are distinct, but unified. Change up your existing layout to create zones – somewhere to eat, somewhere to relax, somewhere to play.

A new summer season is the perfect time to rethink your overall layout. Create an outdoor floor plan to map out how you want the space to look, feel, and flow. Find the quiet corner to create an area of retreat. Rearrange the seating to make it more inviting for guests. A few simple moves can change the entire flow.

Firepit and string lights in the back yard of Residence 1 at Haciendas by Brookfield Residential in Chula Vista, CA

6. Add in some fun

No matter the age of your guests, everyone always seems ready for outdoor games. Lawn games like cornhole, giant connect four, ladder ball, and giant Jenga are great ways to spark some friendly competition and camaraderie. 

Music is the backbone of any fun gathering so set the tone with some tunes outside! There are lots of great outdoor speaker options that are waterproof, blend into the scenery, or both.

A firepit is a relatively affordable way to amp up the style, warmth, and coziness of your outdoor space. It’s the perfect setting for roasting s’mores, heartfelt conversations, and creating lasting memories with friends and family.

Friends enjoying food and drinks on a patio in Easton Park by Brookfield Residential in Austin TX

With a few little touches, you can easily refresh your outdoor space for summer so be prepared to become the designated home for all the outdoor parties. When you’re ready to find the perfect home for hosting the best outdoor party on the block, Brookfield Residential is ready to help. We’ll be expecting you!