Spring is finally here, and with it comes the desire to spend more time outdoors. This is especially true if you found yourself cooped up inside all winter; now’s a great time to get outside and take advantage of the sunshine and warm temperature to the fullest extent.
But before you can truly enjoy the great outdoors in all of its glory, your yard, front porch and patio deserve some attention. It was a long winter, and there’s no better time than now to start spring cleaning your home from the inside out. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can get out there, sit in your favorite patio chair and let the cool breeze grace your face.
Your outdoor living space, whether on your front porch or back patio, is a reflection of you and of the inside of your home. Here are a few suggestions for spring cleaning your outdoor space:
1. Give the yard some TLC
Before considering your options for redecorating or redesigning the front porch or patio, take a look around the yard. Take care of those lingering leaves, cut the grass and get the dirt and mulch ready for new bushes and blossoms.
This is the perfect foundational step to revamping your outdoor space. With a clean slate, you may feel more confident to enhance the rest of your living space.
2. Reassess your current front porch and patio set up
Now that you’re ready to make improvements to the entertainment areas, it’s important to decide whether you’ll work with your existing theme or start from scratch. If you have seating in the front, you may find it easier to change things up, as it’s likely a smaller space. If you’re spring cleaning a large back patio, you may decide to keep the old theme and simply add new decorative elements over time. As you start to move all the furniture and accessories from the shed or garage back onto the porch and patio, you’ll get a better sense of how you feel about your current setup and what you would like to add to your collection.
3. Revamp with new and improved outdoor furniture
If your patio furniture seems outdated, treat yourself to a new set. Spring cleaning doesn’t always have to involve actual cleaning; sometimes it means revamping with different statement pieces and accessories! Take time to reassess your needs in terms of seating, entertainment options, decor and accessories and other small details that are necessary to complete the space. Perhaps this year you want to improve the comfort level around your patio — that could mean investing in an area rug and outdoor sectional, complete with outdoor throw pillows and blankets.
4. Maintain your outdoor space on a regular basis
Don’t let all of the efforts you put into spring cleaning go to waste. Make it a point to clean your outdoor living space regularly so you can enjoy it just as much on the last day of summer as you did on the first day of spring.
5. Call a personal decorator from Artistry Home/DDI to get started
Spring has sprung and you should spend as much time outside as possible. If you’re ready to wile away the days in your backyard for the foreseeable future but you want to make sure it’s styled in a way that looks great and exudes the ultimate comfort, call a personal decorator from Artistry Home/DDI.
One of our interior design experts will come to your house to provide a free consultation. First, he or she will assess the outdoor living space you want to revamp. From there, your personal decorator will take time to get to know you and your style preferences to develop a strong game plan for a theme and decor choices. Next, you’ll share your ultimate wants, needs and goals so your consultant knows exactly what you’re looking for. After this initial consultation and regular interaction throughout the project, you can feel confident that your personal decorator will create the outdoor living space of your dreams in no time.