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Finishing Touches for your Outdoor Living Space

If you are avoiding completing your landscape projects, but you still want to enjoy the luxury of a well-planned outdoor living space, it might be time to add some finishing touches that are sure to please. Here are a few ways to customize and curate a fabulous area that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

Finishing Touches for Your Outdoor Living Space

1. Spruce Things up With Planters

Planters, as well as container gardens, make a natural, yet visually-appealing addition to your outdoor space. You just need to be more creative than simply sticking with tried-and-true clay pots.

Instead, choose curvy urns, cylindrical glass and ceramic vases, and other unique and colorful containers to add spice to your patio. If the weather is appropriate, you can even choose oversized planters to house banana or palm trees that flourish in warmer climates.

You can then add tall grasses that dance in the breeze, a climbing grapevine, or colorful, bright-hued geraniums to give the area a spot of color. Just choose vegetation that speaks to you and really makes the space your own.

2. Add Some Colorful Plants

Sometimes a few plants can make your outdoor space more inviting and colorful. You can add flowers that match any decorations and furniture in your backyard. Consider researching what kinds of plants will grow best in your climate. If you want to add plants with more neutral colors, you should look for some succulent plants for your yard. Just make that your plants are in an area with plenty of sunlight so that they can last for a long time.

3. Care for Your Trees

In order to make sure your yard is a safe place to spend time in, trim your trees regularly to prevent branches from falling. Sometimes tree branches will weaken over time and may fall during harsh weather conditions. Some trees will need to be trimmed more often than others. Research the trees in your yard so that you know exactly when they require extra care.

4. Skirt the Deck With Lattice Work

Did you use lattice screening to enclose the area below your deck? If not, you should definitely give it a try. It is lovely to look at, yet durable and affordable.

If you have had lattice work beneath your patio for a while, you may need to repair or replace it after a few years. The wood may rot or begin to deteriorate after some time, staples may rust and detach, and slats could get loose.

You have a few options. You can either renovate this existing latticework or change over to the new molded/press type made from plastic. The only issue is these may warp in direct sunlight.

Vinyl is another option, though it can get pricy. However, it does not warp or rot, and it never needs to be stained or painted.

5. Get Comfortable and Cozy With Rugs

The best outdoor rugs are specially made to hold up to the elements like wind, rain, heat, and cold, but are still just as snuggly under your bare feet.

You can easily match them to your patio furniture to give your back deck a comfortable living room aesthetic. Toss in some vivid throw pillows and cushions, and you will really set the mood!

Try a variety of rugs beneath your grill, fire pit, and table set to differentiate each space.

In conclusion, adding these finishing touches will allow you to create an outdoor living space defined by you and your personal style. Get started with these tips today.


Author Bio:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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