There’s no better way to spend the evening than sitting on the patio watching the sun go down. And since we’ve moved into our house, I have been looking forward to decorating our patio area so we can enjoy being outside in the backyard! However, the more I looked into patio furniture and outdoor decor, I realized how expensive it can be. So, I have been determined to create a gorgeous patio without spending a fortune. So, here’s my tips for How to Decorate Your Patio on a Budget
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Find an affordable conversation set
I wanted us to have a really comfortable patio set that we would enjoy as we spend more of our time outside, but we also wanted one that wouldn’t break the bank. I searched for weeks looking for a great set, and we found our Better Homes and Garden set at Wal-Mart. I looked at Wayfair, Home Depot, Lowes, and Target. Wal-Mart’s price point won out, and we got our set for a little under 600 bucks without tax. I wanted it to be super comfy, and I wanted the cushions to feel plush. I feel like this set is a really great value, plus I love the blue color. It’s a great neutral, but will still look vibrant with the right colors (we’ll get to that!).
You guys know by now that throw pillows are my go-to for cozying up a space. I also talk about decorating with throw pillows in this post. I am obsessed with these throw pillows I picked up at Michael’s! I love the palm leaf print, mixed with the bright pineapple and flamingo! I was going for a really fun, tropical vibe, when I came across these and had to snag them! The best part? They were only $15 each! In my opinion, the pillows totally bring the room together. One thing I also love, is that all of these pillows are actually really soft. They aren’t too rough or slick the way some outdoor pillows are, which makes them a lot more comfortable. Some of my other favorite places for throw pillows are TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshall’s, of course. Kirkland’s and Target area also great for buying affordable home decor.
Fill in with Accents
Once you get your furniture and your throw pillows in place, it’s time to fill in with nice accents. I picked up this green garden stool from Michael’s on sale, and I love the pop of color it adds. You can also add in some string lights. Even though you can’t really see them here, they really make the space super charming and cute at night. You can get some nice accent pieces to fill in your table, like pretty trays. They can have a more practical use, like citronella candles to keep bugs away.
Add Some Greenery
Plants and flowers are a great way to fill in those awkward spaces and add some color to your patio space. All the pretty flowers is the best part of the spring and summer anyway, right? Colorful flower pots are a great way to add an extra detail to your plants. You can add in hanging baskets of bright colors or create some pots with different kinds of plants in them. This is also a great way to draw your eye up, and make your porch ceiling look taller. Another idea is to create a small herb garden for your space. There are a lot of ways to add greenery without breaking the bank. If you’re having a party, you can always add a pretty bouquet to the coffee table like I did here to add a fresh, colorful detail. If you live in the South like I do, you know mosquitos can be really bad in the summertime. Plant a mixed pot of citronella, lemongrass, and lemon thyme to help keep the bugs down. It looks really pretty and green, plus it smells great.
And Now You’re Ready to Entertain
Once you get all the decor in place, it’s time for the party. I love using melamine serving ware for entertaining. I found these really cute pieces with flamingos and pineapples at TJ Maxx, and they are so pretty. I love melamine for using outdoors, because if you drop it, it won’t break. Plus, you can put it in the dishwasher, which makes clean up super simple. You can create a really fun set up by serving snacks on the coffee table, and displaying your beverages on a nice tray, or you can get one of these really cute beverage coolers like this one. I am dying to get one of these for summer, but I just haven’t added it in yet.
All the items featured in this post are in-store only, unfortunately. However, I’ve found some similar items that are in the same price range.