Summer is just around the corner and with it comes long, balmy evenings – perfect for outdoor entertaining.
With just a few weeks left until the start of the summer holidays, now may be a good time to look at sprucing up your outdoor entertainment area! There are a number of ways to liven up an outdoor living space which may have seen a bit of battering and neglect during the winter – just one of these ways is with paint.
You really don’t need to spend a fortune on updating this area – but getting a little creative with paint can go a long way in bringing a tired deck or furniture back to life.
Here are a few simple hacks to preparing your outdoor entertainment area for summer…
1. Go for solids
When it comes to livening up a weathered deck or ceiling, there’s very little a fresh, new coat of paint cannot fix! Unless of course your deck or ceiling has holes or requires further repairs, a solid coat of paint is sure to resurrect a faded deck or ceiling.
Try and stick to a solid, matte colour for both the deck and the ceiling to create a warm and inviting feel, while adding a bit of character to your entertainment area. If you’re feeling simple, go with white, dark grey or a deep brown, if you’re feeling adventurous- pastel blue, yellow and light pink are fresh and trending colours at the moment!
2. Sage is all the rage
If you’re looking to create a tranquil and laidback feel to your outdoor space, the colour sage exudes an understated, sophisticated feel. Additionally, sage pairs well with natural wood in furniture and the surrounding environment to create an earthy vibe to your entertainment area.
3. Add a low-maintenance rug
The ultimate low-maintenance rug? Paint it on! Add dimension and texture to your deck area by painting a solid block of colour to resemble a rug. It’s a great way to create contrast. Place your dining table over the painted rug, tying your outdoor entertainment area together perfectly.
A fun and bold statement to make is by adding geometric pattern and texture to your deck with paint. Perhaps a little more on the eccentric side, but if you’re looking to mix things up a little – go bold with bright, colourful patterns on your deck flooring or even on an accent wall.
5. Jazz up your doors
A simple yet effective way to jazz up an area of your home is by re-painting a feature door. Up-paint your front or back door in a bold, striking colour which will create contrast and interest. Popular colours to paint main entrance doors include solid black, dark grey, red and deep blue – tie it all together with gold finishes!
If there’s anything that can really make a garden or outdoor area look ‘tired’, it’s your property wall or fence. A fresh lick of paint or varnish will do wonders for bringing it back to life and livening up your outdoor living space.
Alternatively, add a bold and intricate pattern in the form of a wall mural to create an accent wall in this area!
Don’t be afraid to mix and match
While bold, solid colours do wonders for brightening up an outdoor area, don’t be afraid to use more than one colour when up-painting your deck or patio. This way you can have more than a little fun when incorporating your décor. Use colours that complement each other or even the same colour but in a different shade. Outdoor colours that are ideal include blue and white, grey and yellow, greens and browns and even red and blue.
Sometimes all a certain area in your home needs is a little bit of colour. Livening up your outdoor entertainment space doesn’t have to blow your budget – keep it simple and start with a fresh coat of paint, then you can build your décor and furniture from there!