9 Ways to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space for Spring

Give your outdoor space the TLC it needs with these splashy spring updates.

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Your outdoor space has likely been in a state of hibernation since last year, overcome with mountains of leaves, spider webs and now, pollen. With outdoor parties and lounging on the horizon, it's time to get our outdoor spaces in tip-top shape. Together, shall we?

Maybe your deck isn't the definition of "outdoor oasis." That's OK! There are simple things you can do to make it feel that way no matter what your backdrop is. A rug here, some potted florals there; you'll be surprised at how quickly your outdoor space will take shape.

Take a look a these 9 quick, easy and budget-friendly updates you can make this weekend. Then, start lounging.

Re-Paint Your Front Door

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Give your home instant curb appeal by simply updating your front door with a fresh coat of paint. Plus, did you know that sun and heat can warp and crack your wood door's surface over time? Re-painting your door will also help seal the wood and protect it from the elements. Pretty and functional; that's a win, win.

12 Bold, Inviting Paint Colors for Your Front Door

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Paint It ... Aqua

If there was ever a color that seems to work well anywhere, it's aqua. This pale hue exudes a cool, collected vibe we love all year-round.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Aquatint (SW 6936)

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Paint It ... Pink

Far from babyish, this honeysuckle-pink door commands attention in the most sophisticated way possible.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Eros Pink (SW 6860)

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Paint It ... Kiwi

Clean, simple and happy is how we’d describe this spring-inspired door painted in a perfect shade of mint green.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Kiwi (SW 6737)

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Paint It ... Cobalt

This entry feels fresh and nautically-inspired thanks to the bold, blue hue on the door and a variety of aqua and orange accessories.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Regatta (SW 6517)

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Paint It ... Coral

Nothing feels more appropriately spring than a door covered in a cool shade of coral. Blooming azaleas add a perfect finishing touch to pull out the shade of pink.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Dishy Coral (SW 6598)

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Paint It ... Powder Blue

Some entryways just feel a bit glamorous, and this one is perfectly accented with soft gray statuary and pale green silver dollar eucalyptus.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Languid Blue (SW 6226)

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Paint It ... White

This crisp, white door helps to create a serene, tone-on-tone entryway that's perfect January through December.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Extra White (SW 7006)

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Paint It ... Yellow

Yellows are notoriously tricky because they can often come across juvenile. But this door hue is terrifically gorgeous against shades of gray and a midcentury modern backdrop.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Lemon Twist (SW 6909)

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Paint It ... Turquoise

This door in a bold turquoise hue feels like it's straight from Palms Springs. (And we love it.)
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Splashy (SW 6942)

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Paint It ... Red

Everyone loves a bright red door, and this one is particularly striking when paired with turquoise accents.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Heartthrob (SW 6866)

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Paint It ... Black

This entryway is classic yet modern thanks to the black door and edgy, sophisticated outdoor accents.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black (SW 6258)

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Paint It ... Hunter Green

The strong topiary profile is set off by the similar color tone of the deep green door color.
Get the Look: Sherwin-Williams Evergreens (SW 6447)

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Add in Mix-and-Match Seating

Cozy Outdoor Seating Area

Cozy Outdoor Seating Area

If your outdoor space has integrated bench seating, maximize its use with a collection of bistro tables and mismatched seating surrounding it. The same versatile elements used throughout the area were incorporated here to tie the spaces together visually.

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Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Cozy up your outdoor space with mismatched seating that can be moved in an instant. Garden stools and weather-friendly woven chairs are perfect for entertaining large groups. And when it's just you? The garden stools double as ottomans, side tables and plant stands.

A Bistro-Inspired Party Deck

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Spring-Inspired Outdoor Dining

Arranged with a combination of lounge seating and formal dining, this narrow side deck was transformed to accommodate both entertaining and relaxing alfresco just in time for spring.

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Utilize Zones

Break your outdoor space down into defined zones. Here, the central area is more casual and loungey, while the back is designated for a more formal sit-down meal. Three feet of space between the house and the central area rug allows for plenty of traffic in and out of the space.

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Retro Accents

To honor the midcentury modern architecture of this 1960s home, the designated formal dining spot was decorating in spring tones with sleek, contemporary lines and lush faux shrubs. The dining area is now packed with color, charm and pattern with the addition of an aqua rug, teak table and Palm Springs-inspired arm chairs.

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Casual Table Settings

Anytime you're casually entertaining guests outdoors, it's wise to take the hosting pressure off yourself by setting the table up grab-and-go style. This simply means adding stacks of plates to the table, along with a pitcher and containers of fresh ingredients to grab once the grill is fired up.

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Layers of Color

One of the quickest ways to transform a humdrum outdoor space is with color. The dining area of the side deck is covered with various shades of aqua and mint, from the rug and mismatched stools to the tabletop decor.

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Swanky Style

An excellent way to add a low-maintenance and swanky 1960s TV set look to your space is with faux shrubs and mass-produced elements. These woven chairs are stackable, easy to wash, and since the shrubs are artificial, they don't require any care whatsoever.

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Stagger Heights

When arranging container plants and bushes around your outdoor space, add depth and visual interest by staggering and arranging the containers with a variation in height. This will keep the look more collected and avoid a flat end result.

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DIY Serving Space

Add buffet-style entertaining to your outdoor space with a repurposed dresser turned into a clever sideboard. This old wooden dresser was updated with mint paint, and the mirror was swapped with pegboard to keep hosting essentials within arm's reach. Make Your Own >>

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Container Plants

A quick way to add lots of life to your deck is with a grouping of potted plants. These azaleas are gathered in different areas of the deck to add lots of color and texture with springtime flair.

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Cozy Seating

If your outdoor space has integrated bench seating, maximize its use with a collection of bistro tables and mismatched seating around. The same versatile elements used throughout the area were incorporated here to tie the spaces together visually.

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Fence Update

Add an artistic focal point outdoors with a graphic fence treatment. This classic, midcentury pattern was made with a printable template taped up to the fence and painted with an aged look. Get the Look >>

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Occasional Tables

To maximize the use of this narrow area, a collection of occasional tables was arranged around a modular sofa, offering guests the ability to gather in groups and enjoy snacks and cocktails regardless of how large or small the party may be.

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Patterned Rugs

Add movement and pattern to your outdoor entertaining space with durable indoor-outdoor area rugs. This aqua rug with overlapping diamonds is a perfect fit for a swanky midcentury cocktail party. Plus, it breaks up the heavy wood look of the deck and adds a soft underfoot.

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Organic Color

Use the colors found in nature to coordinate with your outdoor color scheme. Here, the bright pink blooms of the potted azaleas complement the cool green-blues seen throughout the rest of the space.

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Floor Cushions

Maximize your seating capacity with stacks of oversized pillows laid out near sofas and loveseats. As your soiree grows, this will allow plenty of soft surfaces for guests to gather around one another.

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Creative Arrangements

During more formal entertaining events, step up your floral arrangements with a touch of creativity. Here, an arrangement of cut floral mixed with fresh produce strikes a unique balance. Make Your Own >>

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Cool Colors

Invite guests outside by decorating your outdoor space with spring-inspired colors. Here, a neutral gray sofa used year-round is given seasonal flair with bubblegum pink, mint green and teal touches. Discover the season's hottest hues >>

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Fresh Florals

Similar to the welcoming feeling of an alfresco cafe packed with floral arrangements and baked goods, freshen up your outdoor space with fresh-cut flowers.

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Private Retreats

If your outdoor area has tucked-away spots that are hard to furnish, put them to good use with modular seating and versatile tables. This will allow tiny little gathering spots for guests to lounge in over intimate conversation.

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Opt for Space-Saving Tables

Screened Porch With Bistro Set

Screened Porch With Bistro Set

Instantly add dining space to your porch with a space-saving bistro set. Here, a collapsible bistro table is paired with collapsible chairs in front of a vintage wooden dresser that serves as a plant stand.

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Short on space? Collapsible bistro tables in bold hues make for perfect mobile dining tables. When not in use, simply tuck away.

Keep Things Private

Screened Porch With Privacy Drapes

Screened Porch With Privacy Drapes

One of the quickest ways to update your porch is with colored drapery. Install drapery panels around the entire perimeter of a space using galvanized metal plumbing conduit. In addition to adding color and texture, the drapery also adds a barrier of privacy from nearby neighbors.

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It's difficult to enjoy the beauty of your patio with your neighbor 10 feet away. Outdoor draperies are a thing and they're magical. They're meant to withstand the elements and ensure your space is indeed your space. Install drapery panels around the entire perimeter of a space using galvanized metal plumbing conduit so you can open and close as you wish.

A Serene + Lounge-Worthy Screened Porch

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Seating for...Everyone!

What was once a humdrum screened-in porch is now a colorful, multipurpose place for lounging and entertaining thanks to a sectional sofa, clever use of rugs and mismatched grouping of tables.

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Multiple Rugs

Give your porch the look of custom flooring with indoor-outdoor rugs paired together. A seamless look was created here since the pattern repeat of the rug was matched in the center, creating the look of wall-to-wall carpet.

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Garden Stools

Here, garden stools were added to the porch to provide additional seating for guests. The stools can also be used as extra serving space for drinks and casual meals.

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Bistro Set

Instantly add dining space to your porch with a space-saving bistro set. Here, a collapsible bistro table is paired with collapsible chairs in front of a vintage wooden dresser that serves as a plant stand.

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Fresh Paint

Before adding color to your porch, consider how the exterior color of the house will play into the overall look. The dated brick and lackluster vinyl of this midcentury modern house were updated with charcoal and medium gray paint to help contrast against the bright spring accents.

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Privacy Drapes

One of the quickest ways to update your porch is with colored drapery. Install drapery panels around the entire perimeter of a space using galvanized metal plumbing conduit. In addition to adding color and texture, the drapery also adds a barrier of privacy from nearby neighbors.

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Staggered Heights

Allow guests to dine and lounge in style with a collection of tables at staggered heights. Here, two collapsible aluminum tables flank a small occasional table that allows guest to face one another over dinner conversation without the formality of one long table.

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Pretty Groupings

Add a collected feeling with practical purpose to the porch with a hanging group of lanterns and birdcages that help anchor the space.

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Night Lights

These hanging accents add ambiance at night with (safe!) battery-operated candles inside.

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Collapsible Table

Add instant dining space with collapsible tables arranged around a sectional sofa. When guests are over, this table can offer a spot for tableware and drinks. When the space is not in use, the table can be folded up and stored away.

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Easy Entertaining

Keep the entertaining easy with outdoor-friendly tableware such as enamelware pitchers and dishwasher-safe ceramic.

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Mix-and-Match Pillows

Add personality, pattern and texture to your seating with a collection of mismatched pillows. Here, shaggy texture adds depth to indoor-outdoor pillows and cotton pillows meant mostly for indoor or covered outdoor space use.

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Durable Sectional

Sectional sofas come in many materials, but woven resin options are much more modern in appearance and are remarkably durable. The sectional used in this porch came in many different modular components that offer a plethora of configurations.

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Soften Your Underfoot

Easy Outdoor Dining With Occasional Tables

Easy Outdoor Dining With Occasional Tables

To maximize the use of this narrow area, a collection of occasional tables was arranged around a modular sofa, offering guests the versatility to gather in groups and enjoy snacks and cocktails regardless of how large or small the party may be.

Photo by: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Add soft underfoot with a graphic area rug. You may cringe at the thought of adding a rug to your outdoor space, but outdoor rugs are meant for this locale. They're quick-drying and resistant to fading, stains and mildew. Plus, you can simply hose them down when they get particularly dirty. Done and done.

Go Bold With Color

Lovely Screened Porch With Bright Drapery

Lovely Screened Porch With Bright Drapery

Without any true carpentry skills or heavy labor, what was a humdrum screened-in porch is now a colorful multipurpose place for lounging and entertaining thanks to a sectional sofa, clever use of rugs and mismatched grouping of tables.

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Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

What's your favorite color? Incorporate it into your outdoor space! Gone are the days of safe beige and browns. Here, we used shades of aqua, turquoise and cobalt from the rug and tabletop decor to the various garden stools. BTW, if you want a pink patio, no one's stopping you. Certainly not us!

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Color Combo: Indigo + Robin's Egg

Play up blues this season with coastal indigo and classic Robin's egg. Many neutrals work well with these tones, but for a light and airy look, stick with white, off-white or dove gray.

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Color Combo: Kelly Green + Aqua

Pair Kelly green with aqua for a mix of both cool and bright earth tones. To keep the overall look layered, pull in some dark wood tones. Be sure to layer several shades and tints of these hues to add depth.

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Color Combo: Dove Gray + Mint

Mint is one of the most classic pastels associated with spring. Give the hue a fresh spin by pairing it with lighter gray tones, such as dove gray, then mixing in white as a neutral.

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Color Combo: Forest Green + Mint

Layer evergreen hues, like forest green or pine, with more pastel greens, such as mint, for a layered look. Once the evergreen tones are paired with the pastels, they can start to take on more of a dark teal appearance.

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Color Combo: Mint + Bubblegum Pink + Teal

Make your springtime look extra sweet with a mashup of bubblegum pink, mint and teal. The addition of mint keeps the cotton candy tones more spring appropriate, but you can still take this palette right into summer.

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Color Combo: Violet + Yellow-Green

When it comes to purple tones, lilac and lavender are the hues most associated with spring. Put a new spin on these classic seasonal purples by pairing deep shades of red-violet with grassy green tones.

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Color Combo: Emerald + Olive + White

Make it all about the greens this spring with a combination of glamorous emerald mixed with earthy olive. Keep the look bright and airy with the addition of ultra-white.

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Color Combo: White + Blush + Brass

Blush is one of the most complex colors to work with, but when paired with the right accent colors, it can appear super chic. Here, blush is partnered with a crisp, white backdrop and accented with shiny touches of brass for a modern-meets-vintage look.

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Color Combo: Gray + Silver + Pink

Add a more sophisticated touch to pink by pairing it with deep, neutral grays and adding a touch of bling with metallic silver.

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Color Combo: Shamrock Green + Hot Pink

Shamrock green and hot pink may not be the first colors you think of when it comes to spring, but these two colors are often found together in nature. When you pair these hues together, be sure to add tons of white to help break up the saturation of the two bold hues.

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Color Combo: Blue-Gray + Olive + Turquoise

Add a midcentury twist to your home this season with turquoise, olive and blue-gray. These classic colors were seen in many fabric and wallpaper patterns in the 1960s and can add a fun, retro feel to a room.

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Add Some Liveliness

Mix & Match Planters

Mix & Match Planters

Upgrade your planters – be sure to mix and match colors, shapes and sizes. The key is to keep all the planters in the same general style or color family for a cohesive look. Groupings in odd numbers look best.

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A quick way to add lots of life to your deck is with a grouping of potted plants. Pick up fun planters in mix-and-match colors, shapes and sizes, then group them together in odd numbers for a cohesive look.

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Use Indoor Accessories

Don’t limit yourself to just outdoor furnishings when it comes to making your outdoor spaces comfortable and inviting. Bring out your favorite throw pillows and blankets when you’re ready to entertain.

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Opt for Weather-Friendly Faux Finishes

Keep an eye out for furnishings with attractive faux finishes that will hold up to the elements. This table looks like weathered wood, but it’s actually a lightweight metal.

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Paint Dated Brick

Even the ugliest brick, whether it’s on the wall or a patio floor, can be dealt with quickly and affordably. Go with a high-quality paint in a classic shade, or try something new with a bold, fresh hue. You’ll be glad you did.

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Ground the Space

Nothing defines and grounds a space faster than a rug or two. If you have a large area and your budget is tight, consider putting two rugs together.

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Add Privacy + Shade

Whether you have neighbors right on top of you or you live on a five-acre lot, outdoor curtains are always a good idea. They provide privacy and shade so you can enjoy your outdoor living areas without having to endure the sun’s scorching rays.

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Create a Focal Point

Consider creating a focal point on a patio wall or fence. Blank spaces are nothing more than an artist’s canvas, so do your thing! We used four quarts of paint and a template; the funky design of the mural really helped renew an aging fence. Get the How-To >>

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Give Old Furniture New Life

Before you put an old dresser or console on the curb, consider giving it new life as a hard-working piece of outdoor furniture. A fresh coat of exterior paint, new rope pulls and affordable pegboard transformed this castoff into the perfect spot for mixing up a cocktail or potting spring florals. Get the How-To >>

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Add Ambient Lighting

When it comes to outdoor entertaining after dark, ambient lighting adds sophistication to any get-together. Sure, real candlelight is nice, but the convenience and safety of today’s programmable battery-operated LED candles are hard to resist. 

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Go Vertical With Greenery

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, consider going vertical. Whether it’s faux or real, going up the walls with greenery is a great way to soften hard surfaces and add a “living” element to your overall decor.

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Mix in Mix-and-Match Planters

Upgrade your planters, and be sure to mix and match colors, shapes and sizes. The key is to keep all the planters in the same general style or color family for a cohesive look. Groupings in odd numbers look best.

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Go With a Bold Palette

One way to give your patio or porch some instant personality is with bold color. For example, mix similar shades of blues and greens; it will give you a layered look that’s vibrant without being too busy. Spring Colors to Try Now >>

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Dress Up Your Old Fence

Wooden Fence With Painted Graphic Pattern

Wooden Fence With Painted Graphic Pattern

Add an artistic focal point outdoors with a graphic painted fence treatment. This classic midcentury pattern was made with a printable template taped up to the fence and painted with an aged look.

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Tired of looking at your tired, old fence? This is a bit daring but SO fun. Use a graphic, patterned template to add an oversized mural to your fence. It will look like a piece of amazing, hand-painted artwork.

Bring the Indoors Out

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Summer’s just around the corner, so here are a few tasks you should try to tackle before it gets too hot. Knock these projects out and you’ll be more than ready for outdoor fun and impromptu guests.

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If you really want your outdoor space to feel like an extension of your home, then add some accessories that will cozy it up even more. Think indoor-outdoor pillows, ambient lighting and playful accents.

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