Decorating Patios, Porches and Decks: Make the Most of What You Have

See HGTV fans' inspired ways for creating or transforming their outdoor rooms without spending a dime.
By: Leslie Judson

Use China for a Simple Setting

This romantic patio table, created by HGTV fan Single_mom_on_budget, is set for outside dining with linen, china, stemware, and fresh flowers.

Be Creative With Plants

A garden pot with a flowering red plant has been placed on a weathered white chair next to a pair of brown rain boots by HGTV fan MoonlightandMagnolias for a wonderfully whimsical porch design. 

Think of a Porch as a Living Room

This undtraditional southern porch, designed by HGTV fan Drquickclick, has a dark leather couch but colorful striped rug and pillows, art, and light yellow sheers lighten up the space.

Create Outdoor Vignettes

Potted plants are an easy way to add color and interest to any outdoor space. Double the impact by grouping two or more pots with found objects. Create a vignette like this one by HGTV fan coastalgardener featuring a piece of driftwood.

Trick the Eye With a Mirror

HGTV fan Dpleader's creative arrangement of various flowers and plants around a quaint bistro table and chairs creates expensive aura on a tight budget.

Build a Living Wall

HGTV fan Ecken stacked cinder blocks in a cubic pattern and topped them with various types of potted plants for an organic, yet modern look.

Soften the Floor With a Rug

A large green and yellow floral print rug covers the hardwood flooring of HGTV fan Jengo's three-season porch, which has a glass rolling cart with two shelves, each used for plants and candles; a wicker bench with green and white floral cushion; and a window seat with decorative pillows. An assortment of ornamental shrubs grow in individual containers located in the space as well.

See an old Piece a new way

This old hutch was converted by HGTV fan Santamaker into a plant stand, using garage-sale silverware as a whimsical accent.

Refinishing Indoor Furniture

This sunroom designed by HGTV fan Lauhayes is decorated with refurbished indoor furniture that has been spray painted silver and glazed for a perfect, but inexpensive, look.

Keep Blankets and Pillows Handy

In this room by HGTV fan Moonlightandmagnolia, a white throw and a large white and red pillow have been placed on a wicker sofa with green cushion to make this porch a cozy spot.

Keep it Simple

This simple space by HGTV fan Housetweaking makes the most of the outdoor view by having four white chairs around a small wooden table in front of three windows with white blinds. Patterned pillows, a throw, and a silver vase with pink flowers add a small pop of color.

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