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Outdoor Decor: Ideas for Your Front & Backyards, Plus General Lawn Care

Backyard of a London house

There are tons of ideas for decorating the inside of your home, but what about the outside? The outside of your home isn’t any less important than the inside— in fact, it can be even more important! The outside of your home is the first impression, as it’s the first thing that visitors and passers-by see when approaching your home. Here are some decor ideas to spruce up your front porch, patio, and your lawn in general.

Porch Decor

Furniture

Now is a great time to update your front porch furniture! Whether you like rocking chairs, porch swings, or even a full set of patio furniture, buying new furniture or sprucing up your current furniture can really bring your front porch to life. You can even D.I.Y. a few furniture items, such as using a wire basket and piece of wood as an end table. If your front porch is a common gathering place for family and friends, add some comfort with pillows.

Garden

Bring your garden to your front yard with potted plants! You can use plants, flowers, herbs, or even a mixture. You could also choose to display seasonal flowers, allowing your plants to match the seasonal foliage.

Signs

Buy or D.I.Y. a sign for your front porch. Even though welcome mats are still in style, your home will stand out with a welcome sign! And your sign doesn’t have to say “welcome”— it can say “family”, “gather”, or even bear your last name. You can also communicate your family values with words like “peace” or “love”.

Wreaths

Most people place a wreath on their front doors around the holiday season only, but why not create a wreath for each holiday? All you need is a simple green wreath that you can decorate for other holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, or Independence Day. You can even scale it back and create a wreath for each season: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Back garden with swing

Patio Decor

Furniture

If you have a patio, why not make it just as cozy and comforting as your front porch? Full patio furniture sets always make an outdoor space feel nice and cozy, and some patios are large enough to create multiple cozy areas. Maybe create an area for eating and another area for lounging. Hanging curtains is also a great way to break up a large space and create more sections.

Lighting

Nothing is cozier than sitting around a fire pit with friends and family on a cool night. Fire pits can be multifunctional; use them to keep warm, toasting marshmallows and other goodies, and they can also be a source of light at night. If your patio is bigger, consider string lights to light up the entire backyard.

Pools and Water Features

The way a pool is designed will also enhance the overall look of your backyard. Consider adding beautiful flowers and greenery around your pool, and maybe even a cascading waterfall. If a pool isn’t for you, a simpler water feature (such as a fountain) can also liven up your backyard.

General Lawn Care

If you don’t have a front porch or a patio (and even if you do), focus on the look and health of your lawn. First and foremost, make sure that you’re mowing your lawn correctly and feed it with essential nutrients so that the grass comes in thicker and greener. You should also water your lawn properly and control pests such as animals/insects, weeds, and diseases. Professionals from the best lawn care services can help you create your ideal lawn.

You can also decorate your lawn once it’s properly cared for, and it’s fairly easy to do. Plant flowers and other plants alongside your walkway to add more scenery. You can also add rock features, or even solar-powered lights that will illuminate the path at night. Another way to brighten up your lawn is to plant flower beds around things like your mailbox and any trees you may have in your yard. Are you a golfer? You can even use golf turf to create a small putting green.

Outdoor decor should be taken just as seriously as indoor decor. When you take the time to make sure that the outside of your home looks good, you increase your home’s curb appeal and also the property value. You can choose to create a cohesive design and keep the same style on both the inside and outside of your home, or you can have a contrast of styles. Either way, take pride in the outside of your home!