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While many people want to make their living room or bedroom their sanctuary, a backyard provides so many opportunities for comfort and relaxation. An outdoor space can easily provide the same warmth, inviting style of your indoor spaces, but it has the added benefit of nature and fresh air. 

With the right lighting, patio furniture, DIY and elbow grease, your backyard can become a beautiful oasis. That being said, check out our list of patio ideas to help give your backyard an upgrade. 

1. Change Up the Flooring

If you are not sure where to start, why not start from the ground up. The deck or patio flooring can easily become a statement piece in and of itself. 

By adding an interesting texture or color to the deck or patio you give your backyard and patio space a whole new personality and appeal. Moreover, in the long run, it adds resale value to your home.

Try DIY-in your own concrete patio. With concrete, you can create a number of interesting shapes. Not to mention, concrete is extremely durable to wear and tear, affordable, and extremely versatile. Another great option is to use wooden slats to create a wooden deck. 

The great thing about a wooden deck is that it can be painted or stained a variety of colors, which allows you so much creativity when setting the mood for your backyard. 

2. Set Up Mood Lighting

Another easy way to spruce up your backyard and patio is to give it some creative illumination. Just like interior spaces, outdoor lighting can give your backyard a whole new mood and tone. From a starry-night feel to a casual, cozy getaway, simply draping string lights around your patio can help make your backyard and patio warmer and more inviting. 

The great thing about lighting is that it comes in multiple forms, depending on the style you are looking for. If you want a more industrial aesthetic, go for more old-school string lights with exposed filaments. If you want a chic aesthetic, invest in a chandelier. Or, for a romantic, soft touch, try lanterns. 

3. Spruce Up Your Fencing

Although fencing is a largely functional aspect of your backyard space, it can also be a great way to make over your patio on a budget. With a bit of creativity and craftiness, you can give your fence a new “wow” factor. 

One idea is to drill holes in the fence and add a variety of multi-colored marbles in the holes. That way, when the sun hits the marbles, your backyard will be covered in an array of gorgeous colors. 

Another idea is to give your fence more style and personality by adding a mural. Just be sure you plan your design ahead of time and known the measurements and scale of your fence. This will ensure that your mural has the best canvas possible. 

4. Comfy and Creative Seating

One of the easiest ways to make your backyard and patio space more inviting is to add ample, comfortable seating. This can be done in many ways. Large, fluffy cushions and pillows, benches, and chairs tend to be standard pieces for creating a cozy, relaxing space. 

One fun DIY idea is to make use of recycled wooden pallets. Simply stack the pallets on top of one another to create seating and dress them up with comfortable pillows and cushions. It’s a budget friendly idea that allows you to get more creative with the fabrics and cushions you use. 

Another fun idea is to hang a hammock as extra seating. This works particularly well if you don’t have a lot of space on your patio. A slim hammock provides a cute way to take advantage of the fresh air. Simply dress it up with a jute rug and some floor cushions for a more boho aesthetic. 

5. Get Creative with Garden Space

If you have a particularly green thumb, try and get creative with your garden space. Instead of growing your plants horizontally, why not take them up vertically. Wall planters are easy and affordable ways to make the most out of your backyard and patio space. All you need is a drill, planters, and a wooden pallet and you can have a wall of greenery in no time. 

Another fun way to get creative with your garden space is to use flowers and plant life on top of your pergola. It is a simple, but effective way to give your backyard a more natural and organic feel that is still elegant and pretty. 

Be sure to try and use bright flowers and plants. This is a great way to add a natural pop of color to any yard. Some great plants to aim for are hydrangea bushes and tulip bulbs. They are bold, bright and sure to breathe life back into your yard. 

6. Build a Backyard Movie Theatre

If you love movies, try setting up your backyard movie theatre. All you need is a projector, screen, and speakers to watch all your favorite films and tv shows and a wide assortment of blankets, pillows, and string lights to give you a cozier feel. 

If buying a legitimate film screen is too pricey, you can always DIY a screen by yourself. With some PVC, blackout cloth, and handyman skills, you can build your own movie screen at home.

Conclusion

Backyards and patios are wonderful places to relax and hangout. Fortunately, there are a number of affordable backyard ideas that will spruce up your outdoor space without breaking the bank or forcing you to take out a loan

There is a world of possibilities out there that is only limited by your creativity. The ideas we listed above are just the beginning. Just remember to keep in mind your personal style needs and potential costs as they will determine how you go about decorating your outdoor space. We hope this article was helpful to you.