The ultimate guide to outdoor living

Explore Manor's ultimate guide to enhancing outdoor living. Discover tips, designs, & expert insights for creating your ideal outdoor space.

We’re coming out of the cold, dark dreariness of winter and entering into the days where we can finally enjoy the outdoors without bundling up in seventeen layers. And with this shift of the seasons, so comes a need to give your outdoor living space a little freshen up. In this ultimate guide, we’ve got the tips and tricks to help you bring some life back into your outdoor space so you can make memories with the ones you love most.

Pops of colour

If you’re looking for a quick but solid fix, giving your outdoor space a fresh lick of paint could be the job for you. This is the fastest way to revive different areas whether that painting a feature wall or door, adding pops of colour to your window boxes or even giving the deck a new look. Updating your outdoor accessories can also be a great way to brighten up your outdoor space by changing up your outdoor cushion covers, investing in a new outdoor rug, some new colourful artwork or maybe even a statue of some kind.

Fresh greenery

When we think of Spring and warmer weather, we often think of flowers and lush greenery. You might like to use this time of year to introduce new plants to your outdoor space. While gardens and plants do require regular upkeep, they can make a huge difference in how your space looks and feels. If you’re working with a smaller outdoor space, try adding herb planter boxes or flower boxes on your balcony and windowsill. If you’re lucky enough to have a larger space, you might try starting a veggie patch or adding new furniture to create different sitting and entertainment areas. For those worried about how their garden will look over those colder months, do some research to find different flowers and plants that bloom at different times, so you always have something beautiful to look at.

Pavers and paths

Adding some pavers or a pathway to your backyard is a great way to transform a bland, featureless area into something more eye-catching and functional. There are so many options these days with different styles and types of pavers to choose from as well as different ways to lay them out. You could get creative with a fun pattern or be bright and bold with colour blocking – it’s up to you! If a complete paver renovation isn’t on the cards, you can still freshen up your space by repairing or re-staining your existing pavement which will still improve your outdoor spaces visual appeal and functionality.

Lighting

You know that thrill you get when the weather starts to get warmer, and you have the urge to go outside and enjoy yourself? Keep the fun times going by investing in quality lighting so you can enjoy your outdoor space all night long. Consider changing up your lighting to create different moods, you might like to keep it cosy with warm fairy lights scattered about or maybe you’re an entertainer that likes to have bright white lighting to help you see what you’re doing. No matter what you choose upgrading your lighting can lift your outdoor space’s aesthetic and be potentially more energy efficient depending on the types of lights you choose to use.

Outdoor living spaces are so versatile, varying in shape and size, with countless ways to capture that outdoor feeling year-round. Spring is a great time of year to focus on making your home more comfortable, you might just be surprised by how many different ways you can personalize your outdoor space. The sky’s the limit so get out there and start experimenting!

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