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If you were planning long trips this summer, it looks like you’ll have to cancel your reservations. However, don’t let that put you in a depressive state! You can have a wonderful staycation and have the time of your life at home. And you don’t even have to stay indoors all the time. If you give your patio and porch a small makeover, you can enjoy the fresh air and pretty views while staying safe. Need some makeover ideas? Here are a few ways to perk up your porch and patio without too much money and trouble. 

Give it a power wash

Before you start decorating and putting out furniture, it’s a great idea to grab a power washer and thoroughly clean your porch or patio. This tool will remove all the grime from the floor and allow you to have a clean surface for painting or furnishing. If you don’t have a power washer at home, you can buy one rather inexpensively (these are multi-use tools perfect for washing cars, sidings, doors and other things) or you can rent one for a day. 

Repaint it

If you’re ready to tackle a bigger job like repainting, you will truly end up with a completely different patio or porch look. Repainting your space will require some time and effort, but you can also call in professionals if you don’t want to mess with this part. While pros tackle your porch, you can take on smaller tasks like repainting your tables, rockers or swings. For a fun and fresh look, choose a bright color for your outdoor furniture (or pastels are always in when it comes to summer decoration). 

Add a few accent pieces

Every good design needs one or two conversation pieces that will set the tone and make the space more fun and interesting. For your outdoor space, you can choose a tropical look with a large potted plant or a small Tiki bar. If you prefer something exotic but more mysterious and dramatic, look here for some decorative animal skulls that will fit perfectly on your patio wall. These skulls are handmade, traditional and gorgeous and no visitor will be able to resist the temptation to ask you a few questions about them. 

Light it up

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to liven up your outdoor space is to light it up properly. Ditch your old and boring ceiling lights and grab a few romantic lanterns and a few strings of fairy lights. Both of these options are cost-effective and easy to install and they give out a magical and relaxing glow. If you have some paths surrounding your patio or porch, line them with solar-powered lights to improve safety and usability.  

Boost comfort

Boosting comfort will not only make it more likely you’ll leave the house and spend some time outside, but it will also improve the visual appeal of your space. How can you kill two birds with one stone? Well, surprise your outdoor furniture with colorful throw pillows and some cute and warm blankets. If your space is well-protected from the elements, you can even invest in a small outdoor rug for your patio to cover those hard and ugly floors. Want to push things even further? Consider mounting a TV on your patio wall and you can catch up with all your fave TV shows and movies as you sip cocktails in fresh air and sunshine. 

Add some privacy

No matter how beautiful and cozy your outdoor space is, you’ll never get to enjoy it completely if you know your neighbors are always visible to you. To ensure better privacy in your space, you can put up privacy screens. These can be DIY-ed easily with only some wood or bamboo sticks, nails and varnish. If you’re not in a hurry to give your space some privacy, you can plant greenery that grows thick and tall and in a few years, you’ll have a green wall that will keep curious eyes outside while giving your patio a relaxing natural vibe. 

Don’t let the fact that you have to stay home ruin your summer. Enjoy nice weather in your improved and refreshed outdoor space and you’ll get to spend some relaxing quality time with those you love and cherish. So, roll up your sleeves and get to work on your patio and porch right now!