20 Easy Ways to Update Your Home
1. Add Color and Comfort to Seating
Use pillows and cushions made from outdoor fabric to spice up your space. Bend the rules―mix stripes and polka dots with punchy animal, geometric, and botanical prints.
2. Hang Bright, Patterned Draperies
Closed, they lend privacy and offer respite from the sun. Open, they frame the space and soften the scene. Avoid natural fabrics, which are prone to fading and mildew. Look for synthetic blends that will weather the elements.
3. Rearrange Chairs and Tables
Moving furniture around makes a small (and free!) change with a big payoff. Feng shui experts recommend moving 27 objects to give a room good luck. Scavenge other rooms―when a painting, chair, or eye-catching accessory moves outdoors for a while, you’ll see it in a new light.
4. Paint It
Color deck railings and arbors in a rainbow of hues to rival any blooming garden. Bonus: No watering required!
5. Hang a Whimsical Wall Sculpture
Look for pieces made with weather-resistant materials such as galvanized metal, glass, or stone. On covered patios or porches, hang canvas oil paintings; they’ll be fine outdoors as long as they’re not in direct sunlight.
6. Use Mirrors to Reflect Views
Strategically place mirrors they’ll reflect a striking image. Typically a smaller investment than outdoor art, mirrors create the illusion of more space.
7. Give New Life to Tired Furniture
A hole cut into the seat of an old rattan or wooden chair makes the perfect stage for a flowerpot. Creative and functional, the chair ensures proper drainage.
8. Arrange Beach Finds
In a clear fishbowl, nestle a candle into a bed of pale sea glass and white shells. It’s a great place to drop off treasures when you return from a walk on the beach, and it makes an instant centerpiece for entertaining on the fly. Experiment with scale when grouping your display―consider size, color, and texture.
9. Rejuvenate Your Front Door
Find a paint color in your favorite sea-inspired shade. The effort is minimal, but the effect is instant.
10. Disguise Flaws
Ready-made loose-fitting slipcovers brighten even the shabbiest furniture. They’re salt- and sand-resistant, and can easily be washed, replaced, or switched out seasonally.