Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space

interior of a screened in porch

interior of a screened in porch

Your deck or patio is a special space. It’s a place that can feel like a getaway, but still be within feet of your home. As this can be where a lot of people hang out during the warmer months, it should feel homey. Below are tips on how to make your deck or patio space personalized to your liking.

Adding color

Color can add so much character and fun to a space. It makes the space pop and gives more life to it. A simple way to add more color – pillows! Accent pillows are great since you can mix and match to get any color combo you want. Bird feeders bring out colorful birds too and joyful sounds. Other ways to add color: furniture, stands, rugs, outdoor decorations, and flowers.

Having fun with furniture

outside backyard space of deck and garden

One thing that will always be needed for patios and decks is outdoor furniture. These will be the most used items in the space, so purchase something you like that is comfy and durable. Furniture can be expensive, so it’s usually a good idea to get more neutral items. This furniture will likely be something you have for a long time, so you don’t want to buy something you won’t like in a few years. With neutral furniture, you can easily change the look by adding different accessories.


Plants are a great way to make your patio or deck feel more lively…literally! Not only are plants a nice way to decorate, but they can add color too. You could also have a small garden if you want to grow your own produce. Garden boxes don’t take up much space and can be easy to build. You’ll notice more and more people replacing the more landscaped/lawn look with native plantings. We highly recommend this blog and website if you want to learn more: goodoak.com.

Adding lights

Lighting is a very important feature for decks and patios. It sets the tone and gives the space a more relaxing feeling. There are solar-powered lights and plenty of options for outdoor electrical lights as well.


Nothing is better than having a clean space. Decks and patios can get very dirty after years of use and Wisconsin’s harsh winters. Doing something as simple as hosing it down will make a noticeable difference. If you have access to a power washer, that will help get off another layer of dirt and grim. After cleaning it, you could add a new touch of paint or stain. This will give the space a brand new look!

outside patio space with colorful chairs

Make it bigger

If you want to add more outdoor space, get creative and make sure you stay in compliance with the City of Madison’s codes. You might just need a deck permit! Click here for more information.

Trying any of these tips above will add a nice touch to your patio or deck and add value to your property. Your space should feel special to you, so make it the way you want.

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