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Top tips for transforming your outdoor area on a budget

If you’re looking to give your outdoor area a bit of a makeover, we’ve got you covered.  At Briscoes, we believe that having an outdoor space you’re proud of shouldn’t have to break the bank. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on the top tips for transforming your outdoor space on a budget. No matter how you use your outdoor space, you can always find ways to improve it. So, if you want to give your outdoor living area a refresh, just in time for the warmer weather, keep reading. Your outdoor living space of dreams might be closer than you think.

Top 10 tips for improving your outdoor space on a budget

Ready to find out how you can improve your outdoor living space? Here are our top tips on transforming your outdoor area, on a budget. Let’s get started!

1. Identify how you want to use the space

First things first, you’ll want to think about how you will use your outdoor space. This will help guide you when it comes to shopping for your new and improved outdoor space. Whether you plan to host summer BBQs, enjoy some alfresco dining or simply spend the day lounging in the sun, the choice is all yours. Once you’ve identified your needs, you have your starting point. Your outdoor space should look great, but, it should also be fit for purpose. So, if you love hosting dinner parties you should start there, and think about how you can improve your outdoor dining area (but more on that later)

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2. Choose the Focal Point 

One way to transform your outdoor space is to choose the focal point of your outdoor space. Any interior designer will tell you that this is a fundamental part of enhancing any space, inside or outside your home. Think of your focal point as the main feature in your outdoor living area. This will be the first thing your guests notice when they walk into your space. There are endless options for this, such as a fireplace, BBQ or outdoor seating area. Your focal point should be reflective of how you plan to use the space. If you love having people over for dinner, consider making your BBQ the focal point and arrange your outdoor seating nearby. This will allow you to socialise with your guests, even when you’re cooking.  This is a really cost-effective way to transform your space, particularly, if you already have what you need. It might be as simple as rearranging your furniture.

3. Know when to splurge and when to save

When it comes to transforming your outdoor space, you’ll want to identify your budget. This should be done pretty early in the planning process. Once you’ve got your ducks in a row, you can start putting items on your wishlist. You’ll soon get an idea of where you can make savings and what items you want to invest in. You might choose to put most of your budget toward a durable outdoor furniture set that you can enjoy for years to come. Then you can save on accessories. Dressing up the space with accessories can be cost-efficient and make a huge difference to your outdoor space.

4. Create a shaded spot

Looking to mix up your outdoor area? Creating shade in your outdoor area can be a great way to change the space. Buying a gazebo or umbrella can be a great way to create different sections in your outdoor area. You can even turn this into the main feature. Not only is this a super simple way to transform your outdoor area, but, it’s practical too. Say hello to a new shaded spot to relax, out of the summer sun. This is a great option if you have children. This will ensure the whole family can soak up some Vitamin D, without being exposed to harmful UV rays. Which will definitely come in handy during the New Zealand summer season.

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5. Incorporate soft furnishings

Introducing some soft furnishings is another great way to give your outdoor space a refresh. Usually, when we want to make a change inside the home, the first thing we do is introduce new cushions, sheets and throws. This is a great way to introduce some colour and showcase your personality and interior design style. So, why not treat your outdoor space the same way? The best part is that soft furnishings are usually fairly inexpensive. At Briscoes, we have a wide range of soft furnishings that can be used to accessorise your home, inside and out. Check out our range of throws, cushions and more. You can completely transform your outdoor space by adding just a few new textiles to the area. We recommend trying out a brand new colour scheme.

6. Don't underestimate the power of accessories

Introducing new accessories to your outdoor space is another cost-effective way to transform it. There are lots of different accessories you can add to your outdoor area: Lanterns, Chair pads, and other decorative accessories. All of these can go a long way in showcasing your personality and changing the look of your space. Give it a go and explore the accessories available at Briscoes. We guarantee when you do, you’ll be excited to invite your friends and family over to check out your new and improved outdoor living space.

7. Add Some Lighting

Adding some lighting can also help to transform your outdoor area. Not only is this a cost-effective way to spruce up your outdoor area, but it’s a great way to create some ambience. Explore our range of outdoor lighting and look at how your outdoor space is transformed at night, you’ll love how cosy it is. If you love hosting your nearest and dearest during the summer, this is definitely one to consider. Outdoor lighting will encourage everyone to stay outside for longer, instead of migrating inside when the sun sets.

8. Tidy up your yard

Buying new budget-friendly pieces for your outdoor area can be great. But, you can transform your outdoor space in other ways. Tidying up your yard can be completely free and you’ll notice a big difference instantly. We recommend that you keep your lawn tidy by mowing it regularly and fertilising your grass twice per year. Then you might want to consider introducing some outdoor plants or planting some vibrant flowers that bloom during summer. This will really act as your foundation for a nice outdoor area. Then all of your new accessories will elevate your space.

9. Create an Outdoor Kitchen

Creating an outdoor kitchen can also be a great addition to your outdoor living space. If you love summer BBQs then why not make the most of your outside area with an outdoor kitchen? At Briscoes, we have a huge range of BBQ accessories that and can add to your outdoor kitchen. This can be a great focal point for your outdoor space, particularly if you love hosting family BBQs in the summer. The trick is to have your outdoor seating around the BBQ, so your guests can enjoy your company while you cook. You’ll love al fresco dining in the summer months with this new outdoor kitchen set-up. 

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10. Transform your outdoor table with new tableware

Another budget-friendly way to transform your outdoor space is by accessorising with tableware. We’ve all seen those instagrammable dinner party set-ups, so why not give it a go yourself? Give your outdoor dining table a refresh with some new crockery and placemats. Go bold and incorporate some colour into your outdoor space or set the scene for a sophisticated dinner party. You can even add some decorative pieces for your centrepieces. Explore our range of dinnerware and drinkware.

Ready to change up your outdoor area?

So, there you have it, our top tips for transforming your outdoor area on a budget. As we mentioned, having an outdoor space to be proud of shouldn't have to break the bank. Whether you’re looking to re-arrange your furniture to enhance your space or introduce some new pieces into the fold, we’ve got you covered. If you’re feeling inspired, check out the wide variety of top-quality outdoor furniture available at Briscoes. Shop from the comfort of your home or pop into your local Briscoes store. Get ready to transform your outdoor living space into something you’re proud of.