With the warmer weather fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor living space. Does your yard need a focal point? Is your pool or hot tub area boring and barren? If your back yard needs some tweaking this season, read on for some great ideas on how to give your space a boost without straining your budget.

1. Greenery

Lush tropical plants can add a lot of style to your pool or spa installation. If you like gardening, planting a variety of greenery is a simple way to amp up your back yard space. If you don’t have a green thumb, not to worry. Investing in some stone pots or urns and some potting soil is an easy way to add a tropical flare to a space without all of the work a garden requires.

Ferns, palms, agave, yucca and ornamental grasses are all great choices for a soothing tranquil look. If you have a shady area, opt for hostas instead.

2. Lighting

Lighting is a wonderful way to add elegance to your backyard space. It’s easy to light up your pool with some floating lights but, if you want to take it up a notch, you may want to also consider moonlighting or landscape lighting.

Moonlighting is meant to mimic the glow of the moon. To achieve this effect, lights are mounted on trees or the roof of a gazebo, pergola or veranda to shine down on your pool or hot tub. The effect is soft, natural and gorgeous.

Landscape lighting is similar in that it adds subtle highlights to your outdoor living space. In this case, low-voltage lights are used to illuminate trees or architectural elements near your spa or pool. It not only allows you to see better at night while taking a late dip in the pool or spa, it adds character to your space in a subtle way.

3. Refresh Patio Furniture

Is your outdoor furniture looking tired and worn? Would you love to update your furniture but lack the funds to buy a new set? If so, a few little tweaks will have your well-used set looking like brand new. Start by giving the metal, wicker or wood a good cleaning. You can use spray paint to brighten up metal or wicker while wood can be lightly sanded and re-stained. To complete the refresh, purchase colorful new cushions and pillows. This will make your furniture look like brand new for a fraction of the cost.

4. A Bench

If you never have enough seating, but don’t want to spend a pile of money, consider investing in a garden bench. Not only are they visually stunning, but the placement possibilities are endless. Of course, they always look fantastic in a garden, but you can also place one against one side of your hot tub and surround it with colorful pots of plants or flowers. It gives your spa a zen feel and gives you extra seating.

Placing the bench pool side gives swimmers a place to sit to take off their sandals or to lay towels. If you want to take it up a notch, place it under a trellis or small pergola for a shaded seat to watch the kids play in the pool.

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