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Our top tips for outdoor decorating in 2020

March 2, 2020 10:00 am by Upside

There’s nothing quite like having a beautiful outdoor space to spend lazy afternoons with mates and family.

Winter or summer, the backyard is a classic part of any Australian home and deserves the same TLC given to your living room, bedroom or kitchen. It’s no surprise, then, that there are countless backyard ideas to help you spruce up your outdoor living area and turn it into a space for the whole family.

Here’s some good news: doing up your backyard doesn’t need to cost thousands, and you don’t even need to get a landscaper on board. If you’re looking to spruce up your backyard in 2020, here are some of our favourite outdoor living ideas on a budget.

Light up your backyard with an outdoor fire pit

Fireplaces are generally found indoors, but that doesn’t mean they only belong there. Break away from tradition in 2020 with these outdoor furniture ideas, and light up your backyard with a fireplace. They’re also perfect for entertaining in the cooler months, especially if you’ve got an outdoor theatre or outdoor dining furniture set up.


The best part is that fire pits are relatively simple and inexpensive to recreate in your yard. Just head to the nearest outdoors store and buy a portable fireplace, along with some cozy outdoor wicker furniture to match.

Just think: toasting marshmallows and snuggling up under a blanket next to the roaring fire...winter bliss.

Create an oasis with outdoor curtains

If you already have a cabana set up, curtains are one of the best patio ideas to add that extra touch of summer glamour and elegance to your outdoor space. Hang up some beautiful, sheer white curtains to create a quaint space for reading and napping — or simply so you can watch them flutter in the breeze.

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If you’re not ready to commit to curtains, bamboo shades are another great alternative to add a touch of privacy to your outdoor entertaining area or patio garden.

Add a hint of romance with mason jar lights

Just when you thought the humble mason jar couldn’t do anything else, here it is. These DIY fairy lights are one of our top decorating ideas if you want to inject some wonder into your outdoor setting without going down the classic fairy light route.


RELATED: Tips for making your backyard into the ultimate summer oasis

Hanging DIY garden for your outdoor entertainment area

Vertical gardens invigorate any space and bring character to your walls. Plus, they can even double up as a herb garden — and they’re one of the easiest outdoor patio ideas to make yourself. Simply swing by your local IKEA or Bunnings, buy a hanging canvas shoe rack and you’re good to go.


Alternatively, another one of our favourite outdoor area ideas is to put some succulents into a cage. Then you’ll have a beautiful, low-maintenance addition to your yard.

Lay down some gravel

Outdoor flooring options are often the most expensive part of landscaping. But with these outdoor entertaining areas ideas, you get a chic contemporary look without breaking the bank.

Select a space near some hedges or a fence, preferably that doesn’t have any grass growing already, then lay out some gravel to create a makeshift outdoor dining and relaxation space. Keep with the wicker and neutral palette for your outdoor seating ideas to give it that ultra-modern touch.

Inject some colour

While earthy, neutral tones are common in most outdoor spaces these days, a simple splash of colour can make a world of difference — particularly if you’re looking for backyard ideas on a budget.

Inject some bright yellows or blues into your yard with a statement sculpture or outdoor rug. Echo this colour throughout the space with flowers, throws or cushions, and you’ve got yourself a fresh look for the new decade.

If you’re ready to transform your outdoor entertaining area, this is the year to make it happen. For more outdoor living ideas, outdoor room ideas and outdoor entertainment area ideas, visit the Upside content hub here.


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