16 patio decorating ideas that will cost you less than a new smartphone!

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16 patio decorating ideas that will cost you less than a new smartphone!

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Isn't it funny that we need to equate the costs of things in terms of technology these days? Well, in the case of giving your patio a makeover, how would you feel if we told you that we have some cracking ideas for you, each of which will cost significantly less than a new smartphone? We thought that might grab your attention! You don't need to be a world-class landscape architect or interior designer to get the patio of your dreams on a shoestring budget, as we're going to give you all the tips you need, right now, so are you ready to get started? Then let's go!

1. Basic wooden furniture can be stained or painted to look more high-end than it actually is. It's incredibly handy too and will last a lifetime, if cared for properly.

2. A myriad of different stones and pebbles will look wonderfully zen, but won't cost much at all! Genius! You can really create some unique patterns and displays like this.

 Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Party garden in Sevenoaks, Kent

Earth Designs

3. A parasol adds year-round appeal, as it can shelter from rain in the less clement months but shield from the sun in summer too! A pop of color won't hurt either!

4. Floating wall shelves are incredibly cost-effective, but offer you so much amazing display potential, which can be changed up in a flash, if you get bored!

5. A little patio lighting goes a long way to creating a wonderfully arm ambience. We love these uplighters, which have been used to great effect with spiky blooms.

6. Climbing plants don't cost much and only need a little guidance in order to cover a boring patio wall. Colorful flowers will really make a striking impression.

7. Large planters, if kept simple, can be a really gorgeous focal point on a patio and offer a lot of customization potential too. How about painting some up?

8. You don't need a large patio to make a big impression! Just two statement chairs will be more than enough to offer comfort AND style!

9. Deckchairs are the ultimate in low-cost and traditional patio centerpieces! You can even splash out on some funkier slings, to perk things up a bit!

10. Tropical plants are great for patios as they usually need little care but grow quickly to create a veritable jungle! Talk about an exotic end result!

11. Low-maintenance borders are a great way to give your patio extra pizazz for not a lot of money! Small cacti are always a good bet, with some shingle to finish things off.

12. Don't forget to use those previously neglected corners on your patio! Choosing to decorate them with simple little beds will really improve the whole area and give the impression of a lot of expense!

13. You might be shocked to discover that very basic summerhouses can be wonderfully cheap to buy, if you erect them yourself, so grab a screwdriver and don't forget to read the instructions!

 Study/office by Cotswold Garden Buildings
Cotswold Garden Buildings

Garden Building Oxfordshire

Cotswold Garden Buildings

14. Strings of outdoor lights always give a patio a far more pretty and festive feel and they NEVER cost much! Why not look for solar versions, which won't even need an electricity supply?

15. A dream combination! Hand-cast concrete planters and simple cacti make for a terrific bit of patio decor and is such a penny-pinching plan too!

16. Add a splash of color with lots of cushions and candles and your patio will be reborn! It won't cost you much either, so maybe you could have a new smartphone as well!

For more lovely terrace ideas, take a look at this article: 10 beautiful terrace floor ideas.

Which of these ideas do you plan to try out?
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