10 Tips to Modernize Your Outdoor Living Spaces

There's nothing like a fall evening outside, enjoying your favorite tea or cider with family and friends. Or maybe you're more of a sunshine person, eagerly waiting for spring to roll around to uncover the barbecue. Whatever brings you outside, modernizing your outdoor living spaces can help you create a cozy space to enjoy year-round. 

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Spaces

#1: Add a Sound System

Make your outdoor living space an inviting location to spend an afternoon by investing in an outdoor sound system. Adding speakers to your backyard enhances the space, creating a venue for holiday parties, barbecues, or relaxing with your favorite music. 

For added style, choose speakers the same color as your exterior walls to help them blend in. 

#2: Cozy Up to a Fire Pit

Enjoy cozy evenings outside as the weather gets chilly by upgrading your outdoor space with a fire pit. A fire pit can help pull your patio or backyard together, create a fun family activity (hello, s’mores), and makes your outdoor spaces more inviting in the cold fall months. 

#3: Add Stylish Tiled Elements

Tiles can add a great pop of style to your outdoor space. They're colorful, durable, and easy to maintain! In the image below, patterned tile flooring draws the eye to the dining space, creating a welcoming ambiance and distinguishing it from the outdoor kitchen. 

A stylish patio featuring an outdoor kitchen, dining set, and tile flooring.

#4: Hook Up An Outdoor Bar or Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. An outdoor kitchen is ideal for entertaining, creating a second living space in your backyard.

Not ready to make the jump to a full outdoor kitchen yet? Start with a simple dry bar (without a sink or plumbing) to create a central hub for entertaining in your yard. 

#5: Go Vertical With Your Greenery

Create a cozier feeling in your yard with taller greenery. From sprawling shade trees to climbing ivy walls, going vertical with your greenery can help your yard feel more private by creating natural barriers. It also helps take advantage of limited space if you’re working with a smaller patio or other outdoor space. 

#6: Get Reflective With a Garden Mirror

The same trick that can make a small living room feel bigger can also work for your patio. Add a stylish outdoor mirror to your garden or to a more compact outdoor room to add light and depth. 

A garden wall covered in ivy featuring three mirrors to add light and dimension.

#7: Invest in Garden Art

Sculptures and statues add an artsy, modern touch to your outdoor space. They're also a great alternative to fountains for Californians, since drought makes switching to low-water-use landscaping more important.

#8: Freshen Up the Paint

A fresh coat of paint can add to your home's curb appeal and give new energy to your backyard or patio. Not up to painting the whole house? Even just a subtle update to your deck, fence, or door can add new life to your space. 

#9: Update Your Pavement

Your beautiful modern decor won't have the same impact if your guests are tripping over cracked asphalt to get to the patio. If it's time for a fresh coat of sealant on your driveway, or if you need potholes and other issues repaired, reach out to JV Lucas Paving. 

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#10: Relax with a Hot Tub

Swim spas and hot tubs have been in heavy demand in the past few years, and for good reason. When you're spending more time at home, a swim spa or hot tub gives you a place to unwind and relax from the stress of the day. It also doubles as an entertainment zone where the family can come together and connect at the end of the day. And swim spas give you a chance to get plenty of exercise, even if you have a small yard without the space required for a standard pool. 

Whether your budget is small or you're ready to invest heavily in your yard, updating your outdoor living space is always a good way to ensure you're enjoying your home indoors and out for years to come.