Who doesn't like to spend more time outside in the spring?  By this time of year, most people are starting to see a new vision for their outdoor living spaces.  Patios, decks, front porches and even those tucked away places in the yard under a tree can add great living spaces for you and your family.  While investigating popular themes this year, these items emerged as great ways to spruce up your spaces without breaking the bank.

Rely on Containers for Color

Pots of all shapes and sizes are great options to add dashes of color and texture to outdoor living spaces. Go for lightweight versions or put yours on movable bases to make shifting them around easier. Place a few at corners of a deck or patio to establish borders, or use a rotating series of plants - choosing a variety of colors, plant height and textures to add more interest to your locations.

Zone Your Space

Clever furniture arrangement is all it takes to establish a variety of uses in one outdoor living space. For example, in a smaller space, place a bench and dining table<https://www.bhg.com/shop/furniture/dining-room/tables-a1929.html> closer to a corner; in a larger one use different textures or rugs to break up dining and relaxing areas.  Think about traffic zones when choosing how to place your items.  Create areas for different purposes - visiting, eating, working.

Try Affordable Updates

Turquoise may be your favorite shade one year and poke-a-dots the next. But what about when a new color scheme<https://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/schemes/> strikes your interest -- or when pillows or umbrellas wear out? Fortunately it's easy and inexpensive to swap out outdoor living accents. Go for new accent pillows, refreshed slipcovers, even a pair of complementary umbrella shades, for a reinvigorated outdoor living space. For exposed spaces, select options made from outdoor fabrics that withstand the sun's rays and dry quickly.

Add Accents to Walls

When used as borders for outdoor living spaces, walls can quickly get boring. Wall containers, planted with trailing vines and blooms, or outdoor-suitable art, such as tin ceiling tiles or salvage outdoor signage letters found at flea markets, are good ways to dress up large stretches of siding or stone.  Don't be afraid to add art work and pictures, as long as you have a space protected from the weather.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens