Do’s and Don’ts of Outdoor Decorating

Outdoor decorating can be a fun and exciting way to enhance the look and feel of your home's exterior. Whether you're preparing your garden for the summer season or simply want to give it a fresh update, there are some important do's and don'ts to bear in mind. In this blog, we'll explore some helpful tips for outdoor decorating that will make your space look beautiful and inviting all year round.

Stylish Gardens
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DO: Consider Your Space and Budget

Before you begin decorating, it's important to consider your available space and budget. This will help you determine the type of décor you can afford and how much of it you'll need to fill your space. We’d recommend starting by taking measurements of your outdoor area to ensure that any chosen furniture or items will fit properly. Also, consider how much time and effort you're willing to devote to maintaining your outdoor space – some elements may require more upkeep than others, so it’s important to choose wisely and make sure you’re committed!

Garden Decor
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DON'T: Go Overboard with Decorations

While it may be tempting to go all-out with your outdoor decorations, it's important to remember that less is often more! Instead, choose a few key pieces that will make a statement and complement the surroundings. We’d recommend choosing a gorgeous patio tile to act as the perfect backdrop to your entertaining space. Here at CTD Tiles we have a generous range of outdoor tiles to choose from, but why not try out our Lavastone Grey Outdoor tiles if you’re looking to create a timeless look? If you’d rather something with a little more ‘wow factor’, take a look at how Marisa and Chris from @oakappledecor have designed their patio using our British Stone Antracite and Beige Outdoor Tiles – we absolutely love this on-trend chequered effect.

Garden Plants
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DO: Use Plants and Flowers

One of the easiest and most effective ways to decorate your outdoor space is by using plants and flowers. Not only do they add colour and texture, but they also help to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. If you’re lucky enough to have the space for a vegetable garden, then you might want to consider the layout of it. Use our Minster Rustic Outdoor Tile to create an effortless pathway design for access – not only is this practical but it also creates a lovely, rustic look!

Garden Maintenance
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DON'T: Neglect Maintenance

While plants and flowers require a lot of maintenance, outdoor furniture and décor need a sufficient amount too. It’s important to avoid any rotting, moulding or weeds as this could lead to damage. If you’re looking to protect any outdoor seating, then it’s best to keep pieces inside or covered when not in use, especially during the colder winter months. For patios and pathways, we’d suggest regular brushing and weeding to ensure general upkeep. When the winter months come to an end, a good power wash will bring the paving back to life making it look as good as new.

Garden Lighting
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DO: Add Lighting

Adding lighting to your outdoor area is a great way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether you choose solar lights, lanterns or string lights, they can help highlight the beauty of your outdoor space and make it more functional at night.

DON'T: Ignore Safety

When adding any décor or furnishings to your outdoor area, it's important to prioritise safety. Make sure your lighting is properly installed and secured to avoid accidents or damage to your property. Patios and decking can also get slippery during the winter months, so we’d say it’s vital to maintain this before using them again. This can easily be done by giving them a power wash, and then a sprinkle of sand or a concentrated chemical that kills algae and lichens.

outdoor seating
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DO: Incorporate a Comfortable Entertaining Area

Finally, when decorating your outdoor space, don't forget to zone a specific area that you can spend valuable time in. Whether it be creating a cosy outdoor den, a welcoming al fresco space or a swoon-worthy outdoor kitchen, we feel all gardens must have a feature that makes you want to stay out there all day long. Presenting a beautifully designed patio, Amanda from @houselust has used our Burlington Silver Outdoor Tile. These tiles accentuate her garden well, adding a contemporary hint of colour and design. But if you’re wanting to utilise your outdoor area better, then consider implementing a functional outdoor kitchen. Our Oaktime Tiles in Milk can help create this feature well, providing a practical and stylish edge. 

 By keeping these do's and don'ts in mind, you can truly create a beautiful and inviting outdoor area that you'll be proud to show off to all your guests. Take a look at our outdoor tiles section if you’re looking to transform your garden in time for summer.

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