When the temperatures begin to drop, it is easy to forgot about your outdoor decor, but the holiday season soon comes along to remind you that there is still plenty of use to get out of that backyard, and lots of merry making to be had. Certain key pieces of decor are needed to spruce up your backyard area during the upcoming holiday season, but it's not too late to add a bit of holiday cheer and festive charm.
Accent with holiday colors
Cranberry Luminarias: Not only quaint but inexpensive to make,cranberry luminarias are gorgeous little details that add a pop of color and warmth to any outdoor scene. They are very easy to assemble as well. Place them in the outdoor seating areas to allow for guests to see their way to the party.
Evergreens au-naturel: Keep the heavily adorned Christmas tree indoors, but station a few others on the patio in the buff. No need for bulbs or tinsel. Mini evergreens are eye-catching when they are allowed to be themselves. Fit them into an ornate basket or antique tin tub for a chic, country appeal on the patio.
Pine cone arrangements: Not only do pine cones add texture and authenticity to exterior arrangements, but they are free, laying around everywhere you turn, and they come with their own intoxicating fragrance. A few pine cones and some tinsel can go a long way to creating interesting door wreaths.
Work with existing features
Transform the pool: Though too chilly for swimming, your backyard pool doesn't have to go to waste. Place a dozen tea light candles to float in the water to make the nighttime backyard scene glitter and glow. Or, if you have small children and want to opt for safety, a quality pool cover can secure the pool and be versatile in design. Create the illusion of a giant present by capping the pool with a simple pool cover then criss-crossing an over-sized ribbon over it.
Light up the patio: Since the patio is there whether you decorate it or not, you may as well make it work to your advantage and utilize that space optimally. 'Tis the season to be sustainable. Line your patio walkway with traditional colors but with a modern twist. There are hundreds of LED Christmas lights on the market that use less energy than the classic lights, so opt for an eco-friendly electric option. Solar Christmas lights are another great option. Whatever you agree on, use your sustainable light source to highlight the walkway into the yard or up to the outdoor patio. Your guests will appreciate your attention to detail and the environment.
Whether your home is ready or not, here come the holidays, so it is best to be prepared. Make an effort to work with what you have and add colorful accents that bring your outdoor space together and boost the holiday cheer among your family and guests. Create a merry environment without cluttering it too much with tacky decor. Elegance and creativity can join forces to spread peace and joy, at least in your backyard space.