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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

Make the most of your garden or balcony with these ideas


When you want to take a break from household chores and other tasks, it’s easy to grab a chair and sit out in the garden or balcony to soak up some sun. But how can you relax in a bare space or an outdoor nook with tons of weeds and dry leaves? If this is the current state of your garden, lanai, or balcony, it might be the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and get some home improvement job done! Let these ideas guide you:

Main photos from: Homedit and Liz Marie Blog via The Kitchn.

Maximize the available space

How does your outdoor nook look like? Do you see an unused corner? Interior designer Anla Li-Tan suggests that you utilize the space. “Create a conversation area with seating arrangement to make use of the dead spaces in a garden or balcony,” she shares.

RL Tip: Choose sturdy but comfortable furniture pieces that you can use for lounging around. It can even serve as your reading corner.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Create an extra entertaining or dining area

According to interior designer Kimi Manuel, the outdoor area can be the perfect space where you can accomplish some work or entertain friends. “This can be an additional entertaining space for merienda or a bottle of wine with some friends.”

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Keep it clean

“Make sure there is no space where stagnant water might appear and consequently bring mosquitoes,” Kimi adds.

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

Turn plants into décor

“Grow herbs on cute pots, and make it a decorative focal point on one area of the outdoor space,” explains Anla.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Deal with hard-to-maintain grasses

Keep the outdoor area lovely with the help of tiles and planter boxes. “For hard-to-maintain grasses, you may choose to cover the garden area with cement or outdoor tiles, and add planter boxes around the walls,” Anla shares.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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