Sometimes those of us who rent our homes feel left out of the fun of decorating our outdoor spaces. We can’t make major alterations to the house we rent, and we don’t want to spend a lot of money on a patio that we will eventually leave behind. But design blogger Shavonda Gardner wants to show you being a renter does not mean you have to forego creating a beautiful patio decor on your back deck.
We noticed her excellent decorating and DIY ideas on A Home Full of Color and asked her to take part in our Patio Style Challenge. We sent her a patio furniture set and asked her to style her deck around it.
She came up with a colorful outdoor space that’s comfortable and inviting, and it cleverly makes full use of her small outdoor space. And best of all, she didn’t do any major construction, and she can pretty much take it all with her when she moves.
Read on for Shavonda’s patio decorating ideas that are great for renters and homeowners, alike.
The minute the calendar signals spring’s arrival I immediately start conjuring plans for outdoor living and entertaining. So when The Home Depot invited me to take part in this year’s Style Challenge I was thrilled! As with many renters, and urban dwellers alike, I was challenged by both space limitations and the inability make major structural changes to our outdoor space. With these obstacles in mind I set out to create a casual, comfortable space perfect for my friends and family to enjoy.
Dual Zones for Outdoor Dining and Lounging
Starting with a long narrow deck that was barren and uninspiring, I decided to take advantage of its length and create dual zones for entertaining. One area would be dedicated to conversation/lounging, and the other for casual dining. The Hampton Bay Fenton Patio and Bistro sets proved to be the perfect solution.
One of my main goals while planning the space was to create an area that felt like an extension of the inside of our home. Inside you’ll find colorful and eclectic rooms, and I wanted to infuse this area with the same elements. The patio set came with an ottoman, but to add a bit of interest and soften the angular lines of its rectangular size, I opted to make a coffee table out of a large tree stump I found.
Since I’m a sucker for succulents, I decided to carve out a small area within it for planting. It adds a little touch of the unexpected and helps soften the piece a bit.
A Planter Box and Lattice for Privacy
Living in the land of continual sun means the air conditioning is essential, BUT it doesn’t mean I want to stare at the unit all day either! I created an easy hanging planter “screen” with a planter box and some lattice to disguise the not-so-pretty eye sore. It was also a great backdrop to bring in even more color and greenery. This would also be a convenient way to add privacy from neighbors on a patio.
A little copper spray paint and neon string turn basic terra cotta pots into fun, and affordable opportunities to add seasonal color to even the smallest of outdoor spaces.
Working With a Small Outdoor Space
Lacking the space for a traditional outdoor dining table, a bistro set is the perfect solution for small space dining al fresco.
Not only is the scale of the patio set perfect for smaller outdoor spaces, but the cushions also make the seating ultra comfortable.
After layering in lots of potted plants, candles, accessories and colorful textiles, we now have a space that’s sure to be the most sought after spot in the house!
The best part is we can easily take everything along to wherever we land next. Thanks so much Home Depot, and Happy Spring everyone!
Shavonda Gardner lives in Sacramento, California with her wife and their two children. She describes herself as a “design lover, DIYer, treasure hunter, furniture rescuer, chronic re-arranger, and lover of color and old houses.” She writes about all that and more on A Home Full of Color.
For more patio decorating ideas and inspiration, see other Patio Style Challenges as well as our Patio Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. And browse our online Outdoor Living Department for everything you need for your patio, backyard or garden.