Style your courtyard for each season to get the most out of your outdoor living area. Relaxing and entertaining in your courtyard will be enhanced by adding style elements, décor, lighting and plants that align with the seasons and holidays.
You don’t need to make large expensive changes each season when a few small changes can make a big difference in the feel of your outdoor living space. Changing up the style and feel of your courtyard seasonally makes it feel new and inviting all year round.
Style Your Courtyard for Spring
It’s time to do some spring cleaning and prepare your outdoor living space for the warmer months. This is a good time to power wash the patio or courtyard to get rid of the leaves and make your outdoor living area look new again. Wash the patio cushions if they were outside all winter and clean out the outdoor fire pit or fireplace so it’s ready for cool spring evenings.
If you drained or packed up your fountain or water feature for the winter, this is a great time to revitalize and power it up for spring so you can enjoy the calming sound of gently bubbling water while spending time outside this spring.
Once all the spring cleaning is done, it’s time to add some bright colors to your outdoor living space. Plant some seasonal flowers in pots or hanging baskets. Buy a new rug if you need one to brighten up the space and get matching outdoor furniture cushions to really bring it all together. Add some LED string lights to enhance your other lighting. If you’re a baseball fan, add some memorabilia or wall art from your favorite team just in time for opening day in early April!
Style Your Outdoor Living Space for Summer
If you’ve been thinking of getting new outdoor furniture for your courtyard, patio or deck, summer is the perfect time to do that. Make sure you choose comfortable furniture with washable cushions that match your style, so the outdoor living area becomes an extension of your indoor space.
Consider adding a cantilever umbrella with lights to stay cool during the afternoons and have additional lighting at night. Add LED string lighting, if you haven’t already, to add style to your summer evenings outside.
The calming sound of a fountain or water feature enhances spending time in your outdoor living area. Design ideas are almost limitless from a simple free-standing bubbling vase to a large built-in wall fountain or even a birdbath style fountain.
Extend your useable outdoor living space by adding self-charging solar stake lights to your walkways and paths for enjoying the long summer evenings and nights. You may want to get some tiki torches to give your outdoor gatherings a festive mood. Use citronella oil in your torches to keep the mosquitoes away and have some citronella candles on tables as well.
Style Your Courtyard for Autumn
With the change of season in autumn, you can add some new style elements that fit the season. Add some seasonal color with new throw pillows for your outdoor furniture and some cozy blankets for cool evenings. Copper trays, candle holders, flatware and décor bring a distinctive style that fits perfectly with autumn colors. With the upcoming holidays, you’ll easily find plenty of decorative ideas to spruce up your courtyard for the season.
Adding portable outdoor lamps to tables and portable heating units can make the outdoors more inviting during the cool months of autumn. If you have a fire pit or fireplace, make sure you have plenty of firewood or other fuel, so they are ready when you need them for enjoying the autumn afternoons and evenings outdoors.
If you like to garden, consider planting seasonal herbs and flowers in pots, hanging baskets or a small garden patch. Autumn is also a good time to buy outdoor furniture covers to keep your furniture looking new through the fall and winter months.
Style Your Outdoor Living Area for Winter
If you style your courtyard for each season, you will be continually energized throughout the year with your outdoor living space. Dress up your outdoor living area with heavy use of outdoor lighting ideas to make it more inviting in the winter months. Twinkling LED lights wound around a tree, red or orange lanterns and additional lighting under an outdoor umbrella can make a huge difference in the ambiance of your outdoor area.
If you don’t already have a heat source for your courtyard, patio or deck, you’ll want to get something in place along with some cozy thick blankets so you can enjoy the benefits of spending time outdoors even in the winter months. Add some faux foliage and flowers to brighten up the area with color.
With the holiday season in full swing, there are plenty of décor options to choose from to help celebrate the holidays, not to mention the Super Bowl in early Feb!
We designed our Courtyard Series floorplans to showcase the benefits of outdoor living space and incorporating fresh air and natural light into home design. These homes wrap around a private garden courtyard that is visible from all the main living areas of the home.
The large courtyards can easily be furnished with outdoor furniture, a fire pit or fireplace, fountains and other water features or whatever brings you joy! If you love to garden, there’s plenty of room for large planters, hanging baskets and border areas around the courtyard for flowers, herbs and vegetables.
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