Tips for Upgrading Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces aren’t only comfortable, they’re also a great investment for increasing the value of your home.

Have you considered upgrading it but don’t know where to start? Whether you have acres of outdoor space or a small backyard patio, upgrading your outdoor living space can make a significant difference in your home’s overall appeal. From small improvements to major renovations, we’ve got you covered.

Below are some tips to help you enhance your outdoor space.

Evaluate Your Needs

First, think about how you will use your outdoor space.

This will help you determine what you need, what you want, and what you can realistically afford. Consider factors, like the size of your outdoor space, your budget, and materials, to create a design that will best suit your home’s aesthetic. For example, a family who loves to entertain may want to invest in a new deck or patio with ample seating and dining space. Alternatively, if you love to read, invest in a comfortable outdoor chair and a small café table to have your morning coffee.

Consider Your Style

Your outdoor space should be a place where you feel comfortable. The materials and colors you choose should bring you happiness and potentially coordinate with your home’s existing décor.

This doesn’t mean that you have to match everything exactly. Instead, consider choosing complimentary colors and textures that offer a seamless transition. For example, a modern home with clean lines and neutral colors may benefit from a sleek black aluminum fence. Alternatively, a charming farmhouse could benefit from a white picket fence.

If you’re unsure of what your style may be, contact an exterior designer or landscaper. WoodMart offers a large selection of deck, railing, and fence materials to match the aesthetic of any style.

Add Privacy

If your outdoor space lacks privacy, consider installing a fence or greenery. Fences can offer a physical barrier between your space and your neighbor’s, while trees and shrubs can offer a natural border that allows you to enjoy your outdoor space uninterrupted. Not sure what type of fence will work best for your space? Ask one of our WoodMart experts for advice.

Create Zones

To maximize the functionality of your outdoor living space, consider creating different zones for different activities. For example, create a designated barbeque area for cooking and dining, a cozy seating area for relaxing and entertaining, or a play area for children or pets. Specific zones will help to keep areas safer and more organized.

Plant Greenery

Plants and greenery can not only add a level of privacy, but also help to bring your outdoor living space to life. They can add color, texture, and interest, and help to create a sense of tranquility. When choosing plants for your outdoor living space, consider things like sun exposure, soil type, and water requirements. You might also want to consider incorporating plants that attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Install Lighting

Don’t stop enjoying your outdoor space once the sun goes down. Outdoor lighting can create a warm and inviting atmosphere, while also providing necessary illumination for walking paths and stairs. String lights are an easy yet effective way to add a soft glow to your outdoor space, while landscape lighting can highlight your home’s landscaping and architectural features.

Perform Maintenance (if necessary)

Once you’ve completed your upgrades, make sure to maintain them properly. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help to ensure your new outdoor space stays in top shape for years to come. Regular cleaning of your fence, deck or railing can keep them looking fresh and prevent damage.

Some deck, railing, and fencing materials are made to require very little maintenance, if any at all. If low maintenance is a requirement for you, contact one of our design specialists for options in that category. Our selection allows us to provide a variety of high-quality, stylish materials.


Upgrading your outdoor living space doesn’t have to be stressful.

Start with a plan, and identify your priority areas. If you’re needing additional help with the planning process, our design specialists will offer you ideas and materials for inspiration. Along with all the materials you’d need for a new outdoor deck, fence, or railing, we also have an experienced and dedicated team ready to help you create your ideal outdoor living space.

Call WoodMart today at (217) 223-3791 to get started.