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Green Living: How to Refresh Your Outdoor Space

by ecobee on 06/17/2019 in Design DIY

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Spring cultivates a sense of renewal. And as if signaling our own fresh start, the warmer weather often inspires us to peel back the layers of our homes. We can bring the same comfort and style that we experience indoors, out, with a few simple updates. The question is, where to start?

Here are 7 backyard ideas you can try to capture the spirit of the season and transform your space into a private oasis.

  1. Expand your comfort zone beyond the family room.

Hoping to up the cozy factor of your deck or balcony? Incorporate plush outdoor pillows and textured rugs into your backyard design to encourage family and friends to sit back, relax and stay awhile.

  1. Look to Mother Nature for color inspiration.

Rich, earthy hues inspired by nature’s palette lend a relaxing feel to summer’s hottest days.

  1. Grow vertical with your space.

For city-dwellers, balconies are considered a luxury, so it’s essential to think outside the traditional planter box. Try adding a plant wall add depth, greenery and perhaps even privacy to even the smallest areas.

  1. Repurpose household finds.

A fresh coat of paint breathes new life into outdated furniture and accessories. Vintage-looking end tables, mirrors, wall frames and more can infuse your backyard with warm, welcoming vibes.

  1. Light up the backyard.

Illuminate your deck, garden or walkway after the sun goes down with twinkling outdoor string lights or ambient solar lights.

  1. Embrace natural scents.

Grow aromatic plants throughout the area to add beauty and incredible smells at every turn. Lavender, mint, lemongrass and basil are some of our favorite choices.

  1. Master your smart home experience from the inside out.

Spending more time than usual outdoors? Rest assured new SmartSensor with better occupancy automatically adjusts when you’re moving in and out of priority rooms to help you save energy and money.

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