Mount Pleasant, Norwich:  Terrace by Studio Urban Blu

14 easy (and cheap as chips) upgrades for your patio

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Knowing how you can add a little personality and zing to your patio isn't always easy. Throw a tight budget into the mix as well and it's going to be all the more tough.

With that in mind, we had a look around at what landscape architects have been doing with people's terraces to see if we could find any cheap and easy ideas. And wouldn't you know it, we did! 

Take a look at these brilliant suggestions and see which you might fancy trying out this weekend. You'll only need a few hours and it could make your garden the envy of the neighbours.

1. A simple fire pit will look so stylish and keep you warm. Double bonus!

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homify

Small city garden After 2

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2. Spotlights are simple to install and so impactful. Use them to light particularly pretty plants

A Roof Garden, Chelsea:  Terrace by Bowles & Wyer
Bowles & Wyer

A Roof Garden, Chelsea

Bowles & Wyer

3. The ultimate in easy patio upgrades, a pot of brightly coloured flowers on your table will always look gorgeous

4. If you already have some seating on your patio, adding some eye-catching cushions will instantly liven up the scene

5. Large planters can be painted in a matter of minutes and the impact will be instant

Vibrant Roof Terrace:  Terrace by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Vibrant Roof Terrace

Yorkshire Gardens

6. Start training climbers up a fence panel to add some luscious greenery

7. Give some furniture a lick of paint to brighten the set up. You don't even need to paint everything, as you can just do the chairs

Mount Pleasant, Norwich:  Terrace by Studio Urban Blu
Studio Urban Blu

Mount Pleasant, Norwich

Studio Urban Blu

8. Romantic lantern lighting is as easy as pie. Add a candle and away you go!

9. Paint some of your decking to make a really stylish outdoor area. We love this half natural, half black look

London Bridge, London:  Terrace by Urban Roof Gardens
Urban Roof Gardens

London Bridge, London

Urban Roof Gardens

10. Plant some borders with good ground-covering shrubs. They'll grow quickly and look gorgeous in spring

​Garden Terrace at Newton Road House in the evening.:  Terrace by Nash Baker Architects Ltd
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

​Garden Terrace at Newton Road House in the evening.

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

11. A simple lean-to patio cover will add all-weather usability to your garden

Patio Canopy:  Terrace by Living Space
Living Space

Patio Canopy

Living Space

12. Privacy screens on your patio might sound a little weird but they'll simply make the area feel cosy and boxed in. Perfect for evening socialising!

London Bridge, London:  Terrace by Urban Roof Gardens
Urban Roof Gardens

London Bridge, London

Urban Roof Gardens

13. What can be simpler than popping some sun loungers on your patio? Instant luxury and no effort required

14. Here's one for all the party animals. Create a bar from a window that meets your patio! All you need is some worktop and a few stools

Coeur D'Alene Residence:  Terrace by Uptic Studios
Uptic Studios

Coeur D'Alene Residence

Uptic Studios

For more outdoors inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 20 Clever Garden Ideas You've (Probably) Never Tried.

Which of these simple ideas are you eager to try?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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