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Our yards provide us with a way to appreciate the remarkable beauty of nature when we need an escape from the struggles of life. So we must add a little flair and personal style to them to create a warm, welcoming, and unique space. Check out these tips for improving your outdoor living space and find out how to achieve the ambiance you want.

Install New Lighting

When it comes to adding a bit of flair to your favorite outdoor spaces, don’t underestimate the power of great lighting. And you don’t have to do anything to fancy to achieve that warm, welcoming glow you’re seeking. A few ground-level spotlights to accentuate your plants can do the trick. Or you can hang string lights from your patio or deck for a stylish and cozy addition to the outside areas of your home.

Build a Deck

If you don’t already have one, a deck can be an excellent addition that will rejuvenate your yard. While building one may seem like a challenge, decking projects are usually pretty simple, as long as you have the right tools and materials for the job. A well-built wooden deck allows you to segment the spaces of your yard, giving it a more dynamic appearance. And best of all, the new platform also gives you more room to incorporate a gorgeous seating area, a BBQ pit, and a lovely little herb garden if you choose.

Incorporate Plants and Herbs

Integrating some beautiful foliage into your outdoor environment is another great way to spruce things up. You can do this by adding brilliant and colorful florals to your patio. Or you can go in a different direction and plant some fresh, fragrant herbs in some elegant pots of your choosing. Not only are plants perfect for adding pops of color, but they also smell fantastic. And if you happen to plant some herbs, they’ll be great to have on hand for BBQs and cookouts.

Add a Fire Pit and Seating

Adding some comfortable and functional seating to your yard can help create a more inviting and friendly space. You can do this by integrating a simple table-and-chairs patio set, or you can up the ante and get yourself an outdoor couch and wooden recliners. And if you want to go further, you can place a fire pit smack-dab in the middle of your seating. This source of warmth can become the center of your communal seating area, which you can share with your loved ones.

So when you get a hankering to revive your yard, we hope you’ll refer to some of these tips for improving your outdoor living space to get started.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.