Inspiring Ways to Perk Up Your Patio With Just Paint (or Chalk!)

Inspiring Ways to Perk Up Your Patio With Just Paint (or Chalk!)

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Taryn Williford
Mar 29, 2016
(Image credit: Molly Winters)

Feeling like your outdoor space is looking a little... gray? The right decor can help a lot, but there's nothing quite as impactful as actually taking brush to concrete and making over the space. We collected a handful of smart ideas that can transform a porch, patio or balcony with just a can of paint (or maybe even a box of chalk, for the renters).

Above, this Austin home on Country Living, designed by Kim Lewis, turns a simple set of stairs into a paint-chip-bright kaleidoscope of color.

(Image credit: Laurey W. Glenn)

Give a concrete floor some interest and dimension with a subtle pattern, like the stripes here on this porch from Southern Living.

(Image credit: Sarah Hearts)

Or try out a more whimsical pattern. Sarah Hearts used sidewalk chalk to trace this leaf pattern on to her cinderblock walls in Los Angeles. You can get the template for the leaf pattern on her blog.

(Image credit: Better Homes and Gardens)

Finally, if you have the ambition and the artistic skills, you can try to paint a rug right on your concrete floor, like this Better Homes and Gardens reader did. There are more in-progress photos and some advice on BHG.com if you want to try this one for yourself.

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