You step into your beautiful backyard on a warm spring afternoon, but something is missing: it reminds you of the dull winter days that are now behind us. Pretty soon, you’ll be inviting friends over for an outdoor gathering, but you’re embarrassed by your backyard’s appeal. Here are four essentials you need (and we swear by) if you’re looking to freshen up outdoor space: 


New Pillows. We’ve all been to an outdoor gathering where the seating is quite uncomfortable - don’t be that host. Fluff and throw down some pillows - your guests will be happy you did. Add these bright colors to your swing and table set chairs. You can even create a space for kids on the ground - sort of like a mini fort from when you were a kid! 

Trees. Let’s look beyond fabric and focus on the one element every yard needs: greens! Buy large pots and plant mini trees and flower arrangements in them. Not only will it create a wonderful aroma, but it will also boost the flow of oxygen and create a little bit of cozy privacy in your yard. 

Lighting. When you’re hosting an evening party, the last thing you want is for it to go dark. Light up the night with Edison-inspired lights or anything that creates a festive atmosphere. Go the extra mile and add a fire pit as well! 

Awnings. Now, your friends come to this party of yours and it starts raining. But inside your home, it’s a mess and you don’t want to postpone. This has happened to many more of us than we’d like to admit. That is why we recommend you install a residential custom awning above your patio to keep everyone (including your patio) dry. Even for those super sunny afternoons, your guests will stay cool and shady all day long. 


Your outdoor space should not only look appealing - it should also be functional for when you invite guests over. If you checked everything off your patio makeover list but still need an awning, call Dean Custom Awnings. We offer some of the best top selling residential awnings and can offer you professional advice on your home’s needs. To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.