Summer is here, so you know what that means—spending more time outside enjoying the warmer temperatures. If you’re looking to give your patio a new look, it can be challenging. Particularly when you’re on a budget you need to find ways to make a statement without breaking the bank.

If you’re looking for ways to spruce up your patio but aren’t sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Below are four ways you can make your patio pop, no matter how big or small it is.

Colorful Throw Pillows

Nothing says summer like a burst of color. Add a splash of color with decorative pillows. If you like a more subdued look, coordinate your throw pillows and flower beds to give a sophisticated touch to you outdoor space. Consider planting rose bushes near your patio and selecting pillows that match to give a pop of color to your patio furniture.

Swapping out your throw pillows is both an easy and cost-effective way to upgrade your patio this summer. Make sure to buy ones that are washable or come with removable cases.

Sitting Pretty

Summers are meant for backyard barbecues, eating and relaxing with family and friends. Make your patio as comfortable as possible with sling-back chairs that demand attention. You can easily make them the focal point, or you can place them in pairs where guests sit and talk.

You can also create intimate seating areas with strategically placed sofas. The key is creating a comfortable space that is inviting, laid back and makes it easy for your guests to mix and mingle. Don’t forget to include coffee tables or side tables for guests to put their drinks or refreshments on.

Build a Pergola

Make your patio an outdoor oasis with cascading flowers, vines and ivy. If you’re not DIY savvy, enlist the help of pergola builders. Similar to a gazebo but without a raised floor, these beautifully designed pieces add flair to any outdoor space. These shaded spaces also help to keep your patio cool during those hot summer months. This can be particularly useful if you have a western facing backyard and want to enjoy easing into the evening without having the sun bother you too much.

Keep in mind that size really isn’t that important. Pergolas can be built to fit just about any sized space.

Outdoor Lighting

Nothing sets the mood better than lighting. Even when used outdoors, it can transform drab to fab without you having to spend a lot of money. If you have a large outdoor area you can line the pathway to your patio, or you can even place outdoor lighting the trees and bushes. If your patio is small, you can put pretty lights in decorative jars to use as centerpieces. Don’t be limited by electricity though. Torches and candles are effective at lighting a smaller space and when used with citronella can even help to keep mosquitoes away.

Whether you have a lush garden or only a tiny patio, now’s the time to take advantage of warm weather. Minimal changes can make a massive impact, so it’s also a good idea to start small.