New Year, new backyard! What better way to ring in the New Year than a few quick upgrades to your outdoor space? Even in the middle of winter, there’s a lot that you can do to spruce up your yard not only for the summer season ahead, but also the chilly winter nights as well. We’ve prepared a bundle of ideas to enhance your poolside decor for seasons to come, so make a beautiful backyard one of your New Year Resolutions! Keep reading for inspiration.

Use the holiday sales to your advantage and invest in a colorful outdoor rug for your outdoor space. Adding an outdoor rug is an easy method of bringing new or complementary colors into your backyard landscape. It also adds in some color that your yard may be lacking while you’re well into wintertime, and the best outdoor rugs will be just as vibrant come the summertime. Whether you go bold or neutral is up to you, but keep your outdoor set-up in mind when it comes to placement: the rug should be closest to what you define as your outdoor sitting space or patio.

You can never go wrong by hanging up some twinkling lights across the backyard. With a certain magical quality about them, string lights add a touch of comfort and warmth to your yard, perfect for the cold winter days as well as warm summer nights. The added lighting is a safety bonus as well since you won’t be tripping over things in the dark. Hang the lights in close by trees or bushes, or if you want to be more elaborate, string across your yard from tree to tree or across a canopy. The twinkling is reminiscent of stars, adding romantic flair to your outdoor space.

Perfect for winter and summer alike, a fire pit is the ideal gather-round space for friends and family to warm up on chilly nights. Placed a reasonable distance from your house (for safety!), a fire pit with some durable seating around it adds another outdoor seating area to your yard’s composition. There are hundreds of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from, so browse your local stores for the best fire pit to match your vibes. There’s nothing better than roasting marshmallows over a fire or letting the fire warm you up after a dip in the pool; don’t miss out on those feelings!

If you have the money to invest, building an open-air gazebo is a good option for homes looking for some more living space that they can’t find indoors. Both beautiful and functional, these can be gathering spaces in cold or hot weather alike, shielding occupants from the elements, whether it’s a light snow or the beating sun. Adding some heat lamps and cushions will make it fit for wintertime coziness while adding a bug net and fans will prepare it for the summer heat. Usually, these spaces are built with a home’s style in mind, but it’s up to you and what you want to do with your outdoor oasis overall.

If your budget is more constrained, you’ll be surprised what a few potted plants can do for your poolside space. Planting some colorful flowers and maintaining them through their blooming seasons may seem like more work for you, but if you rotate flower styles with winter bloomers and summer bloomers your yard will always have an added pop of color, with only half the work each season. As an added touch, customize your pots with some quick and simple paint jobs to go with your yard.

For a more practical poolside improvement, buy a new safety cover for the next season. Instead of a default color, invest in a designer colored cover or a custom, personalized one for an added touch of flair in your yard. Your pool will blend in beautifully with its surroundings when covered, while also providing an extra layer of safety for your loved ones running around the backyard.

There are hundreds of more ways to make your backyard space feel brand new, but these are some of our favorites. It’s time to start anew in honor of the New Year, and what better place to start than your outdoor space. Happy New Year!