Paper Lanterns - Japanese style-lanterns are an inexpensive way to add color and style to your outdoor spaces. Once limited to Asian-inspired decorating schemes, today paper lanterns come in a wide variety of designs, shapes and colors. Try a simple set of white lanterns with white lights for understated elegance, or kaleidoscope of bright lanterns for a more avant-garde lighting scheme. You can also choose different colored bulbs for additional variety. Both corded and battery operated lights can be used in paper lanterns depending on your preference.
6) Summer Flowers It takes but a few well-placed planters of flowers to create a park-like atmosphere. Planter boxes require less up-keep than in ground flowers, perfect for those of us who don't have the greenest of thumbs. A garden store expert can help you choose varieties that will match both your desired colors and the level of upkeep you're most comfortable with.