12 ways to upgrade for under £30

It is possible to make your outdoor space more inviting for a small price. (Getty Images)

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Are you eager to make the most of your garden, patio or balcony after months locked indoors, but are discouraged from venturing outside because all the rain and wind have left your space a little tired and unattractive?

Injecting new life into an outdoor space can be done for less than you think, as we’ve found 12 smart buys that will instantly update your space, all of which cost under £30.

Scroll down to shop some of the best garden lights, seating and accessories.

1. John Lewis & Partners Solar Powered Moroccan Lights, Bronze | £18 at John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis & Partners Moroccan Solar Powered Lights, Bronze (John Lewis & Partners)

John Lewis & Partners Solar Powered Moroccan Lights, Bronze (John Lewis & Partners)

A handful of twinkling outdoor lights will make any outdoor space more appealing on balmy evenings. This chain of 20 small Moroccan style metal lanterns provides soft, ambient light perfect for outdoor dining. No batteries or external power sources are needed as they are charged via a solar stake, which you can leave enjoying the sun in a flowerpot all day.

With customer reviews giving them an average of 4.3 out of five stars, one satisfied buyer commented, “These little solar lights have been great at providing a soft glow. They’ve been coming on every night since I installed them in my garden, even when the sun is not too bright.”

2. Monochrome striped woven cotton throw | £29.50 at Marks and Spencer

Monochrome striped cotton throw (Marks and Spencer)

Monochrome striped cotton throw (Marks and Spencer)

The days can get longer, but to really make the most of your outdoor space in the UK, you’ll need to be prepared for the temperature to drop in the evening. Having this cotton and wool throw with tassels close at hand will allow you to spend more time outdoors. Best of all, it’s machine washable, so you won’t have to worry if it gets a little muddy.

3. Terra garden pot | £22 at Anthropologie

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Terra Garden Pot (Anthropology)

Statement flower pots will always catch the eye and this hand-glazed stoneware pot will make any plant a focal point. Made by marrying two halves of a cylinder that meet in the middle and dipped in a dripping glaze that always seems to extend over the textured sides, this pot looks a lot more expensive than its price.

4. Weatherproof all-weather seat cushions, by Dibor | £26 at Not On The High Street

All-Weather Weatherproof Seat Cushions (Dibor/Not On The High Street)

All-Weather Weatherproof Seat Cushions (Dibor/Not On The High Street)

Not only will these pretty floral cushions Instantly update tired old garden furniture, it will also allow you to sit more comfortably and take your time on your sunsets. Available in a choice of four prints, each set of two cushions is made from 100% sustainable cotton with a soft filling made from recycled fibres. The cushions also have a water-repellent coating, so you won’t have to rush to get them inside at the first sign of downpour.

5. Outdoor knitted pouf | £29.99 at Aldi

Outdoor knitted pouf (Aldi)

Outdoor knitted pouf (Aldi)

If you are looking to replace garden furniture but don’t want to splash out, these weatherproof hand knit beanbags offer an economical alternative to garden stools. They’re also a good option if you have lawn chairs but no loungers, as they make great footrests for you to stretch out in comfort.

6. La Jolíe Muse Lemongrass Candle – Scented Candle | £16.99 on Amazon

La Jolíe Muse Lemongrass Candle - Scented Candle (La Jolíe Muse)

Lemongrass Candle La Jolíe Muse – Scented Candle (La Jolíe Muse)

This three wick smokeless candle in an opulent marbled box makes a beautiful centerpiece and is infused with the oil of the lemongrass plant, which is believed to help repel insects. With a burn time of 25-30 hours, this candle is made from naturally biodegradable and eco-friendly pure soy wax. Practical and pretty, what’s not to like?

7. Set of 3 Gardenline woven baskets | £17.99 at Aldi

Who doesn't love wicker baskets?  (Aldi)

Who doesn’t love wicker baskets? (Aldi)

These rustic baskets are perfect for housing plants that need to be brought indoors in the colder months and then returned to the garden in the spring, as they feature convenient handles and liners. Simply fill with soil and plant your favorite flowers.

8. Woven lanterns, 15 bulbs | £28 at The White Company

Woven lanterns - 15 bulbs (The White Company)

Woven lanterns – 15 bulbs (The White Company)

these wicker effect lanterns hang from a sheer cable, which can be draped inside and out to provide an ambient glow. With 15 lanterns on 4.5 meters of clear cable, there’s enough to cover a small yard space. Battery powered and made from durable plastic, they’re built to last, but it’s recommended they be brought indoors in inclement weather and winter to keep them running at their best.

9. Ecosides 6 Glass Hanging Tea Light Candle Holders | £17.49 on Amazon

Ecosides 6 glass hanging candle holders for tealights (Ecosides)

Ecosides 6 glass hanging candle holders for tealights (Ecosides)

For a truly magical effect, scallop tree branches with these delicate mouth blown glass candle holders and light a citronella tealight (25 for £2.89 at Amazon) in each of them to make sure the only flying creatures you encounter are mythical creatures. In addition to a hanging loop on top, these glass globes have a flat bottom and can therefore also be placed on a table.

ten. Charles Bentley Large Plastic Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug – Black | £29.99 at Robert Dyas

Charles Bentley Large Plastic Indoor/Outdoor Rug (Charles Bentley/Robert Dyas)

Charles Bentley Large Plastic Indoor/Outdoor Rug (Charles Bentley/Robert Dyas)

Outdoor rugs can make a patio or balcony cozier, but they’ll usually cost you a pretty penny, which is why we were thrilled to find this large monochrome rug available for just under £30. It promises to be UV resistant so should not fade in the sun. With customers giving it an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars, one satisfied buyer wrote in a review: “Great outdoor rug, it’s been down for a while now in all weathers and looks brand new. Great buy, well made and very reasonably priced.”

11. Crystal Look Acrylic Wine Glasses – Set of 4 | £17.96 at Lakeland

Crystal Look Acrylic Wine Glasses - Set of 4 (Lakeland)

Crystal Look Acrylic Wine Glasses – Set of 4 (Lakeland)

Treat your guests to a drink in decadent, crystal-style “glassware” without fear of breakage, with these chic reusable plastic stemware, which are designed to look like cut glass (but are much lighter). Durable and unbreakable, they are ideal for parties, picnics or a sunset or three. Alternatively, for Mad Men there are also style vibes cups and one Crystal look acrylic pitcher with lid also available for purchase.

12. Vertical Planter Starter Kit | £29.99 at Aldi

Vertical planter starter kit (Aldi)

Vertical planter starter kit (Aldi)

Brighten up a dull wall or fence with this bold vertical planter which can be filled with plants of your choice, be it fruits, bedding plants or grasses. The planter would also make a great vegetable patch if filled with different herbs in each of the 12 pots.

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