If you have an existing planter, put some thought into where it’s placed and how it works with your existing patio or deck design. Do the plants work with your current planter and will they work with your new arrangement? Is the existing planter in good condition? Do you have wood, metal or stone planters? How will they affect your new design? After taking these questions into consideration, begin plotting your design ideas specifically for the new planter.
If you’re just going to paint the planter, think outside the box. If your planters are plastic or PVC, or even metal, consider colors that add texture with unique finishes like rust, antiqued metal, gold or copper. These finishes are available in spray paint kits. Many people opt for gluing on stones, mosaic tiles or customized ornaments, such as wood, stone carvings or metal pieces. Another option is a technique called decoupage. If you don’t have a planter and would like to build one yourself, see Build an Outdoor Planter or Trellis.