Renovating your outdoor space can breathe new life into your backyard and transform it into the ideal spot for relaxation and enjoyment this summer. By adding decorative items such as rugs, pillows and a focal point, you can transform it into an extension of your home.
An elegant built-in or free-standing firepit can create the ideal place for relaxing during cool summer evenings.
1. Create a Backyard Oasis
Turn your backyard into an inviting space where you’ll love spending time with friends and family. No matter the size or scope of your yard or patio space, creating an oasis is possible with proper garden and landscaping ideas.
Potted plants and herbs are one of the easiest ways to add your personal touch to a patio, creating an aesthetic and decorative element while simultaneously providing privacy from nearby neighbors and blocking sound waves. Certain varieties can even repel mosquitoes and other pests from entering.
2. Add a Water Feature
Water can bring tranquility into any backyard setting, whether through its soothing waterfall, serene pond, or flowing fountain features. There are various options available to create this tranquil atmosphere in your own garden.
Bring together the style of your home and landscaping with an appropriate water feature, like this waterfall made out of large stones – it blends perfectly into this naturalistic garden!
Backyard water features provide habitat for various forms of wildlife. When selecting your design, be mindful of which species you would like to attract.
3. Create a Zoned Backyard
Create garden zones using different materials, colors and plant choices – this helps your yard function more like individual rooms in your home and enhances functionality.
Add relaxation zones, kids’ zones and other designated spots in your backyard to reduce clutter while encouraging family and friends to socialize. Hardscaping elements such as patios can reduce mowing and weeding chores while filling these areas with plants that need minimal care such as lemon balm and citronella.
4. Add a She-Shed
Unleash your creative side with a she shed designed to house all your hobbies. Create a cozy reading nook, outdoor art studio or even cocktail-hour-friendly bar space – whatever suits you best!
A shed can also make for an ideal home gym or yoga studio. By adding workout equipment, a mirror, and suitable flooring to create an organized and functional room.
5. Add Greenery
Enhancing your outdoor space with greenery not only beautifies it, but it can also promote good health. Planting flowers, shrubs and trees add color while garden walls for climbing plants create living walls.
Even small spaces can benefit from adding greenery. Make your shady porch into an herb garden by turning an empty mason jar planter into an herb garden!
6. Add Decorative Elements
Add decorative pieces like rugs, throw pillows and lanterns to make your outdoor space inviting and homelike.
Be sure that your outdoor area is safe from sun, rain, and wind with elements like pergolas, awnings, umbrellas or umbrellas as protection from the elements. Shrubs or trees can also help provide natural seclusion – helping define dining and lounge areas more clearly.
7. Add Comfortable Seating
If your backyard is large enough, try grouping seating areas together into zones, like an open-concept living room. For instance, arrange dining tables near areas receiving early afternoon sun, while lounge chairs can be put in areas that receive shade from trees or the home itself.
Choose outdoor furniture that reflects your personal aesthetic, such as wood and wicker pieces for more contemporary looks or bronzed finishes with ornate details for more traditional tastes.
8. Add Lighting
Adapt your outdoor space for night-time enjoyment with lighting designed to highlight trees and other features – Yardzen wall-mounted sconces make an attractive option!
Nothing says charming elegance like bistro lights, which help define seating areas in gardens while creating an outdoor room-like feeling. Look out for fluted or crackle-effect designs for added visual interest.
9. Add Outdoor Art
As with paintings in your home, outdoor art can add style to your garden living space. When choosing pieces for your yard’s decor, ensure they match its color palette and accessories.
Paths do more than help you navigate around your backyard; they can also be used to obscure dining or relaxing areas from view and add texture and interest.
10. Add a Bar
No matter if it’s an outdoor bar, entertaining area, or tranquil garden; its design should reflect your priorities. Consider breaking up an expansive yard into separate zones so it feels more like an interior room.
Make your backyard the ultimate entertainment zone by adding a grill and countertop, along with a pond, fountain or water feature that offers soothing sounds in your outdoor space.