Your backyard should be much more than a place for your kids to play. It should be an area where the entire family can relax together and enjoy the warm summer atmosphere. If your backyard currently doesn’t meet this criteria, consider adding these features to produce the outdoor living space of your dreams.
Install an Entertainment Center
What’s more romantic or fun for the family than a movie under the stars? Make it possible to enjoy get-togethers with an outdoor entertainment center. Encase a water-resistant television in a weatherproof case and install speakers on your patio to create an outdoor surround-sound experience everyone will appreciate.
Construct or Spruce Up Your Patio or Deck
If you don’t have a patio or deck, you need one. It’s the absolute best place to create an outdoor living area. If you already have a patio or deck, but aren’t very happy with it’s appearance, dedicate some time and money to sprucing it up. It could be as simple as improving the flooring with a coat of paint or an accent rug, or it could involve a complex renovation, including getting all new furniture and adding shade with umbrellas or a vined pergola. Either way, it’s an extremely important part of outdoor living.
Erect Outdoor Structures
If you have a lot of empty space in your backyard, it’s always a good idea to fill it with an attractive outdoor structure. Whether it’s a gazebo or a vine-covered pergola, outdoor structures both beautify your yard and raise your property value. Pergolas are a particularly popular backyard trend this year, and it’s the perfect way to use the open spaces of your lawn for relaxation and entertaining.
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Move Living Spaces Outside
For a truly picturesque and soothing outdoor space, think of decorating your patio or deck area as simply moving your living room and/or kitchen outside. Though you’ll want to look into purchasing durable and weather resistant furniture and appliances, the science behind decorating the interior of your home applies to decorating the seating region of your yard.
Incorporate Stylish Lighting
It may seem strange to suggest using lighting in your backyard where the sun shines freely. However, lighting is an integral part of creating an incredible outdoor atmosphere. If you have a pergola, you can hang lanterns or even chandeliers for an elegant look. Otherwise, use strings of lights, candles, or solar lights to brighten up your outdoor space when the sun goes down or on overcast days.
Include Water Features
Water features are not only calming and peaceful, but also aesthetically pleasing. If you don’t have a pool, consider getting a hot tub. You could also install a small fountain, man-made waterfall, koi pond, or a recycled stream. It will give your backyard the exotic, yet natural look that’s currently popular.
Grow a Massive Flower Garden
The key to an elegant backyard is found in the landscaping, but if you want something truly unique, grow a giant flower garden. Don’t just plant a few begonias and call it good. Think 19th century walks with stone paths, shrubs, flower bushes, vined pergolas, and water fountains. It won’t be easy to maintain, but it will look incredible.
Add Designated Paths
Simple flagstone or brick paths are beautiful additions to any yard. It makes walking from one attraction to the next a breeze. It also helps to add definition to your landscaping and define the different sections of your backyard. This addition is generally affordable and easy.
Amazing backyard getaways don’t have to be reserved for the rich and famous. With a little creativity and hard work, you too can have a breathtaking, relaxing backyard escape.