Autumn and winter might have their charm and benefits, but they make us crave a little warm outdoor leisure time. When the snow thaws and the weather turns pleasant again, you’ll want to take advantage of the sun and fresh air. What better way to do this than to do a little redecorating in your outdoor space?
Make it as comfortable as possible and you won’t be spending much time indoors unless you have to. If you’re short on ideas but want to give your backyard and garden a bit of flair, you’re in luck. Here are a few sweet ideas that will make your outdoor space a gorgeous oasis that you and your family can enjoy throughout the season.
1. Build a DIY wood deck
There’s nothing cozier than having a backyard deck that you can enjoy throughout the warmer months. However, building one can be quite the chore. Getting the right contractor and designer to make your vision come alive is harder than it looks. On the other hand, what’s stopping you from building one on your own?
It’s not the most difficult DIY job out there. You don’t even have to worry about finding the materials. There are many custom wood deck packages that will provide you with everything that you need to build a deck of your own. No carpentry or previous deck-building experience required.
2. Grow some vertical gardens
When you think of gardening, you’re probably thinking in two dimensions. If there’s free ground space in your backyard, you might consider adding a few practical and decorative plants. On the other hand, the ground isn’t your only option. You can get very creative results by using vertical gardening techniques.
Consider the free space on walls and fences in your backyard. Hanging a few pots on them isn’t too difficult, but it can produce gorgeous results. Wall gardens often incorporate lots of vines and hanging plants. They cover a lot of surfaces, making the vertical garden look lush and vibrant. Add a few colourful bells as well. The more colour you add, the more alive the wall will look.
3. Add a fire pit
Nighttime in the backyard is charming enough on its own, but it can be made even cozier with the addition of a small fire. Imagine roasting marshmallows and spending quality time with family by the bonfire. It’s not as far-fetched of an idea, as fire pits are relatively easy to install in any backyard.
All you need is a few rocks, some seating, and a fuel source for the fire. Most homeowners use propane tanks to quickly start a flame when they want to enjoy some time by the fire. You can use wood or charcoal as well. As long as you properly store your fuel source, you should be able to avoid any untimely accidents.
Since you don’t want parts of your backyard in flames, it’s recommended that you create a small perimeter around the fire pit with no plants. Avoid putting the pit underneath branches of a tree, for obvious reasons. Make sure you have enough rocks to contain the fire where you want it. The great thing about a fire pit is that it can be converted into a makeshift barbecue when you need it.
4. Create ample shade
Spending time in your personal outdoor space lets you enjoy a little bit of fresh air and sun when you need it. As we all know, the sun can be a little too hot to handle during the summer months. On the hottest days, the sun’s rays are hardly enjoyable. Instead of sweating your brows off or getting sunburnt, you might want to enjoy that fresh air on your porch with a bit of shade.
Pergola covers and awnings are great solutions for this problem. They’re easy to install and require very little maintenance. If you want a little extra control in your shade, you can even get a retractable awning. They’re especially useful if the weather isn’t exactly predictable and you don’t want to switch covers every other day.
5. Add some personal touches
No outdoor space is finished without a few finishing touches. You want to make your backyard and garden feel like the rest of your home. This means personalizing wherever you can while keeping the aesthetic consistent.
Any outdoor furniture you have should have lots of pillows and coverings to allow for the utmost comfort. At the same time, choosing the right colours, patterns, and textures will contribute to the desired look.
Plants can and should be nestled into attractive pots. Using the same kind of blank pot for every plant on your porch will get old after a while. Finding designer plant stands that match your tastes is easier than ever, and you can have them compliment the plant itself. This can make for a very attractive display if you match them correctly.
6. Play around with shapes
Outdoor spaces tend to have very diverse geometry. Consider all the different plants you can introduce that will bring a wealth of colours and shapes. But that’s not all. You can even introduce accessories that will complement these shapes in interesting ways.
Having lamps in your backyard is crucial if you want to enjoy some leisure time at night. LED lights integrated into the ground can help create a scenic view that illuminated the garden. Putting them on poles along a walking path also works wonders. However, your porch might benefit from a bit of variety.
Use hanging paper lanterns to add soft lighting to your outdoor area. It should be strong enough to allow you to read books at night, while not irritating your eyesight. They’re especially great if you aim for oriental-inspired aesthetics in your home’s design.
There are many great ways to decorate your outdoor area. There’s extra space to go around and you aren’t limited by much save for your imagination. Introduce some of the above examples and you’ll find that spending time in your backyard will be more relaxing than you could have imagined.