Posted on 22nd January 2013 in HOME & GARDEN


Designing the interior of the home comes easily to most of us. There are a lot of ideas that we can come up with and easily put together. How about the exterior of the home, such as the backyard? When it comes to the backyard, we often find it challenging to come up with astonishing ideas that we end up having a large plain backyard with grass. Backyard designing should be as diverting and exciting to design as the indoors of the home. There is so much space for you to turn it into something that will make your backyard a relaxing getaway where you can enjoy the outdoors, be closer to nature, and savor the space in your own backyard.

There are plenty of ideas that could help turn your backyard into the ideal oasis spot that you always wanted and have it fit your lifestyle whether you have enough space or not. From a garden, to outdoor kitchen and living room, to your own backyard spa, you name it. It is not impossible to create an impressive backyard as long as you plan first. List down ideas on how you want your back yard to be, then jot down ideas for landscaping and items that will suite the landscaping and theme of the back yard.

Want a place where you can have a relaxing conversation with family and friends? Make use of the patio by turning it into an outdoor living room. Place simple wicker patio chairs or lounge with bright solid colored comfy cushions. Match it with a wicker patio sofa to have more seats for family and friends. Add a wicker coffee and side table and accent it with a table lamp to add lighting in the room. Make it look like how you would design a living room indoors. The use of wicker furniture will make the design more urban and modern. Create the outdoor living room near an outdoor fireplace for a warmer feel.

If your dining room does not have enough room for your visitors and family family gathering, create a backyard dinning on the patio or place it right on the grass. Go for rectangular shaped tables for more room. Go for larger tables with six chairs to entertain more visitors. An outdoor dining is a great way to spend family dinners, romantic candlelight dinners, and barbecue with friends on a sunny day. Putting the dining set will be great under a roofed patio, but just in case you do not have a patio with a roof, place a canopy tent above it for shade and still enjoy your meal on unwanted rainy days.

Most backyards are turned into gardens. Landscaping the area will add  more scenery in the yard. Making a flagstone pathway to welcome the visitors into the garden. The pathway will be the guide and lead the visitors into each spots and scenery in the backyard. Add a fountain in an area or a waterfall that pours water down into a small pound. Water feature will add a calm and more relaxing feel in the yard.  Near the water feature, place a gazebo with wicker chairs inside or a porch swing stand where you can rest and sit while enjoying the beauty of nature. Place solar path lights along the pathway to give lighting at night and will shine amongst the pathway.

Think nature and comfort when designing the exterior of your home. Give the backyard a view and enchanting scenery that will make you and your family to spend more time outdoors. Traveling a long way for relaxation do not have to be far and time consuming. The backyard could be your perfect getaway by turning it into an outdoor haven that will serve as a way to help you cope up with stress and savour the outdoors more with family and friends.

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