Turning your backyard into an outdoor retreat doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. If you spend a good majority of your time outside, you should make the most out of your outdoor space. A backyard should be just as comfortable and inviting as the inside of your home. A good place to start is by creating traffic patterns no matter how big the size of your yard. Traffic patterns can be created by laying walkways, establishing corners by planting shrubs, or creating shifts in hardscape materials.
Add An Outdoor Fireplace
Everyone loves to curl up in front of a fireplace when it’s cold outside. Not only will it keep you and your guests warm, but a fireplace draws people together. If you have the space, you should put in a full-size fireplace. If you prefer something smaller and more affordable, a fire pit is a popular option.
If you enjoy entertaining and having family and friends over often, a variety of outdoor seating options should be a top priority. Incorporate chairs, benches, bar stools and kid friendly seating to keep your guests comfortable while outdoor entertaining. The goal is to have enough seating available without blocking your traffic patterns. If you have a smaller outdoor space, move your dining table or bench closer to a corner.
If you have a garden, a focal point will direct and draw the eye. A garden with a nice flow can be passed over if there is no focus. To bring more attention to your garden you can add a birdbath, a large cimicifuga plant, a group of ferns, or even large boulders. If you do not have a garden, you can create a focal point with a piece of artwork, a coy pond, water feature or dramatic ornament. You can find unique small accents at a flea market, from a friend or even a garage sale.
As the seasons change, so will your taste in your outdoor accent colors. Luckily, this is easy and inexpensive to frequently change. You can find great refreshed slipcovers, accent pillows and even umbrella shades at your local discount stores.
Whichever outdoor room decorating idea you choose, you should ensure your outside space is easily accessible to your indoor rooms. When designing a patio or deck, place it in an area that is in a traffic pattern to your living room or master bedroom.