Creating a backyard getaway from which you can enjoy the great outdoors is an accomplishment in itself. And that’s where landscape design comes into play. Landscaping not only beautifies your outdoor space but also enhances its functionality and usability so you can relax, entertain guests or just have a peaceful walk away from busy life.
Here are ten ideas to help you create an enchanting outdoor space:
1. Install a Fireplace or Chiminea
Preferably near a seating area, install a fireplace or chiminea to add coziness to your space, especially on cold nights when the temperature starts to drop. Remember, though, that this type of open flame should be monitored at all times and should always be allowed proper clearance from combustible objects such as trees or wooden fences.
2. Add a Hot Tub
What better way to relax in your outdoor space than to add a hot tub? A hot tub will probably require a larger patio area, but it’s definitely worth the investment. Its relaxing atmosphere will be sure to keep you coming back for more! Just make sure that you also have enough room for pool furniture and accessories.
3. Enhance Lighting Features
Make your outdoor space stand out by adding lighting features such as string lights or solar-powered lights around trees, shrubs, or even on top of walls or fence posts. It’s a great idea, especially if you have children who might need some guidance going back home at night after a playdate in your backyard. String lights are available in different shapes and sizes, so you can either go simple or extravagant with your choice.
4. Make a Water Feature
A water feature is the classic centerpiece of any outdoor space. Whether it’s a pond filled with koi fish, a bubbling fountain, or a waterfall, this will surely make a statement wherever you decide to put it. This might be the best if incorporated into an area that needs some softening up since the sound of flowing water is refreshing for both the eyes and ears!
5. Add Some Greenery
Make your outdoor space feel fresh and lush by adding vegetation such as shrubs, trees, and even flowering plants that are native to your climate zone. You can also test out drought-tolerant plant options if you have a water conservation plan in your yard.
6. Incorporate Outdoor Kitchen Appliances
Add some functional perks to your outdoor space by including appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves for serving food and drinks during cookouts and parties. You can also add a wet bar sink, grills, or ovens for cooking up all kinds of tasty treats during summer. Just make sure that you have enough space, both indoor and outdoor, for these!
7. Driveways and Walkways
Create pathways in your outdoor space by paving the way. Hire reliable paving contractors for paving walkways and driveways to make it easier for you to get around. You can also pave some areas to create lounging or sitting spots. You can also add some accent pieces to spruce up the walkways, such as stepping stones, garden borders, or pathway lights.
8. Add a Splash of Color
Give your outdoor space a lively look by including colors from nature through flowers and foliage that are native to your climate zone. Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style—you have to match the colors of your décor appropriately! If you want something more vibrant, try painting walls with bright hues, especially if you have a pool.
9. Add Some Design
To really make your outdoor space stand out, add some design features to it. Try adding a pergola or arbors around the yard for added shade during hot summer days. You can also try adding an obelisk, trellis, or espaliered trees that are trained into geometric shapes to give your garden structure and definition.
10. Colorful Seating Area
Complete your outdoor space by adding comfortable seating options such as lounge chairs, chaise lounges, and hammocks in bright colors and interesting patterns. Don’t forget about tables, too! To keep things simple, you can just opt for patio furniture sets that already provide all the required pieces in one package. Furniture doesn’t have to be boring either. For a more modern look, go for brightly colored pieces or those with interesting prints.
And there you have it! With all this advice, creating your own enchanting outdoor space should be easy as 1-2-3. Follow these tips and tricks to make the most out of any outdoor area, whether it’s a patio or a backyard. Good luck!