Is your backyard more beach shack than beachfront? No matter what your ideal vacation destination looks like, whether it’s calm and relaxed or lively and energetic, take inspiration from your favorite exotic escapes and bring it into your own outdoor space. Transform your boring backyard into an oasis this summer with these tips.
Life of the Party
If your home is the place to be on long weekends, summer holidays and you love a good excuse to have a backyard party, amp up your outdoor space with a few new additions. Brighten up your patio furniture with washable and weatherproof pillows in bright pops of color and/or bold prints. Use the same accent color in other areas of the patio space, like table settings or flower pots, to bring the entire theme together. Add a stylish fire pit to your backyard; after the sun goes down, everyone can gather around the pit to share stories and laughs. No party is complete without music, but nobody wants to listen to summer jams on a poor-quality speaker. Opt for a waterproof bluetooth speaker that’s portable; this way you can take the music wherever the party goes.
Design your backyard retreat to resemble your favorite spa. Don't stress, it’s easier than it appears. First, begin by adding a slightly elevated patio deck made from natural-looking wood composite. This type if material holds its own over time much better than wood and makes maintenance much easier, too. Choose a color scheme that evokes a sense of calm and balance — greens, blues and neutrals like Earth tones are all great options. Next, be sure to add some shade. Choose a few large umbrellas in the same color scheme to keep the look of your outdoor retreat cohesive. If you’ve always dreamed of having your very own outdoor rain shower, you can now make your dream a reality with a simple DIY. Lastly, if you want to add some privacy to separate your spa-like oasis from other areas of the backyard, consider planting a few easy-to-maintain shrubs or bushes.
Take your kitchen outdoors with a kitchen island. With the addition of a kitchen island, you will have all of the grilling and cooking necessities at your fingertips. If you’re the cook of the household, you shouldn’t have to be stuck indoors while everyone else gets to enjoy the summer weather outside. Now that you have this great new addition, neighbors and friends will be flocking to your home. Make sure that you’ve got enough comfortable seating for everyone, and keep a picnic table with benches nearby for those extra guests who might drop in for your famous kabobs. Dinner parties can last into the twilight, so keep your space illuminated with stylish globe string lights and a few outdoor lanterns placed along your pathways.
With improvements and additions like these, from firepits and outdoor showers to kitchen islands and chic outdoor lighting, your backyard living space will be the envy of the neighborhood.