A backyard is a special place. It’s our own little piece of the outside world, and what we do with that area says a lot about who we are. Not only will you spend a lot of time in your backyard yourself, but other people are likely to see it occasionally as well — so it pays to have it looking wonderful. In this article, we’ll look at 7 easy and fun ideas, from choosing a theme to building pergolas , aimed to spruce up your backyard and turn it into a place you can be proud of.
Choose a theme for your backyard
First and foremost, come up with an overarching theme. Perhaps you want a tropical feel with palms and pools. Or maybe you want something more romantic and cosy. You could even go with more unique themes, such as a Balinese rainforest or Mexican fiesta. Whichever theme you choose, keep it consistent across your backyard — the continuity will be appealing.
Do the little things
No matter what extra steps you take in your backyard, it’s important to do the little things right. Keep lawns mown, gardens weeded, pool cleaned, rubbish tidied and pet waste disposed of. All of these things undeniably take time, but you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful looking backyard.
Build a veranda
There’s nothing better than sitting on a lovely veranda on a lazy summer afternoon, soaking in the weather and enjoying food and beverages with friends and family. If you don’t have a veranda attached to your house, consider getting one, or if you’re not getting the most out of your present veranda, consider an upgrade. There are loads of great verandas available and it will add undeniable value to your home.
Add a pergola
Pergolas are typically frameworks supported by columns, connected by beams which run across the top. They generally provide a structure for climbing plants to grow. The pergola could act as the roof of your veranda or it could be placed at another point in your backyard, such as a walkway or gathering area. Whatever the case, it’s bound to add beauty to your backyard setting.
Purchase lawn furniture
Furniture doesn’t have to be only for the inside of your house — there is a huge range of furniture available for your veranda, gazebo or lawn which can add an extra element of class to your backyard. As well as looking great, lawn furniture also provides a great place for family and friends to gather at parties, and a great spot for you to chill out on a lazy afternoon.
Use water features
Particularly useful if you’re looking for a peaceful vibe, water features add a degree of serenity to any backyard. Whether it’s a mini-waterfall or a bubbling fountain, water features can be found at many hardware stores and online.
Add this and that
Your creativity doesn’t have to end there; there are loads of minor additions you could considering adding to your backyard if they fit in with your theme and contribute to a sense of homeliness. If you have a tree with a strong, low branch, consider hanging a swinging chair from it. Or perhaps you could link two trees or columns with a hammock. Attract some wildlife to your backyard with a bird bath or some sweet-smelling flowers. Consider dangling wind chimes wherever you can to add calming sounds on days with a light breeze.