Many say “do not judge a book by its cover”. Can the same rule apply for your home? When you think about it, a lot of people actually see your home only from the outside.
Here are some ways to refresh the outdoor spaces in your home:
Make your garden colourful
Natural and neutral colours are perfect for your living rooms, but in the garden they just blend in with the plants. Try using various accessories in bold colours. Get rid of all the old and faded cushions and replace them with new bright colourful ones. Refresh every pot with a touch of light red or orange to add some warmth to your garden and use shades of blue and green for your chairs and tables. For making your garden even more playful and ready for summer, paint your fences and sheds into gentle shades of blue and green. This design will give you the impression of being at the beach even when you are in your own garden.
Use lights for mood and drama
Many people actually overlook lighting features when decorating their yards. However, lighting can be useful when it comes to safety at night, and helps in creating a mood. Light up your walls with dimmable wall-mounted lights so you can set up some romantic mood lighting when needed. Illuminate your yard and garden with solar-powered LED lights and bright up your driveway with some torches. Additionally, by properly positioning the lighting you can emphasise the attractive features of your garden and let the less attractive corners be in the shadows, which can create a dramatic effect.
Outdoor kitchen? Why not!
Think about building an outdoor kitchen and save yourself some time during the summer. If you like hosting outdoor parties, in your new kitchen you can avoid being stuck inside and you can have fun with people while cooking. The key feature should be the grill for endless barbies. Also, set up a fridge, sink and cupboards so you will never have to make trips to the indoor kitchen.
All that is left to do is put some comfortable seating in your garden. If your yard is big it can handle a big farmhouse table with a custom built bench. However, in smaller spaces the best seating would be brightly coloured wicker chairs or a small wooden bench with soft throw pillows. When choosing the seating, make sure it’s comfortable because you may want to spend hours reading a book or chatting to friends.
You already have the colours of the sea in your yard and only thing that is missing is the peaceful sound of flowing water. Setting up a water fountain will do the trick. You can choose from the large freestanding ones to cute little tabletop models, and whatever you choose you cannot go wrong. Also there are variety of shapes and forms, from antique looking ones to exotic heavenly water fountains. If you want to go all out why not set up a koi pond and fill it with colourful carp. Because these ponds are suitable for mild climates, one of Sydney’s landscape design specialists recommend having them to add some exotic atmosphere to your garden.
If you plan to spend the summer at home, these five features are a must for your yard and garden. Redecorate and you can have a family vacation right at home and it will be the best vacation ever.
Do you have any tips for making the backyard more enjoyable? Please share in the comments below.
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