With the last year and a half leading to many of us being confined to our homes the only opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors was from the comfort of our own backyard. With all of this time spent in your garden, you might be feeling inspired to give your outdoor living space a lift.
Between relaxing, entertaining and enjoying family meals together, your outdoor living space is an important part of your home and worthy of your time and attention. Whether you have a balcony, terrace, or a backyard, in this article, we’ll explore some simple design ideas to give your outdoor space the love it deserves.
Decide how you would like to use your outdoor space to determine your color palette.
If you are looking to create an oasis of calm choose relaxing colors such as creamy whites and sky blue. Green also complements the natural outdoor surroundings and can help induce a feeling of relaxation and rest.
To liven your outdoor space up instead, perhaps for entertaining purposes, then think bold blues, reds and yellows which can be incorporated into the furniture and used to accessorize through brightly colored hammocks, wall design and a selection of flower pots.
Whether you’re having a relaxing evening with a book or entertaining family and friends late into the night nothing sets the mood better than your choice of lighting.
Create a sense of intimacy and wonder with a draping of fairy lights across your balcony, terrace or pergola, or use lanterns to add tasteful décor to your outdoor space as well as a luminous glow once the sun goes down.
Electric garden lighting such as in-ground spotlights or spike lights can also be installed as permanent features to illuminate your outdoor living space.
As the sun sets and the evenings become colder you can continue to enjoy your outdoor space by adding some warmth through heated lamps or by introducing a bright glow through the element of fire.
A fire pit can be an outdoor feature that transforms an otherwise ordinary space into a warm and inviting spot for guests to gather around at night. This can be as simple as a hole in the ground or something more elaborate such as granite, marble or lava glass.
Introduce a sense of serenity to your outdoor space with a water feature. Adding to your sensory experience, the tranquil sounds of flowing water can soothe the soul and induce feelings of harmony and relaxation making them the perfect addition to an outdoor sanctuary or retreat. If you live close to a body of water such as the ocean or a lake, experienced landscape designers such as Malone’s Landscape can help you incorporate this natural feature into your outdoor living space.
No matter the size of your space, water features can be incorporated in all shapes and sizes ranging from a small shop-bought fountain to a Japanese Koi pond with a cascading waterfall.
With these four backyard design ideas to fall in love with, your outdoor living space will be transformed into a place you will want to stay all year round.