A backyard is a special place in every person’s home. It’s an extension of your house and can be a great place to host a party for your guests or enjoy a night beneath the stars with your family. However, when you live in a smaller home, there tends to be the challenge of finding ways to make it feel more spacious.
People forget and don’t usually think to utilize the space in their backyard to add the extra square footage. If they do, they’ll think it’s too expensive because they’ll have to hire a landscape designer or architect to do the legwork. But there are ways that don’t require heavy maintenance to set the ambiance for your yard.
Not sure where to start when renovating your outdoor space? Look no further! We’ve got some ideas for you to help create your dream backyard.
Start With Your Furniture
Choosing the right outdoor furniture for your backyard can be the one thing that triggers the rest of your inspiration. Make sure you choose durable furniture and bright colored fabrics to make it pop. This way, the furniture will be aesthetically pleasing no matter the time of year and will be strong enough to last throughout every season.
Add a Patio Table with a Fireplace
Usually, people think about adding a fire pit which can be incredibly fun. However, if you want to add an extra hint of modern class to your backyard, upgrade to a patio table with a fire pit. They have a sleek design you’ll love and still serves their purpose to keep you warm while roasting marshmallows with the kids.
Get Creative with Your Seating
Especially with smaller spaces, it’s important to utilize furniture with the dual purpose of added storage. Think about utilizing wall space to put a large outdoor ottoman against. Add brightly colored accent pillows and cushions for comfort and design. No one will realize they’re sitting on storage and it makes the most of the overall space.
Create an Accent Living Fence
At first, this may sound like a big endeavor, but the reality is that it can be done quite easily by anyone willing to put in a little work. All it requires to create a living fence is to train a plant or tree to grow into a specific pattern. It adds texture and design to what may be an empty wall in your backyard.
It’s All in The Lighting
A little light goes a long way and can really set the ambiance for your backyard. String lights are a fan favorite of many landscape designers. You can set them up to create a whimsical feel or use bulkier string lights to make your backyard feel like you’re dining in a bistro setting above your patio or picnic table.
Repurpose Curtains and Drapes
If you want to add a little privacy in your backyard without setting up a fence, consider using old drapes or curtains. You’ll feel like you’ll be dining in a cabana under the summer sun for an added element of elegance.
Create Your Own Stepping Stones
Adding stones around the perimeter of the lawn or as stepping stones through your yard is a beautiful, natural, and free way to enhance your backyard. If you want to get creative, you can carve your own designs into the rocks, such as etching leaf patterns. If you’re up for the challenge, you can also cast your own personal designs with a quick-mix concrete.
Enhancing your backyard or creating your dream patio doesn’t have to be as difficult or costly as you might think. Visit your local thrift stores or hit up local garage sales for inexpensive decor or outdoor accessories. Most importantly, have fun with it! It’s your home and should be a reflection of you and your style. Make it as cozy or as elaborate as you want.