As much as we all love to curl up in the living room and get cosy by the fireplace, most of us still love lounging around outdoors in our backyards. Outdoor living can also be comfortable, stylish and inviting with the greatest advantage of the healing effects of fresh air and sunshine.
However, it can sometimes be challenging to create an outdoor space that offers beauty, serenity and joy if your space and budget are limited. Fortunately, with just a few creative ideas, you can redesign your backyard so it becomes your own personal oasis.
Spruce up your patio
When you’re redesigning your backyard, it’s important to take the whole picture into consideration and balance out both your vision and your budget. By choosing one aspect of the yard to be your largest investment will allow you to allocate your resources better and create a yard you’ll be able to enjoy for many years.
A great start could be your patio. It’s often a natural extension of the home and the first place you step onto when you come out of the house, so make it as comfortable and pretty as your living room. Consider investing a little bit extra into high-quality furniture that can withstand the elements and take the beating of time. Then, you can easily and quite cheaply beautify the place by adding unique accents in the form of colourful pillows, side-tables, drinks carts and vintage ornaments.
Another useful hack is to pick furniture that can do double-duty. For instance, a bench that is a two-in-one piece is very cost-effective and maximizes the space by serving as seating and storage.
Add visual interest
There are different ways you can add interest to your backyard that doesn’t need to be limited only to choosing various plants and flowers and landscaping. Lately, a lot of focus has shifted towards hardscaping as well. While it can be quite expensive to design the whole backyard with hardscape, a cheaper option is to only add stone details that will create more visual interest and add texture and variety to an otherwise all green surroundings.
For instance, you could opt for natural stone pavers to do the area around the house, garden or the driveway. These pavers are strong, durable and beautiful and add a sense of elegance and style to any landscape design. When choosing your pavers, you need to consider their appearance, texture, colour, size and bear in mind where it will be used. Nowadays, there’s a wide choice ranging from travertine, granite, limestone, marble to bluestone and sandstone.
Grow a vertical garden
Original elements will make your backyard stand out and one such idea is creating a vertical garden. It’s a great space saver, doesn’t require much maintenance and is very affordable. They make a lovely addition to blank walls and are extremely convenient for growing herbs, vegetables and succulents.
Incorporate a water feature
A great way to upgrade your backyard is to introduce a calming element of water. You might go with a simple decorative that can be transformed into a fountain, a small pool or a waterfall feature built from natural stone and aquatic plants, you’ll surely add a vertical dimension to your outdoor space and a very unique focal point. Water features are amazing at muffling the street and they create wonderful background noise to your garden living.
All that remains to be done to turn your backyard into your own personal haven is to add accessories that will make the whole space more lively and vibrant. Try hanging outdoor string lights over the patio to add sparkle, hang fabric in your favourite colour to give more dimension and elegance to the patio area and add candles and repurposed vintage items as decorative elements.
With these simple and cost-effective garden design tips, you’ll create a gorgeous backyard that will add value to your home and improve the quality of your life.