Summer is upon us, which means we will all be wanting to spend more time outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather. If your backyard is leaving something to be desired, though, we have some ideas to make it a destination you’ll look forward to spending time in.
Just a few new elements can transform a backyard and you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to make it your own personal oasis. There are a lot of creative backyard ideas that you can spend a little or a lot on depending on your budget.
Here are some of our favorite creative backyard ideas to inspire you.
Creative Backyard Ideas
Add lighting for ambiance
The right lighting can completely transform a space, especially outdoors. There are a lot of fun ways to light a backyard. We recommend installing a few sources of lighting to keep it varied and interesting, such as in-ground lights along a pathway, string lights over the dining or seating area, and rope lights around oak or palm trees. Uplighting is another a great feature to make your landscaping look more upscale at night and create a beautiful sense of ambiance.
Install a fire pit
A fire pit is a wonderful backyard feature to have. Not only does it look great within the landscaping, but it also offers a nice place around which to gather with friends and family to relax, especially during the winter months. You can place it on your patio or build a separate patio for the fire pit. A round patio made of stone or pavers looks great for this with the option of building the fire pit right into it, and you can easily arrange seating around it.
Install a water feature
A water feature is another great way to take advantage of the elements. Something as simple as a waterfall provides a relaxing sound and visual component to your backyard. Or, you can go a step further and install a small pond that will make your backyard truly feel like an oasis.
Create shade with a pergola
If your backyard gets a lot of sun, consider installing a pergola to combat it and offer some shade. You can then put a seating area or dining area beneath it. We especially love the look of vines growing over a pergola to create a dreamy garden effect that makes the pergola become a part of the landscape. You can even hang string lights or a chandelier from it to make it extra charming.
Create an outdoor movie theater
Outdoor movie nights are becoming more and more popular since projectors have become so affordable. You can project the movie right onto an empty wall of your house or purchase an inflatable outdoor movie screen that goes up in minutes so you can enjoy fun, relaxing movie nights right in your backyard!
Bring indoor elements outside
To create a comfortable and stylish backyard, bring décor elements from the inside to your outdoor living areas. For example, place an outdoor area rug under your seating, accessorize the furniture with accent pillows, and hang curtains around the patio for shade and style.
Get creative with your landscaping
Of course, the most beautiful backyards have great landscaping. You don’t necessarily have to do anything extravagant, though, to take advantage of nature. Hang a hammock between two large trees, create privacy with full green hedges, and create wall art with some lattice work and succulents. Nature can be used in a variety of ways to create a truly magnificent backyard.