Dressing up your backyard can be so much fun because it allows you to create ‘space’ that is different than your normal everyday life. You can create a fantasy and mentally transport yourself and your guests to another world: a Mexican garden courtyard, an oriental haven, a festive carnival or an elegant European estate.
Tips for a Stylish Backyard
There is such a wide variety of patio furniture available that you will find myriad ways to fill your needs. You can create conversation areas, have a firepit table to gather around, and offer various tables and chairs for people to sit and chat.
From a huge pond with a waterfall to a tiny, trickling fountain, water adds movement and interest to a backyard.
Ponds with waterlilies and koi fish or goldfish make lovely conversation pieces; for a smaller but equally impactful statement, try an urn or oriental planter filled with water and a lily or a few fish.
Good lighting provides for safety but also creates ambiance if done right. From small tealight holders on tables to hurricane lamps strung above or hanging from hooks on walls, lighting adds an extra dimension to your outdoor decorating. Other popular backyard lighting ideas include small potlights shining up into or down out of bushes and trees, subtle pathway lighting, solar lights and even tropical torches.
Don’t forget the lighting needs for an outdoor theater and accompanying furniture this extraordinary kind of room.
Whether it is in a fire place, a chiminea pot, an elaborate fire pit or the latest in outdoor fire designs, fire and ice, there is something appealing about having a fire going outside to lure you stay a little longer to enjoy the evening.
Create a Focal Point
When you create an outdoor room, there has to be a reason to use it whether it’s functional (to eat, to swim, to cook, to relax) or it’s visual (a sculpture, fountain, fireplace, fragrant plant). Plan your yard with focal points in mind.
In today’s sheds, cobwebs have been replaced by lace curtains, rusty equipment with charming antiques, and corrugated walls with cedar shingles and window boxes. As artists’ studios, writers’ nooks, or yoga rooms, sheds have become the perfect place to pursue personal passions. They offer a hassle-free and affordable way to create more space — perfect for a child’s playroom or home office.
For Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways, Debra Prinzing and photographer Bill Wright traveled the country to find today’s most innovative and inviting sheds. Their book features more than 30 of the most inspiring, from Seattle to San Diego to East Hampton and Atlanta.
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