If you’ve had more time than usual in your home lately, you might have noticed your indoor spaces lack the polish they need to really stand out. However, you shouldn’t forget about your outdoor spaces either.
Your outdoor patio, lawn, or balcony can be an amazing extra living space where you can watch the night sky, entertain guests for an intimate dinner party, or just hang out and enjoy a glass of wine by yourself to unwind. If you’re ready to get creative with your outdoor space, we’ve pulled together some amazing DIY tips and tricks you can use to guide you. Keep reading to learn how to construct your very own backyard oasis.
- Figure out your theme
Before you start ordering patio sets and hammocks off the internet, it’s important to settle on a theme to help guide your furniture and décor. Will you create a low-key bohemian set-up with flowing curtains, CBDfx, a constant stream of snacks, and lots of leafy greenery? Or, maybe you prefer an all-white elegant set-up that would make Martha Stewart proud? Make sure you have an idea of your final look. Consider using Pinterest or design blogs for inspiration.
- Get a large outdoor rug
An outdoor rug is an easy way to liven up an outdoor space. Plus, it’s much cheaper than building a deck or re-doing your patio. Look for bold patterns and rugs that features a UV-resistant coating so that it will stay colorful and vivid long into the future.
- Install a fountain
A fountain is a beautiful way to add a water feature to your backyard without costing a pretty penny. You might even attract birds and other wildlife after you install it! Pro tip: choose a solar-powered fountain if you want something low maintenance.
- Set up a stock tank pool
A stock tank pool not only provides rustic charm to your backyard setup, it’s also a great way to entertain the kids and cool off during the summer. Just make sure it’s set up on level ground and away from grass to avoid water damage.
- Get creative with fairy lights
If you’re going for a more romantic look, invest in large swathes of string lights to gracefully drape around your backyard. You can also add additional accent lighting in the form of citronella candles – which keep away the mosquitoes, as well.
- Paint a fence mural
Sure, this project means you’ll need to flex your artistic creativity and have a little skill – but it’s well worth the time and effort if you can do it. Consider painting a natural scene like flowers and bees, for example. And, don’t forget to properly prep your fence before you begin your masterpiece. You should also trace and plan out your design beforehand.
- Grow a vertical garden
If you have a small outdoor space, you might not have enough room for a full garden. But, even for those that are short on room can take advantage of a vertical planter. This will allow you to grow tons of plants, fruits, and vegetables but without wasting lots of precious real estate.
- Try xeriscaping
If you live in an area with little rainfall, it can be difficult figuring out what to do about your landscaping. One potential solution? Xeriscaping.
Xeriscaping is a landscaping style that requires little or no irrigation. In order to xeriscape your backyard, you’ll need to find “xeric plants” which are typically drought-tolerant species. Keep in mind that you’ll want to plant only species that are native to your specific area. If you need a few examples, you can try Angelina sedum for ground cover, zebra grass as ornamental accents, and red bird of paradise for shrubbery.
Fill in the areas without plants with decorative stones and pebbles.
If you’re ready to redo your outdoor area, it can be overwhelming knowing exactly where to start. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your backyard space. Consider starting with low-cost projects like adding decorative accents in the form of outdoor rugs and fairy lights. You can also take on larger, more impactful projects like xeriscaping. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to building your backyard oasis.