How to Spruce Up Your Backyard for Dreamy Summer Afternoons

August 27, 2019Mandi Morrison

Our vacations sometimes just seem too short and we want to make the most of our summers. Well, in order to do that, you can turn to your backyard and create the best atmosphere possible for an unforgettable summer. And if you need some tips for sprucing up your yard, look no further as we’ve gathered the most impactful ones right here. Take note.

Get New Furniture

Sometimes all you need to breathe new life into your backyard is new furniture. Perhaps the old pieces were getting uncomfortable, boring or slowly falling apart. Looking for a new outdoor set should not be too hard seeing as how now there are so many different options and styles that everyone can find what they need. On the other hand, if this sounds too pricy or even unnecessary, you can simply replace the cushions and get some in bright colours or interesting patterns. Furthermore, you can opt for some DIY projects, such as repainting the furniture you already own. For instance, turn your white or brown pieces into something pastel, like orange or pink.

Illuminate the Space

To create a pleasant atmosphere, you should think about properly illuminating the space. When it comes to choosing the lights, your options abound. You should probably start by getting some practical lights, such as those that allow you to see the pathways in the yard so that you avoid any accidents. After that, you can purchase several string lights, from smaller to bigger varieties, and wrap them around trees or hang them up between trees or on a wall. Of course, there are also some DIY options you can try out, like making outdoor mason jar lights.

Stay Protected from the Elements

In order to enjoy your summer to the fullest, you also need to stay safe from the harmful UV rays. This is why you should consider adding some sort of covered structure to your backyard, such as a pergola. These structures are great as they allow you to spend time outdoors even when the sun is scorching or even if it’s raining. On the other hand, if your yard is of the smaller variety, you can look into quality adjustable awnings. This option can be just what you need as it is easy to attach to a wall and adapt to the position of the sun.

Think About Adding More Plants

You should also use this opportunity to connect to nature and what better way to do that than surround yourself with various plants! If your yard is pretty bare, you can plant some trees and plan for the future. However, you can also choose various decorative flowers in all sorts of colors to create a fun environment. Once again, if your yard is small, you can also plant vertically seeing as how vertical gardens are all the rage right now. Plus, they are usually not expensive and you can make them on your own. Alternatively, put a few plants in interesting pots and place them around the yard.

Create a Cozy Pool Area

If you are in the mood for a bigger project, you can also think about installing a pool in your backyard. Not only will you get a chance to have more fun but a pool will also let you cool off during hot summer days. In addition to the pool, you can also create a bar around it, get some lounge chairs, hammocks and umbrellas. You can even create a nautical theme, by incorporating blue and white colours and including anchors, ship wheels, life-savers and so on.

Add Functional but Eye-Catching Pieces

For a cozy ambiance, consider getting a fire pit. This is something you can buy pre-made or make on your own. A fire pit will be super useful for late-night get-togethers, as it will keep you warm when spending time with your friends and family. On the other hand, if you don’t want a pool or don’t have the space for one, you can also think about adding a fountain. The sound of running water can be quite calming and it is bound to improve the aesthetics of the whole space. And, last but not least, if you plan on hosting outdoor dinners, you can create a kitchen outside or just get a BBQ that will impress all your guests.

If you plan on spending the entire summer in your backyard, you should work on making it your little oasis. Hopefully, these tips gave you some ideas about what you can do when it comes to sprucing up your outdoor space. Enjoy!
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Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

 

 

 

 

 

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