It’s beginning to warm up and the weather outside is gorgeous! Now is the perfect time to give your backyard an upgrade. Although taking on such a project can seem overwhelming, creating your very own backyard oasis doesn’t have to be difficult and costly. The best part of designing your backyard is that it’s completely up to you to create a space that is as original and unique as you are. We put together these simple tips and ideas to get you inspired to create your very own outdoor paradise.
The key to a relaxing backyard oasis is… you guessed it! A comfortable place to sit down and kick your feet up after a long day. Outdoor seating can be as extravagant or as simple as you’d like. There are many beautiful patio sets on the market that would make a great statement piece. However, there are also very affordable DIY options that would make for a functional and cozy outdoor seating area. Pinterest has an endless amount of DIY outdoor seating projects to get you inspired.
One of the best parts of summer is enjoying the company of friends and family. With the warm weather and fresh summer air, entertaining outdoors makes perfect sense. Creating a dedicated outdoor dining area is the perfect way to ensure that you and your guests have somewhere comfortable and functional to enjoy some yummy burgers fresh off the grill or an ice cold lemonade. An outdoor seating area doesn’t have to break the bank either. Upcycling an old picnic table with a good sanding and fresh coat of paint will do wonders for your backyard.
The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the sun is about to set. Consider investing in evening lighting to keep the festivities going. String lights are an incredibly popular option as they give off a classy cozy vibe. Candles and tiki torches are also great options and can help to keep those pesky summer mosquitos at bay.
If you have children or grandchildren, then it might be time to set up a dedicated space for them to run around and play. Some of the very best memories are made right in the backyard. In fact, research shows that children that play outdoors are less likely to be obese, have improved concentration, and better moods. Outdoor playhouses, swing sets, and water tables can be easily found second hand at a huge discount.
Have you ever met anybody that doesn’t enjoy a freshly melted smore?! Nope? Me either! One of the easiest ways to elevate your backyard is with a fire pit. There are many options to choose from that range from a sturdy built in brick pit or options as simple as a portable metal pit. No matter what you choose, you are sure to enjoy many memories around the fire with your loved ones.
As you create your relaxing backyard oasis, remember that some of the littlest touches can make a huge impact. Wind chimes, known for their sweet relaxing melodies have been used throughout history to create a welcoming tranquil atmosphere. This makes them a perfect outdoor décor accent.
There is nothing quite like kicking back with a great book and absorbing some vitamin D. What better way to do that than in a comfy hammock? There are many DIY options that can be suspended between trees, but don’t worry there are also plenty of economical hammock stands on the market as well.
There is no doubt about it, the beauty of nature is all around us. Utilizing all of the gorgeous colors that nature has to offer will certainly elevate your backyard. Even if you don’t have the time or resources for a full landscaping overhaul, you can still use fresh elements to tie everything together. Think, fresh flowers or a sweet and simple planter box.
Skip the hassle of kitchen clean up and opt for a fresh dinner from the grill. There are many great reasons to invest in a grill for your backyard. Grilling instantly brings the family together and transforms boring dinner time into an exciting outdoor experience. A grill is a no-brainer when it comes to transforming your backyard into a lively outdoor space.
Having a beautiful and functional backyard doesn’t have to be difficult. Just remember that keeping up on maintenance is key to preserving a relaxing outdoor oasis. Be sure to keep up on weed removal, regular lawn mowing and watering.
Your dorm will be your home throughout your time in college, and it’s incredibly important to make it feel as comfortable as possible. It will be your space to relax and recharge after a long day, a place to do your schoolwork, and likely a spot to socialize as well.
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