In need of some updates for your backyard hangout? Before getting started, evaluate the current vibe or style of your home and decide what you are looking to accomplish with your backyard space.
- The Materials: When it comes to choosing the materials for your space, there are plenty of options to explore. Does your home have a Mediterranean feel to it? Stone or terracotta may be the route you want to take to complement the existing style of your home. If your home is more traditional, try using brick pavers or even building on an extended deck to transition from indoors to outdoors this summer. A third option to consider is utilizing concrete for a more neutral approach. For those with a larger yard wishing to create a more secluded backyard space, try creating a stone or tile pathway leading to another area of the yard.
- The Design: For those of you who get a lot of afternoon and evening sun at the back of your house, it is worth the time to consider adding a pergola, arbor, awning, or trellis to cut down on some of those UV rays while still enjoying the outdoors. Other things to consider are things like a fire-pit or an outdoor kitchen. If you tend to enjoy spending your evenings relaxing in the backyard, a fire-pit may be the perfect low-key touch for you. On the other hand, if you are always having people over for backyard barbecues and cookouts, it might be time to consider creating a space specifically meant for cooking and grilling. Before tackling any of these things, be sure to evaluate how you most often use your backyard and patio space.
- The Décor: Patio décor has a wide range of styles and options ranging from casual to chic. If you are looking for something more casual, try getting some traditional patio furniture with comfy cushions for people to relax in. For a more chic approach, adding an outdoor dining set for hosting meals and gatherings may be something to try. Finally, adding potted plants, lanterns, torches, or strands of lights can really step up your backyard oasis and put the finishing touches on a summer spent outdoors.
For those of you looking to upgrade your backyard style this summer, don’t be afraid to try new things, but always remain true to who you are and how you, your family, and your friends typically utilize your backyard patio space. Think outside the box, and enjoy creating a space perfectly designed for you!
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