Amalia Giles Backyard June 18th, 2018 - 23:41:18
Rain chains, called "kusari doi" in their native Japan, make beautiful and practical backyard decor. Although rain chains have been used for centuries in Japan to gather water, these days in the west they're used primarily for draining water from the roof. However they're used, rain cascading down these chains makes stormy weather look and sound a little more cheerful. Usually made from copper or stainless steel, the chains may be simple interlinked loops or more fanciful rows of tulip or lily cups. To use a rain chain, just remove your downspout and put the rain chain in its place. To complete the look, place a matching copper rain basin under the chain.
Topiaries--trailing plants grown on wire forms--make eye-catching backyard decor for both formal and casual landscapes. For an up-scale look, use several to accent the backyard's entrance or arrange them in uniform rows. Create your own backyard museum piece by standing a topiary on a pedestal. If your landscape has a more laid-back look, just let the topiaries grow a little more freely and put them anywhere they fit in. In any garden, topiaries also make attractive "fixtures" for landscape lighting. Sophisticated as they look, small topiaries costs very little to make. All you need to create one is a pot, a windng plant like ivy geranium or English ivy, and a frame such as an upturned tomato cage.
If you are going to enjoy your backyard this season, the best way is to decorate your yard with functional items. The first thing that makes for an enjoyable time outside is a fire pit or chiminea. The addition of a fire pit will add a gathering point and makes for an excellent conversational piece. Just place a few chairs around it you will instantly have a living room experience.
If you plan to do a lot of outdoor entertaining, you will want plenty of sitting room, as well as an outdoor cooking and dining area. Backyard design ideas for outdoor kitchens should include a barbecue and surface space. Your backyard dining room may be furnished with a simple picnic table or a patio table of any size. It is important to plan these backyard areas with convenience in mind and place them as close to your indoor kitchen entrance as possible.
Fountains and Waterfalls- Fountains and waterfalls are another way to add a creative touch to your backyard. There are many which can be purchased and set up easily without requiring any actually holes in your lawn. There are even small versions that can be placed on tops of tables or stands in the backyard and those designed to work in flower beds.
There are numerous backyard decorations that can be combined to create a whimsical outdoor space for personal enjoyment or entertainment. This theme of fun is great with children and adults alike. Frogs, ladybugs, cartoon type cats and dogs, and colorful garden characters are popular items of decor for a whimsical garden. Also, string lights and garden flags help create this theme.