Carole Carroll Backyard June 08th, 2018 - 01:28:28
Lighting is a very important part of your backyard design. If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining at night, you will want bright lights that illuminate your yard well, especially near your dining area. Coleman's propane powered tabletop torches are easy to use and perfect for the backyard. Smaller patio lights are ideal for walkways or sitting areas and simple tiki torches provide an inexpensive lighting option as well.
Another popular category of lawn ornaments is anything that moves as the wind blows. Miniature windmills that sit on the ground can also double as a bird house or a planter. Wind chimes hooked onto a tree branch will provide delicate sounds that many people find soothing. In recent years, flags have become quite popular with a seemingly endless array of flag choices. One can be patriotic year round or have a different flag for every holiday.
The most common yard accessories cater to birds and include the bird feeder, bird house and bird bath. The reason they are so popular is because they attract birds to the yard and give them an incentive to stay a while. Most people enjoy listening to the birds sing and fly around. They are very beautiful creatures. They are nature's real live backyard decoration with their bright colors, lively personalities, and beautiful songs. Also, the bird accessories are very various with many purposes and can be tucked into the branches of an overgrown tree, suspended from a porch awning or placed in the middle of the yard.
First, consider the outdoor needs of you and your family. If you have children, designate a play area in an open area of your backyard. Use colorful containers or a large plastic bin to store outdoor toys and design a relaxing sitting and conversation area within eyesight for easy supervision. Your sitting area may be as simple as a few lounge chairs or a full outdoor living area with weather resistant wicker furniture and colorful throw pillows to brighten the room.
These glass garden accents were popularized during the Victorian period when 4-inch hanging balls of either gold or blue were used to scare off witches. Miniature gazing globes are designed to hang in the air along a garden path or beside a pond. Today's globes are typically ten to twelve inches, but globes as small as five inches and as large as twenty inches can also be found. Blue and green globes capture light well, but if you want a clear reflection of your backyard, go with silver. Warm colors like red or gold work well near seating or above plants of a similar color. Gazing globes can be placed directly on the lawn or in a flowerbed, but they reflect light better if mounted on a stand. Stands are often works of art in themselves, ranging from classical Greek columns with scrolls and acanthus leaves to whimsical designs with animals, fairies, and other figures.
One of the things that will set a home apart is the choice made when selecting outdoor furniture. Regardless of the landscaping and other attractive features that may be in the outdoor space, old or unsightly furniture will spoil the overall effect. Some homes have beautiful patios made of brick or other materials, but it is the furniture that will present viewers, as well as the homeowner, with a completed and attractive area for relaxing or enjoying a visit with friends.