Cassie Casey Backyard June 08th, 2018 - 01:24:37
ou may already know that your backyard is more than just an extension of your home. For many, it is a sanctuary, a retreat, a private hideaway - it's a place for you to get away, to enjoy barbecues with the family or quiet time with a book. Decorating this space to meet your needs and style makes it all the more enjoyable when you spend time here. But if the ordinary backyard decorations aren't doing it for you, what are some other ideas?
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.
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.
Next is the addition of stylish outdoor furniture. Don't buy that vinyl cushion covered junk that your grandmother had in the 80's. I am talking about quality wooden furniture that is hand crafted.
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.
Of course, there needs to be some type of seating in the garden. Once such a beautiful garden space has been created, it should be enjoyed. A pathway lined with solar lights could be designed to lead directly to a bench, an outdoor swing, or a couple of chairs arrangement near or in the center of the garden. A solar spotlight could be used to illuminate a uniquely shaped plant or shrub at night.