Susanne Holcomb Backyard July 02nd, 2018 - 23:52:20
You may prefer a private backyard retreat for just yourself and your spouse. This could be designed in a small, secluded area of your backyard, near the beauty and tranquility of your garden, or surrounding a relaxing hot tub. The furnishings in your personal backyard retreat can range from a comfortable garden bench, a hammock, or a rejuvenated love seat from indoors.
You can be creative in your backyard decorative ideas. Birdhouses are nice and so are garden gnomes, flower gardens and backyard swings. But if you really want to mix it up a bit, here are some ideas you may enjoy:
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.
Let's say you choose gray cobblestone deck post covers. You can also get a gray cobblestone pathway or walkway installed in your backyard that is similar or identical to the material and colors used for the decking. This will help to create a sort of flow or cohesiveness in the space. The same thing can also be said if you were to choose brick material. Brick walkways are also quite popular.
The next thing that you need is a quality covering to keep you and your outdoor decorations out of the elements and damaging rays of the sun. A quality gazebo with a canopy will do the trick. High quality models can be found at any home improvement warehouse for prices starting at a few hundred dollars.
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.