Carole Carroll Backyard July 02nd, 2018 - 00:28:12
With these five simple, affordable decor ideas you can liven up your backyard in a single day. Remember that although you might save a little money buying mass-produced items, you'll get higher quality and more unique backyard decor from professional artisans. One-of-a-kind, handmade garden art not only adds personality to a home's landscape, it can also become a treasured family heirloom.
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.
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.
To create a nature themed backyard, items such as bird baths, bird feeders, and a small vegetable, flower, or herb garden help set the tone for a naturalistic back yard retreat. Wind chimes, a fire pit, and rustic furniture give a back yard a mountain retreat type atmosphere. Gnomes, woodland creature statues, and rustic solar lights all enhance the nature theme.
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.
A backyard can be transformed into a vacation-like resort with the proper selection of decorations. It is easy to create a relaxing atmosphere similar to a day at the beach or lake. Adding outdoor furniture to the yard or patio is an excellent place to begin a transformation. After finding the ideal furniture, the accessories complete the transformation. Solar lights and yard art such as gazing balls and metal sculptures can be added. Walkways can be created using pebbles, stepping stones or various other materials. Bird houses, bird feeders, water gardens, and wind chimes help create a more nature oriented outdoor escape. Creating an outdoor dining area or picnic area increases the opportunity for entertaining family and friends in the backyard.