Amalia Giles Backyard June 13th, 2018 - 02:59:21
Your backyard should be a place of fun and relaxation for you and those you love. Backyard retreats can be as simple or as extravagant as your tastes desire. Careful planning and a few inexpensive furnishings can transform your backyard into a peaceful outdoor haven or a bright and exciting island vacation!
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.
A backyard sundial not only makes a unique conversation piece, it's also functional. When installed correctly, sundials keep quite accurate time. While horizontal sundials are the most common, there are also vertical sundials that can be hung on a wall. A more unusual design is the reflected ceiling dial. This horizontal sundial uses sun reflected from a mirror to drawn the hour lines on the ceiling. For many home landscapers, though, time telling comes second to aesthetic value. In addition to hour lines, the sundial plates are typically enhanced with a design such as an animal or leaves, and many carry inscriptions. Usually the dial's gnomon, or hour hand, is also incorporated into the design on the dial plate.
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.
Backyard decorations can make the exterior space of a home as attractive as the indoor area. They are an ideal form of self-expression.
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.