Nancy Higgins Backyard July 02nd, 2018 - 23:48:02
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.
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.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating your backyard. You can beautify for just you as a place to relax and rejuvenate. You can trim your backyard for holiday family get-togethers. You can decorate for big events such as graduation parties or wedding receptions. You can put up the perfect pieces to accent your party.
Another theme many choose is to make the yard look like a day at the beach. This can be accomplished with bamboo torches, tiki items, canvas chairs, colorful lights, shells, sand, garland, and festive tables. The Bamboo torches and tiki items gives a tropical island feel. The canvas chairs, shells and sand give a more traditional beach feel.
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.
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.