Nancy Higgins Backyard September 08th, 2018 - 11:33:00
The accessories and lighting you use to decorate your backyard living space will set the mood and atmosphere for this part of your home, just like inside. Citronella candles are great bug repellents and add a subtle glow to your backyard retreat. Colorful accents, like pillows, placemats, and bright chair cushions, can make your outdoor areas very inviting. Consider festive vases full of your favorite flowers for table décor and hang wind chimes for a melodic atmosphere.
Another popular category of lawn ornaments is anything that moves as the wind blows. Miniature windmills that sit on the ground can also double as a bird house or a planter. Wind chimes hooked onto a tree branch will provide delicate sounds that many people find soothing. In recent years, flags have become quite popular with a seemingly endless array of flag choices. One can be patriotic year round or have a different flag for every holiday.
The most common yard accessories cater to birds and include the bird feeder, bird house and bird bath. The reason they are so popular is because they attract birds to the yard and give them an incentive to stay a while. Most people enjoy listening to the birds sing and fly around. They are very beautiful creatures. They are nature's real live backyard decoration with their bright colors, lively personalities, and beautiful songs. Also, the bird accessories are very various with many purposes and can be tucked into the branches of an overgrown tree, suspended from a porch awning or placed in the middle of the yard.
Gazing globes- Here's another unique idea that's been around a while but is really making a comeback since the Victorian period when they were so popular. There are many different colors and sizes of gazing globes. Some come with their own unique stands to hold them. Most modern versions are around 10 to 12 inches in diameter but there are globes as large as 20 inches or those that are smaller than 10. The color and size depend on the unique look you are going for.
Tiki Torches- Tiki torches and other types of backyard candles or lighting are also increasingly popular yet more unique when it comes to backyard décor. You can use them to surround a patio or decorate around the edging of a pool, a barbecue pit and more.
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.