Nancy Higgins Backyard June 08th, 2018 - 01:45:37
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.
Also, numerous options help you work with the space you have to work with. Adding a nice fire pit or smaller firepots add ambiance and warmth to an outdoor area. If the outdoor area is quite small, decors may be limited to a small bench, solar lights, and small flower or herb garden for beauty and aroma. If your backyard is quite large, you can transform a section of that space into a dining or barbeque area. Any size outdoor area can be transformed into a tranquil retreat. Folding chairs and tables are a great option for really small areas. Multi-purpose furniture such as storage benches is really helpful because they provide a place for storing some of your decor when they are not in use or out of season or if you have a small space and they can't be out all of the time.
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.
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.
ou may already know that your backyard is more than just an extension of your home. For many, it is a sanctuary, a retreat, a private hideaway - it's a place for you to get away, to enjoy barbecues with the family or quiet time with a book. Decorating this space to meet your needs and style makes it all the more enjoyable when you spend time here. But if the ordinary backyard decorations aren't doing it for you, what are some other ideas?