Abby Boyle Backyard August 10th, 2018 - 08:38:30
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.
Bird baths are another great way to bring birds into your backyard. Birds enjoy fresh water and keeping themselves clean and a bird bath will draw a good number of birds in as well, be sure to keep the bath clean and the water fresh.
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.
Some people embrace utilizing objects in their decorating. Stepping stones scattered throughout the lawn or garden accent well with the natural surroundings. Some people like stones that replicate paw prints, while others are stamped or carved with an inspirational quote. Garden gnomes placed strategically throughout the yard will delight and surprise visitors at every turn.
Of course, there needs to be some type of seating in the garden. Once such a beautiful garden space has been created, it should be enjoyed. A pathway lined with solar lights could be designed to lead directly to a bench, an outdoor swing, or a couple of chairs arrangement near or in the center of the garden. A solar spotlight could be used to illuminate a uniquely shaped plant or shrub at night.
With little careful planning, you can turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis, a family entertainment center, or even a complete, open-air home. Backyard decorating doesn't have to be expensive. There are plenty of simple backyard design tips that can help you create the perfect outdoor area, even on a limited budget.