Summer creates the perfect opportunity for family, friends, and colleagues to enjoy the outdoors. Many people love to hold backyard barbecues and neighborhood socials. If you are one of those people, you know the importance of having a good-looking backyard. The following are techniques you can use to turn your backyard into a luxurious summer paradise:
1. Mow the Lawn!
Ensure the grass in your backyard is well maintained – it should be leveled and green all around. Fill up the patches with fresh grass seed or sod. Since it may take time for the new grass to grow, you ought to begin the process a month before you invite people over.
2. Inspect and Update
The cold from the winter season tends to mess up your patio – it can bend the timber on wooden decks and crack the foundation on stone walkways. So make sure you carefully inspect your backyard for any damage and fix them before you invite anyone over for an outdoor event. Replace loose and missing slats on the deck and fill up the cracks on the walkway with cement.
3. Invest in Durable Patio Furniture
After you update your patio, go out there and look for comfortable and durable furniture. Durability can mean weatherproof. You don’t want a situation whereby you purchase patio furniture for the summertime, only to have it destroyed by the rain. Therefore, make sure that whatever you buy can withstand harsh weather conditions. Nonetheless, having good-looking furniture on your patio gives it a welcoming and luxurious feel.
4. Build An Outdoor Fire Pit
The summer season is a time for everyone to enjoy nature; therefore, you may want to consider adding a fireplace to your backyard. In case you invite people over to spend the night, you want them to have somewhere they can mingle, warm themselves, and roast marshmallows – an outdoor fire area creates such an atmosphere. The outdoor blog Homestratosphere has a great guide to build your own!
5. Add A Touch of Color
You should consider purchasing colorful pillows for your patio seats. Colors tend to create a sense of liveliness and fun, and they’re an awesome way to make your backyard feel luxurious. They will entice people to sit down and appreciate the summer weather. However, make sure that there is color coordination between the pillows and the rest of the furniture. You don’t want the pillows to feel out of place.
6. Buy a Rug
Invest in a good-looking and durable rug for your patio. In the same way that colorful pillows increase the liveliness of your backyard space, a rug gives it a cozy home feeling. People will just want to be there because they feel comfortable. Just remember to take the patio dimensions before going out to buy the rug. You don’t want to buy a rug that is too small or too big for the patio because it makes the place look awkward.
7. Add Some Lights
If you want your backyard to look really luxurious, consider investing in flaming tea lights and string bulbs. These lights create a fairy-tale effect and make the backyard look magical at night. You should also invest in smart lights for extra security. Since you want your guests to feel safe, a sensor bulb lights up dark places and ensures the entire yard is lit.
8. Create Distinct Areas
Setting aside certain areas of your backyard for specific activities makes your space feel organized and luxurious. You can have a dining, play, and lounge area. To make this arrangement look fancy, you can use different furniture for every area, for example, the lounge can have a sofa with colorful pillows and a rug, while the dining area can have a long wooden table with mahogany chairs and a tent or a pergola.
9. Spruce Up the Entrance
Since people will access your backyard paradise through the entrance, give them a taste of what to expect. You can plant a few flowers at the entrance or frame it with a small vignette. Whatever you do, make sure that it gives your visitors the wow factor you’re looking for.
10. Make Things Private
If you want to create a truly luxurious paradise, you need to make your backyard private and exclusive. Try fencing it and planting tall trees all around to make it less accessible. You don’t want passersby to make your guests uncomfortable because everything’s visible from the outside.
11. Install Other Comfort Items
You can also build a mini-bar and install a small fridge in your backyard to add some spark in the lounge area. For those that love sports, you can have a projector installed on the patio to watch the big game with your friends. To go even bigger, you can also install an outdoor kitchen next to the mini-bar to make eating outdoors easy and fun.
12. Create Shady Zones
Although it is perfectly normal to want to enjoy the summer sun, your backyard should also have some shade areas where your guests can relax and enjoy the outdoor breeze. As a suggestion, you can build or install a ready-made pergola to create an authentic and luxurious shady space.
One thing that you should keep in mind when creating a luxurious space is that you want things to look natural and complementary to the existing space. For example, if you have an old tree stump in your yard, you can turn it into a flower pot. Just fill it up with sand and plant flowers. Another way that you can improvise is by using synthetic grass. If your patio is small, you can use a faux-grass rug to give an illusion of grandeur.n
The above tips can be applied even with a small budget. Before you start, choose what you can do by yourself and then begin working on it immediately. Once you finish and see the results, you will be motivated to implement the rest of the ideas. Remember to be patient and on schedule so that your luxurious backyard can be ready on time.
Outside of writing for EverythingBackyard, Kylie loves to spend all the time she can outdoors and finds every excuse to leave her house. She writes about everything from backyard DIY projects to gardening. If you can’t get a hold of her, she is probably on a trail or a boat!