Everybody dreams of having a beautiful backyard where they can lounge and escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Well, you know, what? This dream is much closer to reality than you think.
You don’t need thousands of dollars to transform your outdoor living area into a soothing space where you and your loved ones can unwind. With a bunch of plants, a bit of furniture upgrade, and maybe some customized solutions for outdoor cooling and heating, you can create an enchanting oasis right at your own backyard!
These ideas will help you get started.
The Greener, The Better
What’s a backyard oasis without flowers, shrubs, and trees, right? Plants can easily make any outdoor living area more beautiful and relaxing. Plus, there’s always the benefit of having a cleaner and fresher air around your home.
Here’s one handy tip when incorporating touches of green on your backyard: DON’T HOLD BACK! Most people add a few potted plants and a garden bed, but you can always do more!
There’s no such thing as “too lush” when it comes to creating your outdoor oasis. Play with plants of different sizes, textures, and colors, and see how they transform the space!
Water Features Here and There
Is there anything more therapeutic or relaxing than the sound of flowing water? Out of all the elements, water is the best at creating a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Besides, you can’t call it an outdoor oasis if it doesn’t have any water features in it.
As far as backyard water features go, nothing can beat having a swimming pool – especially lagoon-style pools. And if you have the money, by all means, go for it. For many of us, however, a pool is just too expensive to build and maintain. Thankfully, we have other options.
A plunge pool, a mini pond, a waterfall, or a column fountain are some great alternatives for those creating an outdoor oasis on a budget.
Comfort is Key
Your backyard oasis should be a space where you can relax after a busy day at work and spend quality time with your loved ones. It’s great to have a beautiful outdoor living space, but it must be cozy and comfortable above all else.
One of the best things you can do to revitalize your deck or patio is add comfy furniture. Metal and plastic chairs are practical, but they’re not the most attractive seating options, are they? If you must splurge on an outdoor fixture, splurge on quality outdoor sofas, loungers, and sectionals. Those on a budget can add plush cushions to your existing metal and plastic furniture.
Also, adding rugs, blankets, and pillows to your outdoor living space will elevate its overall look and feel.
Cool in The Summer; Warm on Winter
It would be such a waste if you can’t use your outdoor living space on specific months of the year because of the climate or the weather. Summers are best spent outdoors, but the heat can be unbearable at times. Conversely, it’d be nice to spend winter nights on the patio with family and friends, but the air can get too chilly.
Adding cooling and warming fixtures will let you enjoy your outdoor space all-year-round. A fan or a fog misting system will definitely make hot days cooler, while patio heaters and fire pits can help keep you warm during cold evenings.
Let There Be Light
The right lighting fixtures can make your backyard oasis look even more enchanting come nightfall.
Floodlights and spotlights are some of your common outdoor lighting choices. However, more creative homeowners go for string lights because they’re not only inexpensive; they also create this magical and dreamy effect. Lanterns are also great for setting the mood.
If you want to achieve a more dramatic effect, you can set up lighting fixtures on trees and shrubs or illuminate paths and stairways with strips of hidden led lights. There are so many outdoor lighting ideas to explore — your imagination is the only limit!
Keep Things Private
Even if you have the most beautifully-designed outdoor living space won’t feel as inviting or relaxing if your neighbor or passersby can easily look right into it from the other side. If you want to spend peaceful mornings, afternoons, and evenings in your backyard, you have to keep the prying eyes away.
How do you do that? By putting up a fence, of course!
Whether it’s made of wood, bamboo, or iron surrounded by tall trees and hedges, fencing your property will give you the privacy you need to truly enjoy your outdoor oasis.
With these ideas, it won’t be necessary to leave your home to enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway. As long as you have enough space in your backyard, a bit of time on your hands, and some money to spare, you can create an enchanting oasis within the confines of your property.
About the Author: Anna Fox is the Content Marketing Strategist of Señor Mist, a Phoenix, Arizona-based company that provides high pressure misting systems/fog effects, comfort heaters, patio drop shades, hvls fans and more. When not writing, she makes use of her spare time reading books and hiking with her dog, Blaze.
Photo by Johanna Dahlberg on Unsplash
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