As barbeque season comes to an end, and the days begin to get shorter, you may have a few plans for upgrading your backyard so that you can entertain next summer. It’s actually a good idea to do most of your planning for this in the winter though, so that when the warmer nights begin to arrive you’re ready with your brand new backyard.
The good news is that whether your backyard is large or small, you can still make it the perfect place to kick back and relax with a glass of wine after work or entertain with a group of friends on the weekends.
Here are some tips for redecorating your backyard:
Plan your layout
When you’re redecorating your outdoor space, it’s a good idea to think about what each area will be used for. If you have kids or occasionally have young people visiting, setting parameters for play areas and grown-up areas is important as it means that you won’t run the risk of tripping over a toy on the deck and kids can have dedicated space to keep boredom at bay.
You also need to know where you’ll have your shady area, dining area, cooking area and storage area so you can plan accordingly.
The good news is you can buy outdoor furniture and everything else you need online, and you won’t need to spend hours browsing outdoor stores (unless of course, this sounds like a good time). More good news? Shopping during winter means that you’re likely to get great deals as stores need to get rid of stock.
Consider purchasing a BBQ if you’re thinking about entertaining outside, and it’s always a good idea to have a nice outdoor dining table and set of chairs for guests.
Create a garden path
Garden paths add interest, and they’re not solely meant for people with huge backyards. Interesting placement of some nice stones can actually make your outdoor space look bigger, so consider buying some crushed rock in a nice colour that goes well with the other colours you incorporate in your yard and lay them in a stepping-stone formation.
Pick a focal point
A focal point is a great way to make sure that your backyard has a “plan” and gives you a nice talking point with guests. A water feature is an excellent option, and a water fountain can give your backyard a nice relaxed feel, making it a quiet oasis. A trellis is also a good way to give your backyard an architectural detail without sticking out too much, and there are many places you can put these such as in the entrance to your yard or vegetable bed.
Grabbing some paint and getting to work is a cost-effective way to give your backyard a makeover. You may want to paint the back of your house a different colour to the rest so it looks like a feature wall or simply paint your fence a nice modern colour.