Gone are the days when backyards were simply patches of grass for the kids to play on. Nowadays, our backyard spaces give us a canvas to express our tastes and our lifestyle. Though your backyard should match your own unique personality and that of your family, there are a few staples of backyard design that are great to adhere to in order to create a truly serene space to spend early mornings and lazy afternoons.
Plant the Seeds for a Tranquil Setting
Literally. Plants are a must-have for a peaceful backyard area. If you’re looking for a backyard that you associate with relaxation (and not hard work), make sure to choose plants that are easily cared for. You don’t want to be burdened by any bushes or flowers that are high maintenance; you just need some flora that gives the space some colour and a lively vibe (some pleasant fragrances wouldn’t hurt too!).
Cement Your Backyard Space
Not literally. What we mean by this is to make it clear where your serene space begins and ends. You can do this with miniature walls, rock features, fences, or – if you want to be really classy – glass balustrades (for this, you would probably need some help from a company like Clearly Glass). Having this kind of boundary is a great way to make your backyard space a bit more private. Plus, it’ll feel safer and more exclusive.
Let it Flow!
Though this one could easily refer to your creativity, what we’re really getting at is including some kind of water feature in your backyard. When you think about it, true relaxation depends just as much on sounds as on looks. Particularly if you live near traffic-heavy roads, a fountain or similar feature in your backyard can provide the perfect sound – that of trickling water – to make sure your ears are being looked after in your serene space!
This Time it’s Personal
You can always tell if someone’s backyard space has been designed based purely on the ‘professional’ ideas of others or with an all-in-one outdoor set. Though these backyards can look pleasant, they lack something. That something is a personal touch, which you can add to your own space by exploring more than just standard home decoration stores for your outdoor features. You never know what you’ll find at local markets or in family-owned antique shops for example… you may just stumble upon the perfect piece to complete your backyard space, something that really reflects your style and individuality.
As long as your backyard is a place where you feel at home and comfortable, there’s really not much you can do wrong. However, it’s that much nicer to have an outdoor space that you can feel confident showing off to your friends and family, and a wonderful space to have guests for dinner or drinks. You’ll know you’ve achieved the perfect backyard space when you invite someone into your home and their reaction when stepping outside is to smile and say "this backyard is so… you.”