Decorating your outdoor space can be challenging on its own, but when the small square footage enters the equation, you might think of surrendering right away. But, don’t worry! In order to help you out, we’ve gathered a list of five great ideas for turning your tiny outdoor space into a practical and stylish Zen paradise – read on to learn what they are.
Grow a living wall to improve the appearance of your backyard
Growing a living wall is the perfect way to spice up your outdoor oasis – other than being a beautiful green decorating tool, growing a living wall can benefit you in other ways, too. It can help you get some privacy as your green wall will serve as a natural fence, keeping your curious neighbors from spying on you. The herb wall serves as a great alternative to a living wall, and it has its own charm. It is perfect for gardeners who like to keep their herbs in one place and can easily get what they need since it will always be at hand’s reach. What kind of greenery you choose for your backyard depends on your taste and style, but one thing is certain – you can never go wrong with plants.
Introduce comfortable seating into your backyard
There’s nothing like spending warm, summer nights outside, enjoying with your family and friends. To be able to do that, you’ll need to introduce some comfortable seating in your backyard. What type of furniture you pick for your outdoor space depends on the size of your yard or patio, as well as the weather. If you intend to keep your outdoor furniture outside all year round, you need to pay attention to the materials that the furniture is made of. The most durable materials for outdoor furniture are aluminum, stainless steel, and wrought iron – they can handle harsh weather conditions and they’re relatively easy to maintain.
Add a water feature to create a peaceful atmosphere
One thing that is certain to bring in a tranquil vibe into your outdoor space is definitely some type of water feature. Depending on the square footage you are left with after adding the seating and a spa pool, you can opt for a small pond or a fountain to add some charm to your outdoor area. The calming sounds of water dripping turn the area next to the fountain into a perfect yoga or meditation zone, where you can practice your asanas and cleanse your chakras in peace. What better way to start your day than by meditating in a cozy, serene environment? Also, your water feature can serve as a great eco-friendly mosquito repellent and the safest way to tackle pest control.
Consider adding a spa pool to elevate your outdoor space
Nothing will elevate the look of your outdoor space more than a beautiful outdoor spa pool designed to provide you with comfort - its luxurious appearance can turn any space into an oasis. Spa pools are a great alternative to their larger counterparts and what they lack in size, they compensate for with their sophisticated and refined look. Other than being a gorgeous addition to your outdoor space, they serve as a perfect place to relax in after a long day of work. You can choose between various sizes and types of spa pools to find the one that will fit your needs and perfectly match the aesthetic and style of your outdoor space.
Add candles and solar lights to illuminate your Zen retreat
As a finishing touch for your outdoor oasis, you’ll need to introduce some kind of lighting to illuminate it. Solar lights are a great option for your pathways since they use solar power and are a great one-time investment. If you need to use some kind of artificial lighting that uses electricity, choose LED bulbs over incandescent ones – even though they are more expensive, they pay off in the long run, considering how they tend to last up to fifty times longer compared to their incandescent counterparts. Another cheap way to illuminate your outdoor space is by burning candles. Their flickering flame and the sense of serenity candles bring with them makes them a perfect addition to your outdoor Zen retreat. Opt for soy-wax and beeswax candles to provide your area with light while also being eco-conscious. Burning candles made from natural wax means you won’t be releasing harmful toxins into the air as you’d do by lighting paraffin wax candles.
Working with small spaces is challenging but at the same time very rewarding. Use the tips above to turn your small outdoor space into a true Zen retreat you’ll enjoy spending time in.
Guest post by Chloe Taylor
About the Author
Chloe is an interior design consultant from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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