Beautiful, warm days should be spent outside. However, if your garden can’t boast a particularly nice design, it’s high time you do something about it. Aside from getting rid of all the rubbish from your yard, like dead tree branches and dried, cut grass, and mowing your lawn, you should also consider upping the aesthetics of your backyard by implementing a few contemporary design solutions.
If you’re still not sure what those are or even how you can add them to your current backyard design, please read on as we are about to present you with some of the hottest backyard trends.
Take out everything you can
No, we’re not saying that you should completely empty your backyard. We’re saying that one of the currently hottest trends is taking all the comfort and cosiness of indoor spaces and bringing them outdoors. This means that you should definitely consider installing a fire pit or creating an outdoor fireplace and arranging your seating around it. Add a bunch of cosy throw pillows and some soft blankets and enjoy spending time in your backyard year-round. Additionally, include an outdoor rug in the seating area design for maximum pizzazz.
Furthermore, keep in mind that alfresco dining is making a huge comeback, which means that not only you can, but you should create an outdoor kitchen and dining area as well. Of course, an outdoor kitchen area simply cannot be complete without a nice barbecue, so make sure you include that as well. Finally, having an outdoor bar can’t hurt, so don’t shy away from creating one either.
Go for a unique design
Store-bought furniture is fine, but to make your backyard truly yours, you should definitely go for hand-crafted furniture pieces. These are just as sturdy as the store-bought alternatives, but they can be made to suit your specific needs perfectly. And, thanks to their unique charm, these pieces will make your yard look like a million bucks.
On the other hand, if you’re crafty enough, you can even DIY all the furniture in your backyard. Just make sure that everything is properly constructed to avoid any accidents. If you have any doubts, a better alternative would be to go with salvaged furniture pieces you can give your personal stamp by repainting them.
Add colour and purpose
Adding some colour to your backyard is not particularly difficult – you just choose some beautiful blooming plants, and job is done. However, when the colder weather comes rolling around, your garden will be stripped of all its hues. That’s why you should consider adding colourful furniture pieces, as well as painting your pathways or decorating them with some colourful outdoor tiles. However, make sure you seal the design to make it last longer. The best way to make sure that everything is done properly is to contact experts specialising in protective outdoor tile sealing who will take care of it quickly and efficiently.
Now, if you have kids, you should also turn a piece of your backyard into a play-only zone by creating a sandbox – make sure that the design is beautiful, of course, building them a tree house and installing some other outdoor fun elements, such as a Jungle Jim, a swing or a see-saw.
Tech it up
Finally, do know that a truly contemporary backyard is full of the latest technology. A wall-mounted flat screen TV is simply a must, but you can’t go wrong with implementing wireless Bluetooth speakers either. These speakers are becoming better and smarter with each passing day, and you can even find some that will perfectly blend with the rest of your outdoor design.
Eco-friendly LED lights will allow you to illuminate your backyard and even emphasize some of its unique design elements once the night falls. Not only are they extremely versatile, but they’re also environmentally friendly, which makes them a perfect choice. Of course, your final step should be making sure that everything in your new backyard is safe by installing a high-tech security system.
These were just some of the ways you can add contemporary design elements to your backyard. But, as with any other renovation project, your final goal should be a design that will adhere to your personal tastes and preferences. Therefore, keep some of these in mind but allow your imagination to run freely, and you are bound to be left with a backyard that will make your heart beat just a bit faster every time you walk out the door.
Guest post by Lillian Connors
About the Author
Lillian Connors can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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