Want to spend more time outdoors? Well, we have some good news for you: you can have all the fun and relaxation right in your backyard after these easy and practical updates to your space. Here’s what you need for a true patio and garden oasis.
In order to completely relax and unwind in your oasis, you need to create a sense of privacy. You can always go old-school and fence your garden, but using landscaping is a beautiful, effective and eco-friendly alternative. Living fences and green walls will not only screen your space from prying eyes, but create a habitat for various animals!
Sure, sun and fresh air are two of the best things about spending time in your garden or your patio. However, don’t allow the less-than-perfect weather to spoil all your outdoor fun! Instead, provide your garden with some shade (shade sails, pergolas or parasols) that will shelter you from the sun and rain and allow you to enjoy your private oasis come rain or shine! Want to have a green garden? Plant some trees and you’ll have plenty of shade in the future while also providing shelter and food for birds, critters, insects and other little animals.
Add some comfy seating
Comfort is the key to creating a patio oasis, so make sure to make your furniture the star of the show! Treat yourself and your guests with a cozy lounge area with soft seating and handy little side tables for holding drinks and books. And, if you love al fresco dining, don’t miss a chance to add some practical outdoor dining furniture that will make all your delicious meals even tastier! These dining sets are also perfect for weekend brunches and late-night get-togethers with friends.
If you want to create a truly magical oasis in your backyard, you need to add some warmth to the place. Luckily, even the smallest of fire pits will add a beautiful warm glow to your backyard and provide you with a bit of heat during the chilly nights. Today, there are many different types, sizes and shapes of fire pits from tiny tabletop versions to full-size, wood-burning ones perfect for roasting marshmallows!
Invest in fresh produce
If you love to feast on fresh veggies and fruits that are organic and healthy, you don’t have to go to your farmers’ market every day! Instead, create a mini garden for your products and reap the benefits every day. And even if you don’t have any gardening experience, you can opt for easy-to-grow peppers, cabbages, cucumbers, tasty berries and low-maintenance herbs.
Layer the comfort
Did you know that you can use layers in your outdoor décor, just like in your living room? Well, a few cozy additions like some throw pillows, interesting rugs, and fuzzy blankets can add a homey note to your patio and make it perfect for summer evening events and lazy Sunday afternoons!
Awaken the chef in you
One great way to have a completely home-made and natural meal is to prepare it in your outdoor kitchen. Designate a little corner in your backyard or patio for a nice grill, a small food prep area and a handy fridge for groceries and drinks. This way, you’ll always have a place to grill your fresh veggies or whip up a healthy veggie or fruit salad.
For maximum enjoyment, you must treat yourself with an outdoor spa. These super-cool tubs come in all sizes and shapes and can be equipped with massaging jets and bubbles! However, take plenty of time to consider your spa location, because they weight a lot and need some space. Also, if you live in drought-prone areas, it’s best to stick to quick showers after a long day and help conserve water!
Take these tips into consideration during your next garden remodel and you’ll create a beautiful outdoor oasis that will allow you to Zen out, relax and enjoy nature in the privacy of your home!
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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