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5 Smart Tips for Decorating Your Backyard in Summer

I always know when spring has properly sprung. It’s not the sight of the first purple crocus or the cherry trees starting to come into blossom—it’s that point when I start eyeing up my backyard and begin seriously considering which project I’m going to do this year.

There’s just something about that early spring sunshine that makes me want to get out my tape measure and my paint brush and get to work. If you’ve started looking thoughtfully at your own little patch of outdoor space, here are some great ideas for projects which will enhance your enjoyment of your backyard all summer long.

#1: Take a Seat

One of the best ways to refresh your backyard is to create a new seating area where you can appreciate your outdoor space from a whole new angle. Anchor your project with a couple of wooden Adirondack chairs and paint them a lovely summery color. Or, use the plastic reincarnations—apart from being very durable, they are also very easy to clean.

White, cream, and pale green are classic choices that will never date, whilst lilac and pale aqua are fashionable choices for this summer.

To complement your chairs, I just love this idea from CountryLiving.com to create a flowery corner using galvanized containers and, thanks to shows like “Fixer Upper,” anything rustic and galvanized is bang on-trend right now. Use old galvanized containers such as holey buckets, chicken feeders, troughs, milk cans, and watering cans. Plant your collection of containers with colorful flowering plants such as trailing geraniums, impatiens, and lobelia to create a charming and fragrant retreat.

#2: Cook Up a Storm

Inspired by this amazing outdoor kitchen project, why not bring the inside outside and instead of sweating over a hot stove in the heat of summer, enjoy preparing and eating your meals outside instead?!

According to DIYnetwork.com, fully functional outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular and are starting to appear as options for new home construction. A fully functional outdoor kitchen often includes a substantial grill, a fridge, a sink, food preparation surfaces, weatherproof storage cabinets, and sometimes luxury add-ons such as pizza ovens. Installing a complete outdoor kitchen along these lines is a major project that would almost certainly require some professional help, but you can establish a basic set up yourself to see what facilities you really need before investing in a more permanent solution.

First, find a spot in your yard that has some cover from the elements to put your grill. I have my grill set up in my Allen and Roth gazebo: the roof provides shade while the open sides let smoke escape easily. To create food preparation surfaces, you can repurpose budget-friendly cinder blocks and pallet wood. These ideas from Bobvila.com will get you started. A cooler can provide temporary chilled storage and a plastic bucket or washing-up bowl can stand in for a sink and you’re good to go.

#3: Install Romantic Lighting

Adding a touch of romance and evening glamor to your backyard is easily achieved with simple lighting solutions. Twine string lights around tree trunks and through shrubs, lay rope lights along borders and pathways, and hang twinkle lights across decked areas or from pergolas.

If you don’t have a pergola or any upright features in your garden to hold string lights you can create simple pergolas from three wooden ladders. Simply ‘plant’ the bases of two of the ladders in the soil and place the third between then horizontally. Use garden twine to attach the horizontal ladder to the supporting ladders to create an instant pergola. For a pretty finishing touch, hang glass jars containing battery-operated candles from the rungs.

#4: Hang Out

Hammocks are a design classic for a reason. They are super comfortable, and modern free-standing versions mean you don’t even need two trees to set them up.

Choose a location that offers dappled shade and plant bamboo which will grow quickly and rustle soothingly in the breeze. If you’re concerned about bugs, add potted herbs such as lemongrass, basil, and rosemary which will deter insects and also smell amazing. Throw on some soft pillows and you won’t be able to resist climbing in for a quick snooze.

#5: Walk This Way

The most exciting outdoor spaces create different areas, almost like distinct rooms, that you can discover as you walk around. A great way to connect different areas in your outdoor space is to add characterful wooden walkways created from reclaimed wood like pallet boards.

Here’s an example of this idea in action from funkyjunkinteriors.net. Simply level a piece of ground and lay the boards down. However, do bear in mind that untreated boards will weather and eventually deteriorate. You can use either paint or a wood stain to improve the appearance of the boards, and you can lengthen their life by treating them with an outdoor varnish.

Get Started on Your Backyard Decorating Project Today!

I’m excited to get started on these projects for my backyard and I hope that you are feeling inspired as well. If you’ve enjoyed reading this article, please feel free to share it with your friends.

About the author:

Nadya Jones is a blogger and an entrepreneur.  She is the co-founder of AllenRothHQ.com, a blog about home design and improvements. With her husband Brett, she writes tips and tricks they learned while renovating their house in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nadya handles the interior design. Brett implements her ideas in a cost-efficient way.

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Posted on: May 9, 2018
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