There is nothing as rewarding as coming home after a rough day and sitting in your backyard having a nice cup of tea or coffee, alone or with your friends and family. To be able to enjoy this experience fully you should have an outdoor area that is warm, cozy, inviting and, why not sprinkled with a dash of luxury? Fortunately for you, this is not as hard to accomplish as you might think. Here are some ideas that will spark your imagination and help you create a luxury backyard oasis.
Choose the furniture
Great outdoor furniture combines functionality, aesthetics, and comfort. All it takes to transform a simple patio into a sensory-rich entertaining/dining area is a set of cozy chairs, an accent armchair or a rocking chair, a sofa stocked with ample cushions, a club table, and a dining table. Feel free to go with colorful and elegant options, but be aware that nature may not be kind to your furniture, so be sure to opt for weather-resistant materials and fabrics, such as teak, cedar, wicker and outdoor textiles.
There is no such thing as a luxury backyard oasis without a pool. Now, you have various options when it comes to installing pools. It can be a completely natural pool, a fish tank style pool, etc. If you don’t have enough room for a large swimming pool, don’t worry. You can get something even better – a stunning outdoor spa pool, which doesn’t have to be big, but it still combines the perks of a pool and a hot tub.
The best thing about a backyard sanctuary is that it provides you with a combination of nature and privacy. That wouldn’t be possible if everyone were allowed to peek inside. And the sunlight going directly to your eyes wouldn’t be pleasant either. To shield yourself from these inconveniences you can use fabrics and drapes to hide your porch, grapevine trails for open areas, plant bushes, trees, and shrubs, build a pergola, etc.
Start a fire
An outdoor fire pit or fireplace will serve as a perfect focal point for your entire backyard, and it will be a great and warm gathering place. Just imagine hearing the cracking of the fire while you are relaxing in your rocking chair. Depending on your budget and your preference, you can decide for a portable fireplace, a brick or stone fire pit, a copper bowl fire pit, a tabletop fireplace, or some of the many other options.
For a successful landscape project, you need to work around a focal point. In case of a luxurious oasis, that center can be the fire pit, the pool, garden statues and ornaments, or the sitting area. Focus on scale and pacing to create a well pulled-together look. Work on variations in size, color, and shape. Tall plants can be planted in the back of flowerbeds, against a wall, or along a path. Create patterns and a sense of cohesion by repeating some plants, shapes or colors throughout the yard.
All lit up
A good backyard retreat allows you to rest any time of the day. The best backyard retreat is even more beautiful when the sun goes down. This happens because outdoor lights produce a magical ambiance that can’t be compared to anything. When deciding on your backyard lighting, you can get creative. You can choose to have a Victorian chandelier hanging on your porch, or Chinese lanterns on the tree branches. If you want to be energy-efficient, you can add solar lamps. These days, string lights are a very popular solution for backyards, and since they usually don’t provide very powerful illumination, you can complement them with candles.
Finally, you can enhance the already glamorous appearance of your backyard by adding stylish accessories. These can come in the form of vases, flower pots, mirrors, artworks and other trinkets that reflect your personality.
About the author:
Will Sandford is a Sydney based wood architect, blogger and contributor on interior design and ecology blogs. Besides that, he is also interested in home improvement combined with green technology. In his spare time, Will enjoys surfing and rock climbing. He is also a regular contributor to SmoothDecorator. Connect with him on Twitter.
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