The outdoor area of your home including your garden can be a wonderful place to relax and have friends and family over. The outdoor area can be completely transformed by having a luxury landscape design in mind. When the weather is nice outside, it can be more enjoyable to host people outdoors.
With a relaxing retreat outside, you will also be encouraged to spend more time outside rather than shut up inside all the time. If you’re looking for ways to create an outdoor sanctuary, this guide has all the best tips and tricks for you.
Make a Private Spot
Not everyone has a huge backyard and the good news is that you don’t need a huge backyard to be able to make a relaxing space. If your yard is open and you have neighbors close by, consider turning your small outdoor area into your own secluded and private spot.
Start by putting up a tall fence or some dividers so that your neighbors can’t see what you’re doing. Some people also choose to use tall potted plants or a folding screen as these can be cheaper than constructing a fence.
You can also just buy a large umbrella that will serve a double purpose of shielding you from the sun and also keeping the neighbors from spying on you all the time. It will also help to keep out distractions which can allow you to work or read quietly.
Add Comfortable Seating
No one will find your spot relaxing if you do not offer comfortable seats for everyone to chill on. You need to ensure there is room for yourself and others to just sprawl out and enjoy the moments together.
Depending on your backyard, you can opt for traditional patio furniture or you can get a soft one with extra cushioning. If you opt for regular furniture rather than outdoor items, make sure they are well covered from the sun and rain as they can more easily get damaged.
Creative patio furniture is a good option because it can be custom made and isn’t harmed when it gets wet or is exposed to other weather elements.
Make sure to put some cushions on whatever seating you choose and throw in a cozy blanket if it’s cold or if you plan to spend time outside in the winter months.
Choose a Colour Palette
When you have a colour palette where everything is coordinated, the backyard will look serene and cozy. If you choose a bunch of random furniture and items, the backyard can end up looking chaotic rather than relaxing.
Make sure you choose colours that put your mind into relaxation mode. For most people, these are neutral colours but you can do whatever you prefer.
Add in Some Greenery
Since this is your personal oasis outside, you need to make sure you have greenery including plants and succulents. The later is better for those that do not have experience gardening as succulents do not take much care or attention. You can also choose to use wall planters or small potted plants.
Try to add in a mix of different greenery options including tall plants, short potted plants, hanging plants, etc.
If you have green fingers, you can make a full garden with fruits and vegetables. Once people find out how relaxing it is to be outside, they even take up gardening and learn how to plant their own flowers and other items.
Invite Nature In
Although we spend a lot of time trying to get nature like insects and critters out of our gardens and outdoor areas, your outdoor retreat should also invite some parts of nature inside. For example, if you want to invite birds inside your oasis, consider sitting out a bird feeder and taking time in the morning to watch the birds as they come by and eat.
Making bird feeders can also be a fun family project if you want to make DIY bird feeders rather than just buying the ones from the store.
Some people also like to put a small speaker in their outdoor area so they can listen to relaxing music as they chill and take in the sights and sounds of their garden.
Nothing makes a more romantic and relaxing mood than some garden lights. These are especially important if you live in the city or another highly populated area where you can’t see the stars as you sit outside.
Most people who choose to use garden lights prefer patio lanterns, fairy lights, or tealights. The best places to put them are around umbrella stands or around trees. You can also put them around the gate if you have one around the garden.
Most people know that certain smells can aid in relaxation. This is why adding scented plants, including flowers and herbs, to your garden can help you relax. The best plants that are fragrant and easy to maintain include mint, lavender, jasmine, and sage.
Windchimes are very calming and their sound often reminds people of simpler times. Most spas also use windchimes so the sound automatically evokes a sense of calmness and serenity. Windchimes are usually cheap and you can hang them from many different places in your garden.
Creating the perfect outdoor oasis might take some work but with the right patio furniture, some greenery, and some lights, you can create a place everyone will want to be in.
Your outdoor space can be a great place for bonding whether it be with new friends or with your children.0