Summer is in full swing, so you know what that means: it’s the perfect season to go outside and spend time in your backyard, especially with the sun staying out until late evening. Whether you’re entertaining or just wanting to sit back and relax, you need a place to make that happen. If your backyard is in need of a little love, it’s okay. Here are five ways to transform your backyard into an oasis you can be proud of.
Pick a Theme
All backyards are not the same. If you have plenty of space, you may think you need to decorate all of it. However, cozy spaces make outdoor dining and entertaining a lot more intimate. Create individual sitting and lounge areas where you and your family can unwind. Group furniture together in various places, so it’s easier to mix and mingle.
If your backyard is small, use that to your advantage. There are plenty of apartment-sized pieces you can use to make even the tiniest of spaces inviting. You also need to decide if you want a more sophisticated look or something more laid back. You can mix and match colors and patterns for outdoor pillows, which can create a more eclectic look. You should also think about durability. So many types of outdoor furniture only make it through one season. Depending on where you live, you might need to purchase items specifically made for the climate.
Keep Bugs at Bay
If you live in a heavily wooded area, you need to keep unwanted pests away. Use citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away at night. Nothing’s more frustrating than having to swat away bugs. You can also buy a mosquito light, which will attract their attention away from you. If all else fails, ask a pest control expert the best way to keep your backyard free of bugs.
Build a Patio
Even if you adore a lush lawn, you still need a stable foundation for your furniture. If you don’t have one, you should consider building a patio. Not only are they easy to keep clean, but you can also create one that’s ultra-lux. If you’re on a budget, you may want to take out a personal loan from a private lender. Rates are lower and you’ll have more affordable repayment terms as well. If approved, you can use residual funds to purchase other items have and have money to improve your home with a little extra curb appeal.
Consider Outdoor Dining
In addition to quaint conversation nooks, you also need a place to enjoy dining al fresco. Look for weather-resistant pieces that can withstand the summer heat and thunderstorms. Cast iron suits most spaces and comes in a variety of sizes.
Make your time outside even more enjoyable with the right lighting. There are so many options to choose from, so don’t think you’re stuck with harsh overhead lights. You can string lights on your fence, around planters and even along the walkway. You can also invest in lights that automatically come on once the sun goes down.