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Home Backyard Ideas: 7 Tips for A Stylish Outdoor Space

If we were to play word association with the term “backyard”, the chances of “refuge”, “relaxing”, and “unwinding” following right after are pretty high. An outdoor space is meant to be a quick getaway for us when we’re tired of being in the house — and that’s even more so when we’re fighting off a deadly virus and shouldn’t step out for our safety. But if your backyard is more a place to get away from rather than to, then you’re not alone — and we’re here to help.

Whether you’d like a lovely outdoor breakfast nook to enjoy your morning coffee or want to set up your outdoor space with stools and benches for a late-night hang, here are tried and tested backyard ideas and tips to create stylish outdoor spaces that are both functional and pleasing to the eye.

Design Ideas to Glam Up Your Outdoor Space

  1. Set up a gazebo or a pergola: If your backyard is super exposed to the weather, then it’s a great idea to set up a gazebo or a pergola to shield you from the elements. The architectural addition instantly makes your backyard usable — whether you’d like to host an impromptu BBQ or would like to work out in the open for a change. You will probably be overwhelmed with options once you decide to set one up, so consider asking yourself what vibe you want to create; comfortable, playful, elegant, minimal, or funky? Once you have your answer, you can go all out with a weatherproof outdoor dining set that matches the style you’re aiming for, or keep it minimal with a few ottomans.
An outdoor gazebo with a sectional sofa, privacy curtains, and soft string lights 
  1. Frame a view: If you’re lucky enough to have a gorgeous view from your backyard, don’t let it go to waste. A great way to draw focus to such a view is to frame it, using landscaping or a few artfully arranged furniture pieces. An arbor, for example, uses a latticework of vines, creepers, and flowering plants and can naturally draw focus to where you want it. Installing a wooden deck a few inches off the ground also creates an instant viewing point. Given you won’t need much more than a few wooden planks (and someone handy with power tools), this also doubles up as one of those DIY backyard ideas that take your space a few notches higher on the style scale.
  1. Plan an outdoor bar: On summer nights, there’s nothing better than cooling off with a cold drink in hand. Your backyard is the ideal space to set yourself up for such nights — especially if you add an outdoor bar, complete with bar stools. If your house is on the smaller side, then this maximizes the space you can use to entertain guests. Your setup can be as elaborate or as minimal as you’d like it to be, so long as you’re able to store everything you need without having to run back into the house every half an hour. That means you’ll need a bar table to work your magic on, an outdoor fridge, a rack for bottles, a shelving unit for cutlery and drinkware, and a few outdoor bar stools for seating.
A bonfire with two wine glasses and a smorgasbord on the side 
  1. Create an open-air cinema: Remember the charm of drive-throughs? If you’re looking to channel that cozy and intimate vibe in the comfort of your own home, then consider setting up an open-air cinema. This is an especially great idea for homes with families; you’re able to tear eyes away from small screens to focus on a  big one. First off, you’ll need some comfy seating. An outdoor loveseat works for small backyards with little room, while bigger spaces can step it up with an outdoor sectional sofa.
An outdoor open-air cinema with a projector screen, a bonfire, and sectional sofas
  1. Turn up the Zen factor with a little pond or a pool: We’re all for turning our backyards into oases of calm, and we’ve found that water bodies make the job so much easier. Depending on how much space you have—and your budget for backyard pool ideas—you could consider opting for a placid body of water with a few fish or add lively interest with a miniature waterfall. If you’d rather have a water body that you can use, a pool with a couple of chaise lounges is your best bet. Of course, it’s more high-maintenance and eats up a lot of square feet. But that luxe vacation vibe you get is worth it!
An outdoor space with a lily pond, a worn-out bench, and a white statue flanked by greenery
  1. Landscape your fence line: A fence is a necessity, but they’re not all that pretty, especially if you have nothing else in your backyard. To remedy that, we’d recommend landscaping your fence line to create an added layer of privacy while beautifying the outdoor space. This is an especially handy tip for small backyards without enough space to do much else. Trees are ideal for higher fences while lower ones can get away with flowering plants and bushes having the same effect.
  1. Build a therapeutic rock garden: Who would’ve thought rocks could take your backyard from barebones to peaceful? But it’s true — and it’s especially useful for areas that don’t have much greenery, or for the gardens of those who just don’t have a green thumb. A pile of random rocks doesn’t constitute a rock garden though, so try to get creative with it. How can you arrange rocks of different sizes to create visual interest? What plants can you add for pops of color? Do you want a rugged vibe or an elegant one? What outdoor furniture best complements the arrangement?

We get it: revamping your boring backyard can be tough. But with these backyard decor ideas, we hope we’ve sent some inspiration and motivation your way! And if you’re looking for the perfect outdoor furniture to compliment your idea, CasaOne can help. We have some great outdoor dining sets, sofas, bar stools, and coffee tables to rent. If your next grand idea is right around the corner, all you need to do is make it happen with CasaOne’s help!

GOT QUESTIONS?

  • How to create an outdoor living space? 

The key to finding backyard landscaping ideas that work for you, and bringing them to life, is to identify how much space you have, and what atmosphere you want to create. Then you’ll be able to get the right outdoor furniture to bring your idea to life!

  • How to heat up outdoor spaces?

The easiest way to heat your backyard is to get an outdoor space heater. Depending on how big your space is, you’ll find plenty of heaters that vary in price, material, intensity, and energy consumption.

  • What are some DIY backyard ideas?

Some of our favorite DIY backyard ideas are: Create an open-air cinema, install a rock garden, landscape your fence line, set up a pergola, frame great views with a floating deck, or create an outdoor bar space complete with bar stools and extra seating.

  • Where to buy outdoor furniture? 

Buy outdoor furniture for small spaces from West Elm, Article, Campaign Living, Helix, and Tuft & Needle. Better still, rent the same design-forward furniture from CasaOne, so you’re always on top of the trends while staying within budget.

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