Five decorating ideas for your outdoor living space

Five decorating ideas for your outdoor living space

Okay, so your backyard is technically your home’s exterior and not the interior, but you should be in the habit of thinking of your outdoor living space as an extension of the indoors. So if the interior of your home is already looking good, why not apply some interior decorating tips to the backyard as well. Here are five decorating ideas to create a better outdoor living space.

Attract birds with a bird bath

One of the keys to having an enjoyable outdoor living space is to have plenty of chirping birds around to lighten the mood. A bird bath is a surefire way to attract them. It also doubles as a nice, outdoor decoration. Make sure your bird bath isn’t too deep or the tinier birds won’t use it. If you’re pretty handy and like to build things yourself, a constructing your own bird bath can be a fun weekend project.

Go with a vertical garden to save space

A garden will always beautify any backyard but they can take a lot of space. Fortunately, you always have the option of creating a vertical garden along your backyard fence. Then you can plant anything you want so long as it can survive in your climate. You can grow edible plants and spices to use for cooking your meals and to save some money at the grocery store or you can plant flowers and other plants just to beautify the space.

Install a waterfall fountain

Having an outdoor living space that people will want to spend time in is about more than appearances. The sounds should also be pleasing. So why not install a waterfall fountain? The soft splash of running water is soothing and will make spending time outdoors even more enjoyable. Of course it also works as another outdoor decoration. A waterfall fountain can be relatively small and inexpensive or you can create your own mini waterfall complete with rocks. Just make sure there’s room in your budget if you’re going to go with a larger waterfall.

Improve outdoor lighting

A single lightbulb by the backdoor isn’t going to cut it if you want to spend time outdoors after the sun goes down. You’ll want to outfit your backyard with some nice outdoor lighting. You have all kinds of options to choose from such as pendent lighting, chandeliers, flood lighting, ceiling lighting, and wall sconces. You can also install lighting that showcases your landscaping. Just head to your local home improvement store and pick out the lighting that looks good for your outdoor living space.

Arrange outdoor furniture

While you’re at the home improvement store, you may as well select your outdoor furniture as well. Remember, it’s better to spend a little more on durable materials that will last more than a season or two. Natural materials such as bamboo and rattan furniture looks especially good. You’ll also want to buy comfortable and durable cushions that are designed to be used outdoors. They’re treated so they don’t fade in the sunlight. Arrange your outdoor furniture in such a way that it encourages conversation between guests as they sit in your yard. There shouldn’t be any isolated chairs without a conversation partner.

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