There are so many components involved in designing your perfect backyard. Some are large and invasive projects such as pools and water features, or terraced retaining walls. But bigger isn’t always better, and the addition of tasteful and elegant outdoor furniture and accessories is a simple way to transform your backyard into a space you can’t wait to come home to.
1. Define the Dimensions of the Outdoor Area
Measure the area of the space that you are designing so you know what you have to work with. At this point, a sketch of your backyard will be very helpful throughout each step in the design process.
2. Identify the Function of Your Backyard
Start the design process by identifying the primary use and goals for your outdoor space. Will it be for outdoor cooking and entertaining, kid-friendly use, lounging and relaxation, sunbathing, or patio gardening? Think of your backyard or patio as a part of your home that can function as another room.
3. Choose a Style
As an extension of your home, you may choose the same design style that you have in your home for your outdoor living space. Are your tastes modern and contemporary, traditional, transitional, eclectic, or more French Country? Furniture frames come in a variety of styles, and outdoor fabric color and print options are nearly endless.
Choosing design style will drive all of your purchases including furniture, fabric selection, and accessories such as rugs and pillows. Be sure the style will flow well with the rest of your existing backyard landscaping.
4. Use an Online Design Tool
Online design tools are beneficial to help you figure out how you would like to layout your furniture and accessories. It’s a good way to visualize exactly how everything will fit in your space. Your furniture and accessory layout should be cozy but still flow well without feeling cluttered. This step is essential in knowing exactly what you will need to purchase.
5. Go Shopping!
After you’ve gone through the steps above to thoroughly plan the design of your backyard retreat you’re ready to buy everything you need for the project. You will be amazed at how dramatically just a few outdoor furnishings will transform a concrete patio into an inviting living area.
Here are some options for you to consider when shopping for outdoor furniture.
Outdoor Patio Furniture
Be thoughtful with furniture purchases—you will get what you pay for. Outdoor furniture needs to be sturdy and well-crafted from high-quality materials so it is able to withstand outdoor weather conditions. Don’t forget to consider outdoor furniture covers to protect your investment and keep the furniture clean.
Choose the type of tables that will be appropriate for the function of your outdoor living space. Large rectangular tables are ideal for dining and entertaining, but not if your patio is small and will be used as a sitting area. Coffee tables and end tables function well in sitting areas.
Chairs, sofas, chaise lounge, benches, bar stools…oh my! There are many options for seating—you’re sure to find exactly what you need in a design that you love. The size and function of your patio living will determine the type of seating you choose. A chaise lounge or chair and ottoman are good options for relaxation, and a sofa and chairs are ideal for sitting areas.
Patio Fire Pits
Nothing creates a warm, intimate, and even romantic atmosphere quite like a fire table. The kids will enjoy roasting marshmallows, and you’ll love how your fire table lights up the night and provides heat when it’s cold outside.
Leave Room for Planters
Be sure to include plenty of space for plants when designing the layout of your outdoor retreat. Potted plants add color, texture, and warmth to an outdoor living space. A fully-landscaped yard can still benefit from including plants into the patio design.
Planters are the ideal accessory to include if your backyard is in an urban area with wall-to-wall concrete. Plant trees, vegetables, flowers, or an outdoor herb garden.
Rugs, decorative pillows, and garden lighting are components that personalize your new patio oasis. Add pops of color and warmth with these accessories. Garden lights contribute to the mood and atmosphere of your space when the sun goes down. Be sure to include any lighting accessories in your online layout.
Shade any area of your yard with a patio umbrella. Outdoor umbrellas are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes to help you enjoy your backyard oasis even more. The height and angle of outdoor umbrellas are easily adjustable so you can get the most shade at any time of day.
Designing your new backyard retreat is an exciting process. Hopefully, you’re excited to get started! When you thoughtfully plan out your design you can be sure that your outdoor living space can be used any time day or night and in any kind of weather. Enjoying your new outdoor area for entertaining and relaxation is just a few steps away.