Create a relaxing backyard space for your whole family

24 April, 2014

Relaxation has so many benefits for your body and overall well-being. Taking time out of your busy schedule to kick back and enjoy a soft summer breeze in your backyard oasis or your sleek and modern deck even has health benefits, like lowering your blood pressure and heart rate and reducing stress, which can help keep you healthier, longer. Here are just a few ways you can create a calming environment for you and your family to enjoy outside:

Hang out in a hammock
Studies have shown that sleeping in a hammock bed is actually good for you! According to Dr. Steven Park, a head and neck surgeon and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the best position for sleep and relaxation is on your back with your head slightly elevated. This allows for optimal blood circulation and more un-obstructed breathing. So why not try this sleep style yourself and include a hammock in your backyard design? You and your family can spend hours outside enjoying the weather together!

Lie back and lounge
Another great option for creating a soothing space in your yard is to kick back on a comfortable chaise lounge with a cool drink in hand. You can find outdoor furniture sets in any color to match your style or mood, so inject a pop of color with a bright, bold orange, or keep it traditional with an outdoor sofa or versatile sectional covered in durable material that's as easy to clean as it is to hang out on.

Don't forget the details
When you're planning your backyard retreat, don't forget all the little things that can keep you comfortable. Soft outdoor throws create a luxurious space for you and your guests. Bolster pillows on your outdoor lounge chairs are a great place to rest your head on a warm summer afternoon. You can find outdoor pillows that will accent the decor on your deck or patio. A wide range of colors and patterns are available that can pull colors from the other pieces you showcase outside.

Everything within reach
So you can really enjoy your space in your free time, you want everything within reach. Opt for a side table that can do double-duty. A table with an umbrella base can keep you shaded and cool, and hold your drink, magazine or book at your fingertips so you don't have to get up on those lazy summer days.