When summer is hot and there’s no AC inside the house, there’s no better way to escape the heat than to create an outdoor oasis in your backyard. It will relax, recharge, and cool you down. You will enjoy nature without leaving your home. It will serve you for more than one season. Sometimes even in winter if you are in Victoria like me.
These tips will also help if you are getting ready to sell your house. Make it irresistible and engage the buyers to help them imagine spending time in your backyard oasis. And it adds value to your property.
Outdoor living has been one of the most popular home trends in the last few years, and even more since the start of the pandemic. As soon as people started working from home, more and more prefer to work outside from their laptops. As well as having meals, exercising, reading, listening to music, watching TV, enjoying hobbies, etc. Better quality of life, better health. Who wouldn’t want that? Your buyers definitely will.
- Start with plants. Do you have planters that are old and damaged, empty, or contain dead plants? Replace them with new planters, or spray them with bright paint. Plant vibrant perennials in planters and flower beds and they will serve you for years to come. Annuals are also good for a quick fix and colourful impact.
- If you have mismatched or old furniture, replace it. A lot of outdoor furniture is on sale everywhere now. But if the bones are healthy, let’s not create more waste. Refinish and repaint your patio set to give it a new life (and to feel good about it).
- If the deck or patio is small, use multifunctional pieces. For example, get a bench instead of a storage box; it can serve as storage for your pillows and other items. On the other hand, if you have a large backyard, create separate zones and nooks for relaxing, entertaining, cooking, reading, playing with kids, etc. They can be separated with the use of outdoor rugs, plants, or furniture.
- Make your lounging area cozier and more inviting by adding textured layers. Play with accent pillows, throws, curtains, and rugs in various colours, patterns, and textures to create the desired feeling. Vintage finds work really well outside even if it’s not the style of your home. A bonus tip: use at least one colour you have inside the house to create a continuous flow between the indoors and outdoors.
- What is it about string lights and the mood they create? It’s romantic and festive at the same time. Nothing elevates a backyard as these small lights wrapped around trees, shrubs, or draped down railings or columns. They are also a lovely addition to a dining table centerpiece if you are entertaining outdoors.
There are a million ways to create an outdoor oasis, so these are just a few.
I hope it will get your creative juices flowing. Happy staging and decorating!