When you have had a tough day at work, or even a hectic one at home, it is a relief to be able to find a peaceful corner where you can sit back and enjoy some peace. If you have family around, staying indoors may not be much of a relief. Backyards offer a wonderful opportunity to create your own safe haven where you can enjoy your downtime without interference (…well, mostly). With a few well-planned outdoor design ideas, you can make your backyard an oasis where your senses are calmed and spirits lifted.
- Water features
Water features such as fountains, small ponds, and cascading waterfalls are always a good investment. The sound of flowing water has a soothing effect, cleans the air and invites the presence of birds and other small animals into your backyard. The added presence of wildlife next to your home brings with it little noises that are as much a part of nature as you are.
This is another way to encourage more birds to drop by. There are many creative designs of birdfeeders to be found that you can incorporate into the landscape.
You can hang them further away from the house on a tree, or even from your patio ceiling. The chirping of birds can be very soothing and amusing. If you add a wide variety of seeds and nuts, you can also attract other wildlife like squirrels.
Planting flowers is a great way to bring about an enticing aroma in the air and also attract certain creatures like butterflies and some birds. A garden with flowers in full bloom makes for a lovely atmosphere in which to sit with your feet up, and have a cup of tea or glass of wine.
- Extra seating
When you have many family members at home, it might make for a crowded patio. If space allows, consider setting up seating areas in different parts of the yard so a person can have some alone time when they need it.
- Fire pit
A fire pit is a lovely investment that lets you keep warm when the nights get a bit colder. There are many designs to choose from, including easily portable options fueled by gas or propane. Depending on where you live, ensure that the size of fire pit you put in complies with local ordinances.
- Soft lighting
There are many lighting options you can use to brighten your outdoor areas. From solar lamps to citronella candles, you can easily illuminate the yard and add a romantic touch to areas such as ponds and fountains. It will also make it more comfortable and safe r for you to spend time outdoors when it gets darker.