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Planning the Perfect Backyard

With a little careful planning, you can turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis, a family entertainment center, or even a complete open-air home. Backyard decorating doesn’t have to be expensive; with a little help from a professional you can have the perfect backyard. There are plenty of backyard design tips that can help you create the perfect outdoor area.

First, consider the outdoor needs of you and your family. If you have children, designate a play area in an open space of your backyard. Use colorful containers or a large plastic bin to store outdoor toys and design a relaxing sitting and conversation area within eyesight for easy supervision. Your sitting area may be as simple as a few lounge chairs or a full outdoor living area with weather-resistant wicker furniture and colorful throw pillows to brighten the area.

If you plan to do a lot of outdoor entertaining, you will want plenty of sitting room, as well as an outdoor cooking and dining area. Backyard design ideas for outdoor kitchens should include a barbecue and surface space. Your backyard dining room may be furnished with a simple picnic table or a patio table. It is important to plan these backyard areas with convenience in mind and place them as close to your indoor kitchen entrance as possible.

You may prefer a private backyard retreat just for you and your spouse. This could be designed in a small, secluded area of your backyard, near the beauty and tranquility of your garden, or surrounding a relaxing spa. The furnishings in your personal backyard retreat can range from a comfortable garden bench, a hammock, or a custom-designed love seat.

Just like the inside of your home, the accessories and lighting you use to decorate your backyard living space will set the mood and atmosphere for the outdoor part of your home. Citronella candles are great bug repellents and add a subtle glow to your backyard retreat. Colorful accents, like pillows, placemats, and bright chair cushions, can make your outdoor areas very inviting. Consider festive vases full of your favorite flowers for table décor and hang wind chimes for a melodic atmosphere.

Lighting is a very important part of your backyard design. If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining at night, you will want bright lights that illuminate your yard well, especially near your dining area. Propane powered tabletop torches are easy to use and perfect for the backyard. Smaller patio lights are ideal for walkways or sitting areas and simple tiki torches provide an inexpensive lighting option as well.
To keep your backyard retreat enjoyable, as well as presentable, have plenty of storage options for the common backyard items that you want to keep out of sight. Store tools and lawn equipment in a storage shed. Garbage containers can be housed in the garage or behind a decorative wall. Plants and trees also make wonderful barriers, as well as terrific backyard decorations.

Your backyard should be a place of fun and relaxation for you and those you love. Backyard retreats can be as simple or as extravagant as your tastes desire. Careful planning and a few furnishings can transform your backyard into a peaceful outdoor haven or a bright and exciting getaway retreat!


Published Friday, June 22, 2012 6:50 PM by CENTURY 21 Gold Real Estate

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