The key to creating an outdoor space that’s both relaxing and magical is to find the right balance between comfort and beauty. Beautiful patio furniture, intricate paths, and magnificent greenery can truly make for a magical getaway. While these are important features of an ideal outdoor space, accessories like the ones mentioned below also play a major role in creating the perfect balance between comfort and beauty.
Stylish Pots and Planters
A great way to add some pizzazz to your outdoor space is with some new planters. This can be especially helpful if you’re still in the process of planting your garden. You can find a variety of pot planters, from wicker and bamboo baskets and ceramic pots to decorative bowls and wall mount options. You can even make your own planters if you want something unique or want to save money.
If you like the idea of DIY, then concrete planters are a nice option you can try out because they’re easy to make and give your space a modern look that’s sure to get a lot of compliments. Even if you don’t want to make your own, there are plenty of options of pot planters available online ranging from basic styles to more ornate and detailed ones.
Just be sure that the pot or container is large enough for the plant you want it for so it can grow properly. A small pot won’t hold enough soil for a tree, for example, so choose carefully depending on what you’re planning to use it for. Use planters to create partitions. Using planters to create separate areas in your outdoor space is a simple way to give it a more intimate feel.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large outdoor area, this will also make it easier for guests to find their way around. If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, consider making an outdoor wall from stacked planters. You can also use pot planters to section off areas in your yard.
For example, you could add some large garden pots to one end of your yard and create a private dining area or reading nook that’s separate from the rest of the space. Another way to divide up your outdoor space is by using tall shrubs or trees. You could place them on either side of your patio area or as makeshift walls for privacy.
Lights for Extra Ambience
String lights are an easy way to bring light and life to your backyard. You can hang them up in trees or on fences and let them shine all year long. If you’re feeling a little craftier, try making your own mason jar lanterns. You’ll need mason jars, solar lights, decorative stones and glue (hot glue works best).
Start by emptying the mason jars and cleaning them out. Then add your decorative stones to the bottom followed by the solar light. Now use glue to secure the solar light inside the mason jar. If you want, you can also add rope around the top of the jar for a rustic look. Place these outside in an area that will get lots of sunlight during the day so they’ll be ready to glow when night falls.
Water Feature for a Relaxing Atmosphere
Whether you have a small backyard or a sprawling lawn, adding a water feature can create an oasis for your family and friends. A pond or fountain is an ideal addition if you love the sound of running water and want to create a relaxing atmosphere. The soothing sounds of flowing water are sure to make any outdoor space more inviting, even if you’re just sitting there by yourself.
You may even find that the noise drowns out surrounding traffic so you can relax in peace. If you’re not ready for such a major project, consider adding smaller features like birdbaths or rain chains. These simple accessories make it easy to add gentle sounds of water any time of year.
Umbrella to Keep You Cool
When the sun is beating down, having an umbrella is a must. It provides shade for you and your guests and prevents food from spoiling or melting. A popular choice is an orange market umbrella that’s easy to assemble and puts off a casual vibe.
Hammock for Lazy Afternoons
A hammock is an excellent thing to have when you want to enjoy a lazy afternoon, or for the kids to play in. You can get various options that suit your space, from a hammock with the stand, which is great for smaller areas, to a tree hammock if you have two trees that you can tie it between, and even a hammock chair for more versatility. Add some cushions and pillows and it will feel like heaven when you’re lying back enjoying the outdoors.
The outdoors is a wonderful place to spend time, but sometimes it can feel a bit too much like “roughing it.” With a few simple steps and a little bit of elbow grease, you can create the perfect outdoor space that’s both beautiful and comfortable, a true retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle of life.