Aren’t you just tired of being indoors the whole time? Whether it’s working or taking care of your daily chores, you spend most of the time inside the house. Sure, there’s not much to do anyway with all those lockdowns we’ve been having, but going outside and getting some fresh air every now and then doesn’t sound too bad.
Some people go on weekly camping or hiking trips while others develop some other, not-so-physical forms of connecting with nature. If you find yourself relating to the latter, then your best bet is to kick your feet up in your backyard and enjoy some sun. Besides, spring is the perfect season to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones and summer is just around the corner. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the lovely weather, would you? Of course not.
But if you want to make the whole thing even more enjoyable, you’ll need to equip your space with a stylish outdoor set. We’ll be giving you a quick list of all the things you can include in your backyard.
How Can You Decorate Your Backyard?
Here’s the thing – you don’t have to go overboard when shopping for outdoor decorations. Don’t buy everything you see because then you run the risk of cluttering your space. Be smart when it comes to shopping for essentials and don’t splurge on anything that’s even the slightest bit appealing. We’re here to make sure you stay on the right track.
This is the heart and soul of your backyard. It’s the place where everyone gets together to enjoy some finger-licking food and refreshing drinks. It’s where you’ll hear lots of different stories told from across the firepit, secrets whispered in the warm breeze and laughs shared over a few drinks. This is what makes lounge sets the most important part of all Aussie outdoor settings.
You might be wondering, which outdoor set is the best for your garden? Well, the choice of furniture depends entirely on your preferences and how much free space you have at your disposal. If you have a larger garden, you can go all out with a lavish sofa set and a large table. But if you’re running low on space, you’ll have to settle for a minimalist set of lounge chairs with a small coffee table.
In any case, you need to make sure that the furniture you choose is durable and waterproof. All of those items that are not water-resistant are easily prone to cracks and deterioration from exposure to all sorts of weather conditions. In other words, you need to make sure that your outdoor set will be able to withstand the many moods of Mother Nature. Otherwise, you’ll end up shopping for a new one sooner rather than later.
If you really want to embrace a natural aesthetic, go for furniture that’s made of wood. Some of the most popular options include cedar and teak because of their long-lasting and insect-repelling characteristics. Another resilient material for outdoor sets is rattan because it’s lightweight and easy to maintain. And last but not least, for those of you that are keener on industrial styles of decoration, you might want to check out metal outdoor furniture that’s resistant to corrosion and rust.
Pots and Plants
Why should you stick to the only greenery that inherently comes with your garden? Instead, we’d suggest planting a few of your favourite flowers on your own so that you can add a bit of colour in a generally monochromatic area. These days, there are loads of beautifully-crafted garden plant pots that will surely let you grow your green thumb in style.
When it comes to the materials, you have three basic options. For starters, both ceramic and clay garden plant pots aren’t just pleasing to look at but they’re also quite beneficial to the plant itself. This is because they allow water and air to move freely from the sides which, in turn, stimulates healthy root development. This also means that there’s no risk of you overwatering your plants because the pots are great at wicking away moisture. Unfortunately, ceramic models are a little on the heavier side so it might be a little difficult to move them around as you please.
On the other hand, metal pots are a great choice if you’re looking to add some elegance and sophistication to your garden. You can even repurpose an old metal container to make it look like a planter when you’re looking to save money. Sounds pretty tempting, don’t you think? Unfortunately, metal is a type of material that heats up quite easily when exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. As a result, it can dry out your plants and prevent their healthy development which is definitely not a good sign.
And last but not least, plastic planters are perhaps the most budget-friendly and cost-effective option. Plus, they come in a range of colours and designs and they’re super lightweight which means you’ll be able to move them around as you please. However, the downside is that they’re less durable and more likely to crack than other materials.
Fountains and Bird Baths
While both fountains and birdbaths are quite the sight for sore eyes, they’re also meant to serve a practical function – providing some freshness for both humans and birds alike. In addition, having birds fly around more often contributes to a more luscious garden because they have a tendency to aerate the soil. Birds can also feed on all of those pesky insects and pests that are constantly damaging your greenery. It sounds like a win-win situation, don’t you think?