How to Create a Beautiful Outdoor Space in 5 Simple Steps


Duration ± 3 minutes

Austin McKenna

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How to Create a Beautiful Outdoor Space in 5 Simple Steps

Sometimes our backyards are under-appreciated. We don’t use the full area or even use them at all. Why sit outside when the most comfortable place to be is inside? We’re here to tell you that your outdoor space should be an extension of your indoor living space and that it shouldn’t lack the comfortable feeling the rest of your house encompasses. We believe that every exterior can be beautiful and enjoyable.

When designing your outdoor space, you want to ensure the area is functional as well as beautiful. You want it to feel welcoming; it is part of your home and it deserves to feel like it. Whether you want to host an extravagant dinner party, have a sophisticated wine night, or just enjoy a quiet morning coffee with a side of fresh air, you should love your exterior space.

Every outdoor space is unique, so mix and match the following tips to make your backyard feel like home.

1. Lighting

The lighting in your outdoor space sets the mood and tone of your space. Using soft lighting  around your patio and seating area can create a gentle, subtle, and welcoming space. Lights in your outdoor living area make it feel classy and sophisticated.

Using dynamic lighting to highlight key features of your yard (such as trees, plants, or sculptures) can create dimension in your outdoor space. The goal here isn’t to drown your backyard in excessive light but simply to highlight the most visually appealing aspects.

We can’t forget to talk about the functionality that outdoor lighting adds to your space. Lights extend the hours that you can enjoy your space and bring life to your backyard even after the sun sets. Lighting diverts unwanted attention from intruders and brings attention to hazardous areas like steps and elevation changes.

Mix and match various kinds of lighting to personalize your space. Bring attention to your lovely garden or illuminate your pathway for safety reasons and visually effect.

2. Fire

Adding a fire pit, big or small, creates an atmosphere that sparks conversation and warmth. It can make your backyard feel cozier and encourages you to spend time outside during all times of the year (even those chilly nights). Adding seating around the fire in a circle creates a layout that allows you to see all your friends and family and makes communicating easier and encourages conversation flow. Seriously, it’s science. Look it up.

A fire pit adds value to your home; not only in the form of dollars, but it adds a feeling of sophistication and elegance. A fire pit can bring your friends and family together for valuable quality time.

And of course, they are stunning and add a beautiful touch to any space.

3. Get Comfortable

Just because you are outside, doesn’t mean you should ditch the comfort of inside. Cushions, pillows, and blankets can make a huge difference to the comfort of your outdoor furniture. Couches aren’t just meant for inside anymore! Invest in a few quality outdoor furniture pieces to really increase the comfortability of your space.

4. Water

Flowing waterfalls and decorative ponds can really enhance the atmosphere of your backyard. Waterfalls can stand alone or be added to pools, both have a dramatic effect on your space. Although these water fixtures are a bold statement, they provide an undeniably relaxing area: take a deep breath, close your eyes, and listen to the calming sound of flowing water. Step away from the busyness of everyday life and step into your own piece of serenity.

5. Add Coverage

An overhead canopy or roof increases the functionality of your space – rain or shine you can sit outside with your friends and family. Pergolas are perfect for expanding the amount of time you can spend in your outdoor space. This can also add shade to areas where the sun is just a little bit too much. Don’t let the weather affect how often you can enjoy your beautiful yard – take control and create a space that has purpose.