Whether your goal is to be the host with the most at your next garden party or you’re an outdoor lover looking to create a backyard oasis, your lawn and garden decor are critical.
When most people think of home design, they picture a well-decorated living room or bedroom, exterior home design is often overlooked. But your garden and lawn decor can make or break your overall design! You should enjoy the outside of your home just as much as you do the inside.
That said, there’s a lot that goes into designing the ultimate outdoor space, from landscaping to decor to outdoor activities. So, to help you create the yard of your dreams, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to lawn decorations and design.
Let’s get started!
Create a Plan
As with any home design project, it’s a bad idea to start making changes to your lawn without a plan. To minimize the risk of missteps, you need to strategize beforehand. Don’t worry, this part is more fun than it sounds.
Sit down with a pen and paper (or your smartphone) and make a list of the features your ideal outdoor space would include. This can be anything from a vegetable garden to a fire pit to an outdoor kitchen. Think about what you and your family would enjoy most.
Then, consider the amount of space you’re working with and, if need be, narrow your list down to must-haves that you can fit in your yard.
Next, you need to move on to decor. What aesthetic are you going for? Rustic? Chic? Romantic? Eclectic?
Having an overall vision in mind for the end product of your design will be a huge help when choosing furniture and other decor items.
Start with the Entrance
Even if your yard doesn’t allow you to create the secret garden of your dreams, with the right garden decorations, you can still design a magical entrance to your outdoor space.
One of the best things you can do is lay a path to lead the way. Stones can be expensive, but you can offset the expense of the materials by DIYing the project itself. You don’t have to be a professional to make something beautiful – depending on your aesthetic, the more haphazardly your stones are laid, the better.
A vine-covered gate is another way to create magic in your garden. For an extra eye-catching appearance, surround your gate with potted plants, small trees, and accent lamps.
Create a Camping Corner
If you have children, creating a camping corner in your yard is a great way to add a functional, whimsical design element. Hang fairy lights to set the mood, then build your camping corner around a fire pit.
To make the space multi-functional, be sure to place chairs around the fire pit as well. When your kids aren’t enjoying a mini-camping trip in the backyard, you can sit by the fire with friends.
For added fun, install a flag near the tent area. Designing your own flag can be a fun project for you and your kids, and Titan Products has everything you need to set it up.
Provide Plenty of Seating
Speaking of sitting with friends, one of the most important aspects of your exterior home design should be seating. There’s a variety of seating options to choose from, but don’t be afraid to set up multiple seating areas if you have the space for it.
Perhaps the coziest of outdoor seating choices is the porch swing. If you don’t have a traditional porch, you can hang a porch swing from a pergola or opt for a simple bench swing.
Go big with your outdoor swing! If you install a large swing with a cushion, you can lounge comfortably in your backyard while you read or soak in the sunshine (just be sure to practice proper sun safety when you do).
The goal with seating is to have enough that everyone can spend time together in the garden. If you invite friends or family over often, you might consider adding a few more chairs than your immediate family needs.
Install a Water Feature
Nothing adds elegance and intrigue to an outdoor space like a water feature. This can be a koi pond, a miniature waterfall, or a fountain. Choose the water feature that fits your overall theme best.
If you’re working with a small space, a fountain is for you. Even a tiny fountain tucked in your flower bed or displayed on an end table is enough to add a little something to your yard.
Plant Life is Pivotal
No matter your design goals, your garden and lawn decor should include some greenery. Not only do plants improve the air quality of your yard but caring for a garden can do wonders for your mental health.
Choose plants that speak to you. You can grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, or a mixture of all of them.
Do your research before making your decision, as there are pros and cons to each type of plant, and certain plants are more difficult to care for than others. Not to mention, your yard might not be ideal for some plant life.
If you want to grow flowers, a good place to start is with perennials, these will go dormant in the winter, but will grow back on their own every spring. No need to repurchase every year!
Unless you’re going for a jungle vibe, you don’t want to go completely overboard with your plants. However, in outdoor spaces, you can generally add more plants than any other type of decor without it looking crowded.
Add a variety of plants: potted, hanging, traditional beds, vertical beds, etc. Get creative with your greenery.
Don’t Overlook Lighting
Creating a garden that you can use any time, day or night, requires lighting! Not to mention, a few well-placed lights can take your lawn from ordinary to gorgeous.
There are four main techniques with outdoor lighting: washing, moonlighting, uplighting, and pathway lighting. Try to include a little of each in your design.
Now, except for certain accent and path lights, the goal of your outdoor lighting is to bring attention to aspects of your landscaping, not the fixture itself. Here’s a brief overview of each type.
Washing is an essential lighting technique, especially if you plan to enjoy warm summer evenings in your yard. Wash lighting is what you’ll use to light up your entire outdoor space after dark.
This type of lighting should create a soft, even illumination across the yard and is useful for those who love to entertain or have pets that need to be let out before bed.
Moonlighting is a great way to add a bit of romance to your garden. This type of lighting is designed to mimic the effect of the moon and is typically achieved by mounting spotlights in trees around your yard.
Be selective when choosing the trees from which to hang your fixtures. Open-branched trees are best, but try to pick trees that will look impressive when lit up at night.
The opposite of moonlighting, uplighting is achieved by mounting lights at ground level and pointing them skyward. If you want to create drama or draw attention to a specific aspect of your yard, uplighting is for you.
Uplighting is particularly effective when used to highlight trees and other tall structures. So if you have a stunning oak tree in the middle of your yard, consider making it the centerpiece of the space with uplighting.
Pathway lighting is the most self-explanatory of outdoor lighting techniques. However, it’s important to discuss because many people miss the mark when it comes to their path lights.
The most common mistake made with pathway lighting is overcrowding. How many lights does your path truly require? The goal should be to create soft, romantic lighting, not wash out your path.
Less is more, place your pathway lights in a zig-zag pattern down your path, alternating sides as you go.
Take Your Lawn and Garden Decor to the Next Level with These Tips
Spending time outdoors is vital for your health, as well as that of your family. By spending the time and effort to perfect your lawn and garden decor, you’ll create a welcoming space that your loved ones never want to leave.
Remember, it’s easy to get caught up in trends, but your yard should be a reflection of you. When you begin the planning process, think about the decor and spaces that would suit your family best, and go from there.
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