There’s no denying how much Aussies love spending time outdoors. Whether it’s having a small get together with family or a big celebration with friends, there is nothing better than catching up at an outdoor gathering. Your entertainment area can be the difference between a nice social event and a fantastic one. Here are some landscaping ideas that you can put in place to transform your backyard into the perfect entertaining space:
The Layout Of Your Yard
First things first, before you go and buy anything or commit to any plans, you need to work out the layout of your yard and where things should be placed to complement the space and not encroach it or make it impractical. A well-designed backyard flows and is highly functional. Once you have established what you want in your yard, you can design each space accordingly.
Bring The Indoors Outdoors
When designing your backyard, your indoor and outdoor area should be considered as one cohesive space. By joining the indoor and outdoor spaces like the one, you can make the interior and exterior appear bigger. Space should be appealing and inviting to draw you outside. You can do this with an extension or something as simple as stretching garden structures.
Use The Same Flooring Inside And Out
This a great way to create the illusion of space and cohesive space that flows from one to another. Flooring that continues from inside the house to outside draws the eye out to the end of the finish. You should ensure that the flooring you choose is nonslip and that the same grout and finishes are used. To further create a look of one area, use flush thresholds for doors; this way, there’s no door frames interrupting the space.
Choose Your Materials Carefully
Using finishes that are commonly used for indoors, outdoors can blur the boundaries between the two. Just ensure that the finishes you choose are designed within outdoor environments. An inexpensive way of tying your indoor space with your outdoor one is by using the same color paint on your fence. Make sure you use an exterior version, though.
Lighting is a great way to enhance your entertainment. If you don’t have adequate light in place, you will find yourself and your guests moving indoors when the sun starts to set. You can highlight trees, plants, sculptures, or your pool with lighting to create a focal point. Fairy lights are an excellent way to create ambiance in your backyard and are relatively inexpensive too.
Outdoor rooms are extremely popular. Mostly, they are a living room outside. For the ultimate entertaining area, you can add some of these things enhance the space:
- Outdoor fabric sofas and armchairs for comfort
- An outdoor heater
- A fridge
- An outdoor kitchen
- Outdoor rug
- Coffee table
- An outdoor ceiling fan
Build A Pergola
While it’s lovely to be outside on a warm, sunny day, if you have nowhere to retreat to, it can become unbearable. Adding a pergola can extend your entertainment by providing shade and protection from the rain. A pergola is a simple way to extend the indoor area to the outdoors. The structure also allows for the easy installation of lighting.
Cool Down On Hot Days With A Pool
A swimming pool is the ultimate source of entertainment in a backyard. Guaranteed to provide countless hours of fun in the sun. What better way to spend your free time than catching up with family and friends and finishing it off with a swim in the pool. By adding a waterslide and some blow-up toys, you can take your entertaining to the next level. A swimming pool can significantly improve the appeal of the yard and the lifestyle of the owner.
Relax With A Spa
A spa provides a retreat for the adults to catch up while relaxing. The warm water of a spa in conjunction with the jets massage tired, achy muscles. It’s an excellent way to destress and unwind. A pool with a spa is a great way to keep the kids and adults entertained.
Warm Things Up With A Fire Pit
When the weather gets colder, you don’t want to miss out on spending time outside because it’s too cold. A fire pit is a perfect addition to any backyard. No need to stop the party when the weather is cold, just start up the fire, and away you go.
Camouflage The Eyesores
If you can’t remove them, you can enhance the look of your outdoor area by camouflaging the unsightly things that reside in your backyard. Here some tips to help you hide the not so attractive thing in your yard:
- Revive an old fence with a fresh coat of paint or stain
- Hide bins, hot water systems, and aircon units with screenings
- Plant shrubs or climbing plants near a garden shed and paint it to match the exterior of the house or fencing if it doesn’t already
- Place grass on any areas of exposed dirt
- Cut back trees and plants to create a neatly groomed look
Outdoor entertaining areas can feel more welcoming and safer from peering eyes when there is a sense of enclosure. Screenings such as fences, lattice, outdoor blinds, and vertical gardens can all provide privacy to your space.
For many homes, greenery, such as grass, plants, and trees, make up a big part of the backyard. If you plan on entertaining in your backyard, it’s essential that the greenery you choose for your backyard is well thought out and complements the space. Greenery can create dimension and enhance the look of your yard. If you do not want to commit to looking after a garden regularly, put in low maintenance, hardy plants such as cacti, succulents, and native plants. Choose plants that are suited to your climate; this way; they will look great year-round and will require little effort to keep them thriving.
If you choose to have an undercover area or pergola for your backyard, you want to ensure that the flooring is sturdy and safe. There’s nothing worse than having a grassy area that is dirty or muddy to walk in; it will end up getting trudged all through your backyard and house. It also doesn’t make a very safe place for chairs and seating. It’s a good idea to put in strong permanent flooring. This will ensure that it is safe, and it will enhance the experience of being outside rather than worrying about dirt and mud getting on your feet.
Here at Barrier Reef Pools Perth, we believe that a well-designed swimming pool can make a beautiful focal point in the backyard and is an ideal source of entertainment for the kids and big kids alike. They bring people together and provide a space to make lifelong memories with those you care about most. We have over 30 years’ experience transforming people’s backyards and lifestyles, and we would love to be a part of creating something special for your home.