If there's one mistake most dwellers make, it's not paying enough attention to the spaces outside of your home. While we appreciate an impeccably designed interior, you'd be remiss not to decorate your backyard with an equal amount of style as any other room inside of your house.
Whether you're working with endless square footage or you have a tiny deck that needs a little something to get you outside more often, we have the inspiration you need to up your backyard design game.
1 | Make It Comfortable
Do yourself a favor and invest in comfortable outdoor furniture. Extra comfy pieces will call out to you after long days, which will ensure that you're always getting the most of your backyard setup.
2 | Circle Around a Fire
Gathering around a fire is one of the oldest forms of socializing. There's something to be said about toasting your favorite wine with friends and family outdoors under the stars, huddled around a crackling fire.
While most dwellers only take advantage of this age-old activity when partaking in outdoor activities, like camping or beach bonfires, there's no reason you can't bring the age-old ritual to your very own backyard.
3 | Try Outdoor Curtains
Installing a rod with outdoor curtains will give your backyard an upscale cabana feel, plus some added privacy for lounging, reading, or hanging by the pool.
QUICK TIP - Outdoor curtains are stars for much more than their good looks—they provide tons of shade on extra sunny days.
4 | Warm Things Up
An impeccably decorated backyard will inevitably make your home the go-to for outdoor gatherings all season long. Our best advice is to be prepared for chillier nights. Invest in an outdoor heater to keep your guests comfortable after the sun goes down.
5 | Install Statement Lighting
If you have a pergola, here's your sign to dress it up with statement overhead lighting. Hang a cluster of paper lanterns and fairy lights from the beams and you've got yourself an outdoor take on a modern chandelier.
6 | Make It Kid-Friendly
Whether all your friends have kids or it's just your little ones running around, creating an outdoor space that's kid and parent-friendly will make the perfect backdrop for lifetime memories. We're building this snow cone station in our own backyards stat.
7 | Give Old Pieces New Life
Redesigning your backyard can be expensive. If you have some family heirlooms lying around, here's the perfect place to display them. If you don't, there's never a bad time to visit a thrift store.
QUICK TIP - Not only is it easy on your wallet, the final look will have just the perfect amount of old-world charm.
8 | Upcycle Your Outdoor Furniture
Sometimes, the coolest furniture pieces are the ones you can't buy. Don't believe us? This table was made with a piece of scrap metal and a slab of stone for the top—and still looks utterly chic.
9 | Try the Rattan Trend
There's no better time than spring to try the rattan trend, but the good news is the timeless look will look fabulous in your home all year round. Potted plants and string lights will make it the most Instagrammable backyard on the block.
10 | Plan for Outdoor Entertaining
If you pride yourself on being the hostess with the mostess, the ultimate backyard showpiece is elusive outdoor movie screen. A tent and plenty of floor cushions cozy things up and make it the perfect place to crash under the stars when the movie runs late.
11 | Make It Dinner-Party Ready
As the weather warms up, you're going to want to spend more time outdoors. Designate a space for dinners al fresco and keep it dinner-party ready with plenty of seating, outdoor lighting and fresh flowers clipped from your garden to dress up your table.
12 | Keep a Well-Stocked Bar Cart
Nothing gets a backyard boogie going quite like a well-stocked bar cart. Some ice, sparkling water, and citrus garnishes will keep your guests hydrated—and it looks cute to boot.
13 | Go With Fancy Tiles
When you think of fancy patterned tiles, formal dining rooms might come to mind. But if your budget allows, installing a statement tile in your outdoor space will transport you to a resort on the Italian coast.
14 | Think Outside The (Furniture) Box
Take it back to basics with a rustic setup like this backyard retreat. Set up some seating made of tree stumps—just like our ancestors did it—and stock the space with plenty of cozy blankets and tools for cooking the perfect s'more.
QUICK TIP - This rustic approach will make for a backyard campsite you'll never want to pack up.
15 | Create Entertaining Zones
The secret to a well-balanced backyard lies in the layout. Creating entertaining zones, like a cozy seating area and separate dining space, will ensure that your guests always feel at home. And when you're not hosting, you have plenty of lounging options to enjoy.
16 | Establish a Colour Story
Creating and sticking to a gorgeous colour story will make your outdoor space look so polished. We love this royal blue setup that includes porcelain plates and lumbar pillows on each chair, which pop against the wooden tabletop.
17 | Soak Up the Sun
Whether your backyard boasts a sparkling pool or not, a couple of outdoor chaise loungers make your space the perfect place to lay out and work on your tan.
18 | DIY a Fire Pit
Fire pits can sometimes be expensive, and if we're being honest, sometimes the best home décor items are the ones you take to make yourself. An afternoon DIY project, some boulders, and some firewood can provide backyard entertainment for years to come.
19 | Bring On the Old-World Charm
It's often proven that less is actually more and this backyard setup is what we mean. The rustic, solid wood dining table and chairs in this adorable home will make you think you're in your very own Moroccan hideaway.
20 | Install an Outdoor Shower
There's nothing like an al-fresco shower on a sunny spring day. Install an outdoor shower head and switch up your shower routine all season long.