We’re slowly approaching the end of summer, but we still have a couple of weeks left until the leaves start to turn brown and crispy and the temperatures go down. This means we still have the time to enjoy the autumn Sun’s rays for a little while, so it’s best to start beautifying your backyard right away.
For many homeowners in San Diego, sprucing up their outdoor space is an ideal way to showcase their creativity while at the same time creating a welcoming environment where they can spend some quality time with their friends and family members or simply relax after a long day. Need some inspiration? Here, five simple yet effective tips for transforming your outdoor space into a relaxing family oasis.
Include versatile and low-maintenance seating options
When it comes to choosing materials for your outdoor furniture, you want to keep things as low-maintenance as possible. This is especially important for seating areas where children or pets spend a lot of time. While you may like the appeal of wicker furniture, you have to keep in mind that it requires special care. A much better, low-maintenance option would be to choose resin furniture that looks similar to wicker but doesn’t require half as much time to clean and maintain.
The furniture you pick also has to be practical and functional, and sometimes even multipurpose, especially if you’re working with smaller spaces. Benches and ottomans with storage are great add-ons for an outdoor room as they make it easier for you to keep everything tidy and clutter-free while also giving you the option to store all those small items that you need to have on hand when outside. Plus, you will always have extra seating options which can come in handy when entertaining the guests.
Add homely decor pieces for a softer look
Making your outdoor space cozy and comfortable goes beyond adding furniture. It also has to do with how the whole space is decorated, and adding a few home comforts is sure to up the coziness level and create a softer, welcoming look.
Whether it’s drapes, pillows, tablecloths, or a nice comfy outdoor rug, decor pieces go a long way in creating a family-friendly area and making an otherwise dull outdoor lounge come to life. Make sure to match the colors and stick with a simple color scheme consisting of 3-4 colors to create a sense of cohesiveness and create visual interest. Decorating the backyard can easily become a family activity – simply assign your kids with some DIY craft projects such as tie-dyeing the pillowcases or making a beautiful vase for the flowers. They’ll feel included in the process and you’re guaranteed to have some fun time together, too.
Bring audio and video entertainment outdoors
What’s a family outdoor space without some proper entertainment? Technology has come a long way and today, you can find weatherproof tech devices that will allow you to make the most of your outdoor events without worrying about them getting damaged from elements.
Whether you’re throwing a backyard movie night, celebrating with friends, or dining al fresco with your family members, a high-quality outdoor entertainment set is sure to take your outdoor experience to the next level. For instance, a great LED outdoor TV will provide you with perfect pictures and stunning visuals while a soundbar will ensure a clear and powerful sound experience for your backyard events. You can also go ahead and add a gaming console as an entertainment option for both the kids and adults.
Add a fireplace or a fire pit
Whether you choose to buy one or make it a DIY project, fire pits and fireplaces can be wonderful additions to a family outdoor space. Not only are they going to give an instant boost to your home’s curb appeal, but they’re also very practical and versatile. They are great at keeping your guests warm during those chilly summer nights, and they can also be used for barbecuing when you feel like cooking outdoors. Plus, the kids love roasting their marshmallows over an open flame, so they’re guaranteed to have some fun as well.
Finally, safety is an important part of designing a family-friendly backyard, and the flame from the fireplace or a fire pit is excellent for illuminating an outdoor space, but you should definitely add some other sources of light, too.
Make use of smart tech gadgets
Speaking of infusing your backyard with technology, you may also want to introduce a couple of smart gadgets as well. Some homeowners may choose to add backyard gadgets such as a USB umbrella that lets you charge your phone or tablet while you’re outside while others may want to use the technology to pest-proof their backyard with smart add-ons such as electronic bug zappers.
Some may want to make their backyard chores a bit easier with a robotic lawn mower while others may want to beautify their outdoor spaces by adding a water element or installing smart outdoor lighting. Whichever option you choose, your backyard is sure to benefit from incorporating some tech add-ons.
Just like your home, your outdoor space should be a space you love spending time in. Use these tips to give your backyard a makeover and turn it into an ideal family oasis for spending the rest of the warm summer’s days.