If you long for that beautiful backyard but don’t quite have the budget to hire a professional landscape designer, you’ve come to the right place. At BPI, we realize that not everyone has the budget to hire an outdoor living space designer. So we’ve taken the time to create our top recommendations on what you can do to spruce up your outdoor living space without breaking the bank. Ready to get started? Here we go!
1.) Optimize for traffic patterns – Better Homes and Gardens recommends setting up traffic patterns in your living space when possible. “No matter the size of your yard, your outdoor living spaces will work better together if you establish traffic patterns. You can do this in a variety of ways, including laying formal walkways, creating shifts in hardscape materials, or planting shrubs or trees to establish corners and borders.”
2.) Have a variety of seating options – From outdoor love seats, benches, and lawn chairs, having plenty of seating options for your visitors will help make the experience more pleasurable. You can even mix and match cushions and pillows to give it a designer look and feel.
3.) Create a focal point – At BPI, one of our favorite outdoor focal points are our outdoor fire features. It creates a nice place for friends and family to gather around and chat on a cool fall evening. Other focal point ideas include a piece of furniture, artwork, or water fountain.
4.) Add visual appeal – There are many ways this can be achieved such as color planters, outdoor rugs, seating and more. Adding some light sources such as solar lighting, hanging light strands, and illuminating pathways are a few of the trends for this year.
5.) Think high and low – Many homeowners make the mistake of only decorating on the ground. Wall containers, outdoor-suitable art, or salvage outdoor signage letters found at your local thrift stores, are all good ways to dress up boring walls. You may also want to consider a few hanging plants, shelves for storage, and light fixtures as additional accents.
For more ideas and inspiration, we invite you to visit our showroom in Indianapolis. Visit our webpage to learn more.