How to style and design your new backyard

It's easier than you think to revamp the layout and decor of your backyard. (iStock)

Alejandra Orozco

Your backyard provides you with the perfect space to relax, enjoy a swim, cook, or entertain. If you’re ready to give your home’s outdoor space a makeover, the sky’s the limit.

It’s important for Hume and Whittlesea residents to know how to style and design their backyard right – from a pond or swimming pool to new landscaping, this guide has some helpful tips and ideas to get you started.

Backyard design elements

Layout: Just like you’d consider the layout of the inside of your home, the same applies to your backyard. Consider the size and shape of your backyard and use it as a guide to design a layout that works for you and your family’s needs.

Color and texture: Plants, furniture, and hardscaping like stones and pavers help you create a combination of color and texture. Layer textures by incorporating different types of plants and combining soft cushions on your furniture to contrast with the hardness of your patio and walkway. Add more color by using a wide variety of flowers and other plants, or by adding a patio umbrella or colorful patio furniture for a fun touch.

Light: Every space needs proper lighting, including your backyard. Use overhead lights to provide more brightness in the evening and solar string lights or walkway lights for accent lighting. Wait until you’ve completed your backyard makeover and have the layout in place before installing any new outdoor lighting.

Scale and proportion: Make sure that everything in your backyard is to scale so that nothing overpowers anything else. Use trees and shrubs to create a nice visual look that gives the backyard an even appearance.

Whether you love to go swimming or cook outside, it’s easy to design the ultimate backyard oasis. Keep these tips in mind as you choose a layout, plants, lighting, and fun features. With the right backyard design, you’ll have a place to enjoy and entertain your guests for many years to come.

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