Awesome things to do in your backyard this summer

summer backyard ideas

Stepping out into your backyard should give you the same cozy feeling as climbing into your own bed after being away from home. Whether you’ve custom designed your outer space, or are working with already established features, make it a dream oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Consider the following summer backyard ideas for creating an awesome at-home venue for everyone to enjoy.

Comfy Camping

Camping is a great outdoor activity, but you can easily turn your yard into a spectacular spot for appreciating the elements. Gather up snacks and blankets, set up your tent, and take in the wonders of the night sky. If you’re short on space, make a tabletop fire bowl for roasting marshmallows and sitting back to star gaze and identify constellations. If possible, create a lounge area with air mattresses and cardboard “cars” for kids, so you can watch movies on an inflatable or a makeshift screen. Strategically place landscape lights and lanterns along the walkways, for safe, well illuminated movements between the yard and house.

A Perfect Corner Hideaway

A little backyard nook is similar in theory to personal camping, as it’s part of making a warm, inviting outdoor space. Fashioned from string lights, colorful fabrics and expressions of your interests and tastes, picture a super snugly cocoon where the world is yours.   String a hammock between shady trees, make a teepee out of branches and curtains, or drape a canopy over your favorite chaise lounge or chairs. Add plants, tea lights, and pillows and make it the perfect retreat for reading, artwork, yoga, meditation, staycation picnics and whatever else serves as down time.

Outdoor Fun and Games

Sometimes the best ways to unwind are the simplest and the silliest. Use pavement chalk to leave cute messages for loved ones, or adapt the game of Twister to the lawn. Arrange directional lighting so that you can play croquet, horseshoes, miniature golf or swing on repurposed tires or chairs even when the sun sets. Kid-friendly summer backyard ideas include:

  • puppet stages
  • faery gardens
  • hopscotch
  • water gun and bubble making stations
  • scavenger hunts
  • in-ground trampolines
  • water balloon and papier-mâché candy-filled pinatas
  • ball pits, homemade slime pits and sensory stations made out of kiddie pools

Pool Parties for Everyone

Bold, bright dishware, tiki torches, palm trees, inflatable chairs, and low-voltage pond lighting enhance pool areas, but what if you don’t have the space for swimming? Lay a tarp out under a sprinkler for a slip-n-slide, or simply set up a water obstacle course with kiddie pools. Collect stones from your yard and surround neighbourhood parks as well as make your own pebble mats for everyone to clean or dry their feet off on. Toddler wading pools are also terrific for dogs. Make sure to place them under shade so your pup can stay cool.

Creature Comforts

Part of choosing decorating and lighting ideas to make your yard more inviting for yourself is also keeping it a peaceful place for all inhabitants. Since you’re most likely sharing yard space with a few creatures, make it appealing and comfortable for them too. Designate a spot away from where you entertain, for bird-houses, bird-baths, and bat-houses. Avoid food waste by stocking a butterfly feeder with old fruit that the insects love and craft obstacle courses for squirrels to navigate as they forage for nuts and treats.

Multi-Purpose Fencing

Fencing does more than establish privacy and borders, it’s also a wonderful canvas for the imagination. Use slats to mount sculptures, flower pots, or musical instruments. Transform a flat surface into a climbing wall, or use it as a background for to paint glow-in-the-dark murals. With LED garden lights to complement the perimeters, you can create quite a visual statement!

What’s your favorite thing to do in your backyard when the sun is shining? Tell us in the comments section below?

 

 

4 Of The Best Outdoor Decorating Ideas to Try This Summer

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to make your outdoor nest cosy and beautiful. You don’t need to break the bank to give your garden a summer makeover – all it takes is a few simple touches. In this blog post, we bring you our favorite outdoor decorating ideas for summer.

Outdoor Lights Add Charm

We’re a lighting company, so the first recommendation on our list is choosing outdoor lights to add some charm to your garden, and with so many options to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. Landscape lightings are great for trees, pathways, ponds and more, each adding its own personal touch to your outdoor space. You can even get creative with your own DIY lighting projects.

Make The Most Of Your Space

One of the main reasons people choose to do nothing with their garden is because of a lack of space. If you have a small outdoor space, go for a vertical garden, i.e. planting along a wall or fence. This way you can still make your garden look beautiful without creating a cluttered appearance. Summer is also a great time to grow edible plants, such as basil, parsley and mint.

Bird Is The Word

If you dream of birds singing on a Sunday morning, there’s no reason you can’t make this dream a reality. The best way to attract birds? With a bird bath. Concrete bird births are readily available to buy, or you can even craft one yourself collecting platters or plates from your kitchen and painting them. As well as enhancing the beauty of your garden, these will also be shallow and inviting enough for birds wanting to take a dip in the summer sun.

Add An Outdoor Water Fountain

What’s more refreshing on a summer’s day than the soft splash of running water? There are tons of water fountains available to buy, from small hanging fountains to large rock sculptures. Ceramic pot fountains are also perfect if you’re looking for a petite, yet attractive waterfall arrangement.

If you don’t have the budget, you can also get creative and find various DIY outdoor fountain ideas on the web.

What are your favorite outdoor decorating ideas for summer? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Landscape lighting ideas for the BBQ area

Time to fire up the grill for some delicious barbecue! Good outdoor lighting is a must for the outdoor chef or griller. It makes cooking out easier by providing the kind of focused task lighting you need to gauge cooking times. Appropriate outdoor lighting also ensures safety for every one. This way your party doesn’t have to end when the the sun goes down.

Below are few ideas and tips to help you brighten up your barbecue space for the summer.

New West Classic
Photo by Clay Construction Inc.

Step deck lights can provide the much needed safety around stairs in the evening light.

Tropical Landscape

Our round step deck lights have a sleek clean look and provides a warm light spread that can be added to any area.

3013 NE 9th
Photo by Donna Wax, Architect

The uplighting technique achieved by pointing a few directional lights to the plants and trees around the barbecue area can extend that summer evening feel throughout the night.

Classic Patio Renovation
Photo by Olive Branch Integrated Outdoor Design

Strategic lighting at counter borders and ends provides a subtle elegant look.

Serene Backyard in Surrey with Fire Pit, Eating Area and Built in BBQ
Photo by AZURO Concepts Inc.

Lastly, path area lighting can be used to highlight radial areas for steps, features and walkways.

Felling inspired already? Head over to Best Pro Lighting online shop to get the best deals on landscape lighting.