Game-Changing Backyard Inspiration

As summer approaches we all look forward to spending time outdoors. But is your backyard ready to handle days of relaxing and entertaining outside? Get ready for the season with one of these game-changing ideas from the interior designers and renovation experts at Décor Aid.

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If you’ve got the budget for it, adding an outdoor kitchen boosts both the functionality of your backyard AND your property value when looking to resell your home. As a less expensive alternative, you can always go DIY with sturdy surfaces and a meal-prep station that you can easily put away when not in use.



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Add a pop of color in your backyard or patio with graphic two-toned tiles and other vibrant patterns.



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Chilly evenings or not, everyone will enjoy gathering around an outdoor fire pit or fireplace every night. Even better if you center your seating and furnishings around yours to ensure a comfortable conversation area.



{Builder: Coats Homes | Architecture: SHM Architects | Landscape Architecture: The Garden Design Studio | Interiors: Neal Stewart Designs | Photography: Nathan Schroder}

Since pools can be a major investment and require care throughout the year, they aren’t for every home. But as an alternative, you could consider a hot tub that’s easier to manage, or a small pond or water feature.



{Builder: Coats Homes | Architecture & Interiors: SHM Architects | Landscape Architecture: The Garden Design Studio | Photography: Nathan Schroder}

When it comes to entertaining over the summer, nothing beats a proper outdoor bar. And don’t forget a professionally installed cooler that’ll withstand rain and other challenging weather conditions.



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It goes without saying that the right plants are essential as they’ll thrive throughout the season while adding color and texture in your backyard. So source as many hanging plants, climbing plants, and plants in planters as you can to liven up your backyard.



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Spend summer evenings relaxing outdoors at the end of a long day in a designated lounge area complete with a durable table and plenty of seating in a shaded or covered area.



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Think a wood deck, a wooden pergola, and wooden furnishings for another classic backyard look. To keep things light, pair your wooden features with bold colors and patterns. And make sure that your wooden features are properly finished to withstand the wear and tear of daily weather challenges and use.


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