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This backyard living space is super simple, yet so inviting. The hanging chair just begs you to hop in and chill out. The yard itself is mainly lawn, creating a feeling of space and calm, with a few hedging plants around the outside. I love the wooden terrace and the pot plant in the corner.
2. Inviting Seats
Creating a nice little corner in your backyard, like this one, is a great way to make your yard feel inviting. They’ve just some simple items like candle holders and a small wooden table to create interest, and small pot plants for colour. I’d surround this corner with scented plants for ultra decadence!
This terrace is amazing with its ‘walk-into-my-hideaway’ appearance. I love how the walkway opens up to a broader terrace, and the furniture is spot-on. I’d add some colourful cushions! The owners have used grasses and smaller ground covering plants along the walkway, and bigger, shade-creating trees around the back.
4. Dedicated Outdoor Cooking
We have something like this set up at our place, just a simple outdoor place, outlined with rocks. We purchased a camping firepit cooking set up, which is now permanently set up over the firepit. It has a plate for grilling meat and hooks for kettles etc. We use it all the time, from a quick campfire at night, to grilling some marshmallows, it’s become one of our favourite spaces!
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5. Happy Place
6. Low Maintenance & Modern
This backyard space is ultra low-maintenance and has a very modern feel about it. I’m missing some little tables around the chairs and the couch under the pergola, but the exposed brick wall is cool. This would be gorgeous with some backyard hammocks! The yard is mainly lawn, with potted topiaries lining the steps. The pool is amazing, of course.
7. Pergola Paradise
This blue of the cushions is stunning, it goes really well with the lawn and the wall. The thing I love the most here is the hanging plants that come down over the back wall, it creates a natural curtain. Hanging pots and lights are a great addition.
8. Macrame and Knit
9. Outdoor Dining
10. Rugged Up
This rug! I wouldn’t have picked this if I saw it in the shop, but it looks amazing on this wooden terrace, with the rattan furniture. I would have loved some colourful cushions, maybe in red, for some pops of colour.
11. Rocking Chairs
This old-style seating set up is great, especially with the taller grass-like plants behind it. Yucca-style plants would look great there, as would smaller palms like Chamaedorea’s, or Cordylines for colour. The little table is great, and it looks like it has an umbrella for shade. I could see myself sitting here, chilling with a good book. Might just need a foot stool.
12. Tropical Resort Style
13. Easy Does It
The only thing missing here is a pergola-style roof over the seats on the terrace. I love the tree, perfectly positioned for shade. They have an umbrella set up, so they must be using that in place of a roof, but with a roof you could set up a permanent grill/outdoor kitchen for full functionality. The lawn is huge and spacious, and I like the pops of topiaries for interest.
Every backyard needs a hammock or two! This hammock, with its lace edges and boho look, is amazing and would fit in any backyard design. I have a couple of hammocks on the veranda, and a couple in the garden under big mango trees. They’re so versatile, just move them elsewhere if the positioning doesn’t suit, or take them camping. See the best backyard hammocks and best sleeping pads for hammocks.
15. Outdoor Room
This small space has been transformed into an outdoor room. An easy-to-maintain floor, exposed-stone wall, right down to simple chairs, I love this. It’s ultra private, what a space for a relaxing chat and a coffee! I’d try and find space for a hot tub or outdoor shower here somewhere, it’s perfect.
This one won’t be everyone’s cup-of-tea, but then again, what design is? And, by the way, if you do like a cup of tea – why not grow your own? It’s a work of art for your own tastes, not someone else’s.
I, for one, love this. Yes, it’s dark and possibly a bit creepy (look at the feet on that bench!), but it’s a place for wonder and meditation, connecting with mythical things, maybe some fairies. That variegated shrub is awesome! Looks like a great place to sit in summer, you’d get all-day shade.
17. Another Viewpoint
Yes, this is that same rug again, the one I’d never buy in the shop but looks amazing in this setting. I just wanted to show you another perspective of it, in particular the rocks they’ve mulched the garden with. (Be careful with rock mulch if you’re in a hot or super cold climate though, they’re not very good at regulating soil temperature and can harm your plants.) That big tree is incredible.
18. Swim in Style
The ultimate in indoor-outdoor flow. This big glass wall with giant sliding doors and instant connection with the backyard is a dream! You could sit on that big chair, indoors, and enjoy the outdoors without interruptions. Any pool is a great pool, indeed, but this one is very modern and unobtrusive. The Dragon Trees living the pool are fantastic no-mess trees, will live forever, and are super hardy.
19. House Enhancement
A perfect example of how a garden can compliment your house, and make it look even better. The dark wood and light colours of the house look amazing with the lush garden, planted right up to the house. It’d create a really cool side of the house. Just make sure your termite treatment is up-to-date if there are termites in your area!
There’s no doubt that this is an incredible pool! My favorite features are the curved planted box that comes into the pool, and the round one IN the pool. This garden also has the great hanging-vine curtains and the Dragon Tree, and that orange-flowering shrub is beautiful for added colour.
21. Roman Style
This pergola is awesome, those pillars! I’m missing some climbing roses growing up them for colour, but all-in-all, this backyard is all style. It’s low-maintenance with a nice picnic-style table, and how great are the shelves along the back wall!
22. Make the Most of It
This is truly making the most of a small space. The Ivy-type vine does a great job of hiding the metal fence, and the dark floor and dark furniture look amazing with the bright green surrounding it. The big glass walls of the house are stunning, and you’d have a great, private view of your backyard.
Traditional style here, with lots of little gadgets. The apple tree is the best thing here, along with the barn-style door. The picture frames with plants inside are quirky and I really love the little shelf underneath. There’s a lot going on here, but you could create this look with things you find around the yard. An old ladder, a shovel, a watering can…
24. Holiday Feeling
Wow. Just wow. This one may not be feasible for a lot of us, but my, a girl can only dream. That pond is to die for, the round terrace, those chairs! Even the shrubs are so perfect it’s not funny. There is something missing though… Comfy cushions! Can’t enjoy heaven without cushion now, can we.
25. Log Path
Love, love this path! Perfect for a quiet meander through the backyard, a wander to check up on all your plants, the critters in your garden, and how the kids would love this! My girls would be skipping from log to log, and the same on those great stones lining the pathway. If you weren’t using your wood offcuts for firewood, this is a great purpose for them.
26. Outdoor Functionality
27. Add a Grill or Two
No backyard living space is complete without a cooking setup of some sort! Add a grill, a pizza oven, a smoker, and of course, a dining table with plenty of seating for everybody. Invite family and friends to enjoy your new backyard with you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas for backyard outdoor living space ideas. What was your favorite? What will you add to your backyard, or what will you change?
Until next time, Elle