10 Best Backyard Designs You Need to Know About

Last update February 15, 2019
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Looking for inspirational ideas to decorate your perfect backyard? You’ve come to the right place.

Has your backyard turned into a junkyard where local mafia dumps the bodies? Maybe you are envious of your neighbor’s perfect patio? The point is, if you dream about turning your lawn into a beautiful oasis, but can’t think of a suitable design to make it real then you are lucky because we’ve rounded up 10 concepts for you to draw the inspiration from. Check them out to give your backyard a complete makeover and turn it into the ultimate resort for entertaining, leisure, and getting away from it all.

Plain and Simple

This idea is good because you don't have to remodel anything in your yard. All you need is a flat ground or concrete platform in your backyard to set a gazebo there. It serves great both as a garden decoration and a convenient sun shelter. Just place some cozy furniture under it, put wine glasses on the table, throw some stripey pillows on the coach… Bang! You’ve got yourself a cozy place to relax alone or throw parties with your guests and family.

A Dining Patio

For this one, you can use a patio or any tiled area large enough to place a big colorful rug in the center and arrange the set of lightweight rattan furniture around it. After that, style up some throw pillows with cream-colored covers - and you’ve already got yourself a comfortable place to meet and chat with your friends.

However, this is only the beginning. To liven up the atmosphere, put one or several pots with fresh flowers and get even more pillows of various shapes. Also, if you have a loved one and want to take your relationship with him or her to the next level, bring some wine and place a few decorative lanterns with candles to turn your backyard into a heavenly romantic spot where no person will ever be able to resist falling in love with you.

A Getaway Corner

If you have already got a pond in your big lawn, why not take the advantage of it and build a furnished island where you can catch a breath from a city buzz alone or in the company of friends? It doesn't necessarily have to be physically disconnected from the other part of the yard though. You can create and enhance the visual impression of the yard subdivision by throwing a short decorative arched bridge over the water to provide an attractive passage to the platform or flat ground where you can place comely cushioned furniture, decorated with pillows and a large patio umbrella for sun protection. Also, garden lamp posts will be an amazing solution to provide lighting during the night and evening.

One With Nature

You don’t necessarily have to level stuff in your backyard to the ground or allocate a big part of your garden for the furniture. Especially, when the free space is limited. Just strip the grass and set a few slabs with flat tops right in the middle of your backyard. What this will do is create a beautiful platform big enough to put a table and chairs there for each member of your family.

However, it would be way too amateur to use common plastic chairs, right? You will need a lasting black or dark brown furniture set to make it really feel at home. That way, the platform will become the main gathering place for you and your friends, leaving you with enough space for the plants like the vegetables, flowers, or fruit trees. Finally, even if you are going on a budget, get some decoration like wall lanterns and garden fountain to jazz up the surroundings and make it look even more lively than before.

A Blazing Pool Party

For backyards with a large pool, we totally recommend setting a nice fire pit. Such a thing may be suitable not only for sacrifices and similar rituals but can also serve as a beautiful outdoor decoration. It can become the place where everyone will gather around after swimming in the pool to warm up and dry off. No matter what, this is a stylish and practical addition to any roofless backyard patio.

Still, to have the most awesome poolside out there, you will also need some proper furniture such as lounge chairs, tables, and large patio umbrellas. With only these few things, you will make your neighbors green with envy that you have the best looking backyard in the street.

Bounty Resort

In this idea, we will tell you how to convert your yard into a glamorous 5-star tropical resort. Set a 4-piece rattan set next to the pool or right in your yard. Such furniture can be quickly transformed into the seductive round cabana-style bed for cuddling with your beloved one. Or you can also switch the ottoman in the middle with a fabulous fire bowl for providing a pleasant source of warmth during the evening.

Next, you are probably aware that the summer rain can start pouring rapidly, which may spoil the cushions on the furniture. Therefore, you can buy a weather-resistant storage cube of a matching style to hide the cushions and other water-sensitive items in. It can also be used as a simple table.

Finally, what is a resort without cold refreshing beverages and alcoholic drinks? Get a set of artisan copper mugs and a pitcher that will surely highlight your style. And don’t forget about a serving tray for safe placing of mugs or glasses right on the cushioned furniture.

Fade to Blue

Fond of a certain color and its shades? Then you will love this design idea! Get as many same-colored items as possible. For instance, if you prefer the blue color, get a large indigo or aqua-blue cushion for Papasan chairs, cyan throw pillows, and ocean-blue patio umbrellas. The secret though is to add the complementary colors to highlight the main theme. In our case, this can be either green or simple white tones. This creates a striking, yet pleasant to the eye contrast. Having multiple tones will also help you hide the dirt on the fabric from polluted air or the stains from wine spilled long ago.

Spa in the Backyard? As Easy as a Pie!

If you have a large backyard, try combining several ideas together. For instance, if the climate changes rapidly where you live, consider building an enclosed patio with tall windows and cozy cushioned furniture inside.

Due to the terrain features and other reasons, it may not always be possible to dig a pool in your backyard. However, did you know that you can install a large outdoor jacuzzi right next to your house instead? Just like in the Swiss Alps! Do you agree a jacuzzi will become an ideal place to spend time and relax with your loved one over a glass of wine?

Don’t stop there. For having a dinner outside, buy a table with several chairs and set them under an umbrella to hide in its shade from the sun. Finally, set a fire pit nearby with Adirondack chairs, where you can spend time with your friends chatting and sharing stories next to the warming fire.

Ultimate Coziness

Here is another classic patio design, that involves installing an outdoor chimney fireplace in order to create a warming place to gather with friends and family. Just imagine swinging in a suspension chair in your backyard, covering yourself with a thick wool blanket. A cup of hot chocolate in your hand and, maybe, a book to keep you company, as the soft glow of string lights on the trees and fences majestically illuminate the surroundings. Such string lights can help you totally switch the tones in your backyard to fairytale-like yellowish brown in the evening and bring forth the festive spirit at any time of the year. Finally, if you love hosting parties with a lot of people, get a large square picnic table so that you could all sit together there.

Incredibly Modern Pergola

The final one on our list is the design for a deck or patio with pergolas. These are the cross beams set above the patio. Having a pergola will allow you to set a conventional fire bowl right on your deck or patio without the risk of fumigation. For this, you might also need to strip the pergola off any wines and tree branches though. Instead of them, decorate it with the solar string lights and hanging planters to restyle the patio and create a lovable atmosphere. Furthermore, make your deck a real extension of your house with some exquisite, yet cozy rattan furniture set. If you also love BBQs, get a grill to cook meat and vegetables for the dinners and backyard parties.

Anyhow, not only the patio needs decoration. Style up your garden with garden lamps or even planter-lamps with some beautiful flowers. In the end, attach several round-shape paper lanterns to some tree branches in your garden - and no guest will ever forget about your good-looking, dream-like backyard.