Why would you spend huge amounts of money on relaxing spa retreats and luxury hotels when you can create a perfect relaxing oasis right in your backyard for much less money?
Creating a backyard oasis is not at all that complicated, all you need is a couple of ideas, a bit of creativity, and your backyard can be a perfect spot for unwinding, relaxing, and enjoying.
Here are a couple of tips that can help you transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis.
Landscaping can play a huge part in how relaxing your backyard looks. With the right kind of planning, plants, and flowers, you can create a one-of-a-kind relaxation oasis.
However, landscaping can be a bit of work – you’ll need to do some careful planning, then you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and do some digging and raking to create a base for a perfect landscape.
Next comes picking the right type of plants and flowers for the backyard. For this part, you’ll need to do a bit of research to find out which plants will thrive in your area and which you won’t have trouble maintaining.
Of course, there comes the maintenance part as well. You’ll need to take care of the plants, water them regularly, trim and de-weed them if you want them to look nice all year round. For the maintenance part, you’d want to invest in a good hose reel that will make taking care of your backyard super easy.
- Invest in cozy outdoor furniture
After the landscaping is done, you can think about outdoor furniture. To make your backyard a truly relaxing oasis, you’ll need cozy and inviting outdoor furniture.
Think about buying or making lounge chases, comfortable chairs, hanging chairs or hammocks, day beds, and whatever comes to your mind.
Try to make several seating arrangements around your backyard. This will allow you to have a dining area, lounge area, and conversation area in your relaxing backyard oasis.
- Build a pergola
Building a pergola or some sort of cover for your patio or deck will allow you to maximize your time in the backyard. The pergola or cover will create shade and protect you from rain. So you won’t have to run inside every time the rain starts or the sun is high up in the sky.
You can opt to DIY the pergola yourself, or have someone do it for you. You can also look for something less permanent such as a sail cover that you can take down whenever you don’t need it.
- Privacy screen
If you don’t want your nosy neighbors to look into your backyard oasis, think about creating a privacy screen. You can build different types of privacy screens that can act as a focal point of your backyard.
Anything from bamboo screen fences to actual wooden screens, you can even use plants as privacy screens – shrubs, trees, vines, all work as a natural privacy fence.
You can also use outdoor curtains as a way to get more privacy. Outdoor curtains can serve as a protection from elements, not just nosy neighbors.
- Outdoor lighting
Your backyard won’t be much of a relaxing oasis without proper outdoor lighting. In addition to the usual task lighting, most of us have in our backyards, think about installing ambiance lighting.
Ambiance lighting, as its name suggests, is there to create ambiance and set the mood. For a relaxing backyard look, you’d want to add lanterns, soft candlelight, solar lighting such as fairy lights, dimmable deck lights, or whatever else you think suits the relaxing oasis.
However, be careful not to overdo it with ambiance lighting because can create the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve.
- Water and fire feature
Both the sound of water and fire can soothe us, make us feel serene and relaxed. This is one of the reasons why it’s recommended to invest in some sort of water or fire feature or both in your backyard.
Water and fire features can fit into your backyard no matter how small or big it is. A small water pond or a fire pit can give your backyard that extra something that will complete the relaxation oasis vibe you’re trying to create.
All in all, the best advice we can give you is to keep things cozy. Create privacy screens, do landscaping that won’t give you a headache, invest in comfortable furniture and appropriate lighting. Simply create a space that feels right to you and that you consider relaxing.