We all dream about making our outdoor space into a backyard oasis — one that our friends and family can’t wait to spend time in and maybe even makes our neighbors a little bit jealous!
If you’re looking for ways to take your backyard from stressful to serene, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled our favorite simple tips and tricks for bringing life back outside.
From playing with elements (like fire and water) for a relaxing atmosphere to adding a little hygge to your space, you’ll be sure to find plenty of ideas to incorporate into your own backyard oasis.
How To Create Your Dream Backyard Oasis
When it comes to creating your backyard oasis, a great place to start is by taking stock of your current plant life and which areas in your backyard could use some attention.
If it’s been a while since you utilized your backyard, you might find you have some overgrown plants to deal with or maybe even a lack of greenery altogether.
Start by trimming back existing plants to create a neat appearance, and remove any weeds that might have popped up. Discard any garden debris, like piles of leaves, for a fresh start.
Once you have a (mostly) blank canvas to work with, add in some low-maintenance plants that work well with your climate, flowers for color, and maybe even an herb or vegetable garden to enjoy.
Your greenery will play a big role in the overall look and feel of your backyard, so it’s important to take the time to plan your landscaping. This will give your outdoor space a sophisticated vibe and help keep things cohesive.
Separate Your Zones
If you’re planning on using your backyard oasis for multiple activities, as many of us do, it’s worth considering splitting your space into different zones according to their function.
By creating a dedicated space for lounging and relaxing versus separate areas for dining, lively conversations, or playing (for the kids), you can keep your backyard functional while allowing room for various activities.
Sound too complex? A simple yet effective way to create separate zones in your backyard is by using rugs to define each space.
This helps build a warm, cozy foundation for each area (particularly the lounging and relaxing zone that every backyard oasis needs!), not to mention adding style and sophistication to your backyard.
Try our range of newly restocked Eco-Friendly Rugs on for size. They come in a variety of neutral colors and sizes and pair perfectly with all furniture. Made from recycled plastic bottles transformed into soft woven fibers, they’re easy to keep clean and look great in any space.
Fill Your Space With Comfortable Seating
A key feature of the perfect backyard oasis is ensuring there’s plenty of seating available for you and your guests to enjoy. You want anyone who visits your space to feel instantly welcomed and comfortable, and a cozy couch is a simple way to invoke that!
Think about how often you might be entertaining friends and family to help you decide exactly how much seating you’ll need.
This will also depend on how much space you want to fill in your backyard. Keep it proportionate by selecting a piece (or multiple pieces) of outdoor furniture that takes up a good amount of room without making the area feel cramped.
What’s more, all Outer pieces are resistant to stains, mold, dirt, fading, and rust, so no matter what the weather (or the kids!) throws at it, it will bounce back every time.
In addition to our OuterShell™ — the built-in protective cover that comes with every Outer seat cushion — our All-Weather Covers provide year-round protection, so you never have to worry about upkeep for your backyard seating during cooler months.
Say goodbye to high-maintenance outdoor seating and hello to set-and-forget comfort!
Hygge Your Space
The Danish concept of hygge is all about bringing a sense of coziness to your space. In this case, we like to think of it as bringing the comforts of indoor living outside to your backyard oasis!
While hygge doesn’t just involve adding physical items to your space, that can definitely be your first step. Next comes spending quality time with loved ones in your backyard oasis — enjoying fun experiences like backyard camping or outdoor movie night.
But for now, some simple ways to hygge your space include adding ambient lighting (think string lights or softly-lit lanterns), incorporating candles, and packing your couch full of soft blankets and throw pillows to keep everyone comfortable.
Add Warmth With A Firepit
From modern fire tables to classic in-ground firepits, adding warmth to your backyard oasis using the element of fire is a clever way to create a focal point within your seating zone.
Firepits come in a variety of designs and materials, so it’s easy to find a style that suits the look and feel of your outdoor space.
Thanks to their popularity, firepits are easy to purchase pre-made. But if you’re looking for a fun DIY project that’s surprisingly quick and simple to put together, check out our guide to do-it-yourself firepit options here.
On top of functionality, firepits look incredible and can actually add value to your home when they’re done right. For us, it’s a necessity when it comes to creating a welcoming outdoor space!
Dress Up Your Space With Color
Not only do brightly colored accessories look beautiful against a neutral backdrop like Outer furniture, but colors also play a huge role in our minds’ ability to wind down and relax.
Hues of blue and green are particularly well-known for providing calming feelings, but allow yourself to get creative and dress up your space with whichever colors you love.
We also recommend experimenting with different textures and patterns to create a backyard oasis that shows your personality. This can also be a fun way to change up your outdoor space depending on upcoming events or seasons since accessories are so easy to switch out!
Relax By The Water
Who doesn’t love the tranquility that comes from the sound of a babbling brook or gentle stream? There’s a reason those sounds are used during meditation and in ambient noise machines — they’re relaxing!
Adding an element of water to your backyard oasis can enhance your space and make it somewhere you truly look forward to spending time.
But you don’t have to add a whole pool to your backyard to enjoy the relaxation factor that trickling water can provide. Try incorporating a small hot tub or stylish water feature into your backyard, and enjoy unwinding outdoors.
Make Sure There’s Enough Shade
Even if you’re a huge sun-lover, there are going to be times when you want to relax on your outdoor couch without getting burnt to a crisp.
Ensuring your backyard oasis has enough shade to cover at least a portion of your seating area is key to enjoying your outdoor space for years to come.
Not all of us are lucky enough to have mature trees providing shade in our backyards. If you fall into that category, try using a large patio umbrella to block out some of those UV rays and make your outdoor space more comfortable.
Keep The Drinks And Snacks Close By
What oasis would be complete without drinks and snacks on hand?
In addition to your classic coffee table option for holding food and drinks — a must-have, in our opinion! — try adding a mini-fridge or portable bar cart to keep your beverages close by.
These are especially handy during an outdoor movie or game night when you don’t want to leave your cozy blanket cocoon to pour yourself another drink or stock up on treats.
Make Your Backyard Oasis A Reality With Outer
From sprucing up your outdoor space with landscaping to incorporating hygge techniques to add warmth, our list of tips and tricks for creating your own backyard oasis can guide you each step of the way.
Be sure to fill your backyard with comfortable seating to enjoy after a long week. Outer’s range of outdoor furniture comes in a variety of sizes and styles to complete your space and make your guests feel right at home.