Are you guilty of ignoring your garden as a place to relax? Have you neglected your garden and now you’re wondering what you could do to improve your outdoor space and make it more of a relaxing area?
In this post, we’re looking at some simple tips that can help you to make your backyard more appealing and turn it into the perfect place to chill out and unwind after a tough day or to entertain guests at the weekend.
1. Use Comfortable Furniture
How often does uncomfortable furniture get bought for outdoor spaces? People don’t like to leave anything with fabric or material outdoors, and some of the wooden options are not the most comfortable to sit on. If you have reliable weather, you can probably be a little bit more adventurous, but if not there are still lots of options for outdoor furniture which can be inviting.
Rattan is a piece of popular outdoor furniture for a balance between durability and comfort. If you have a gazebo, canopy, or other sheltered space then furniture can be kept from rainy conditions.
This leads us nicely to the next tip…
2. Privacy and Shelter
How relaxed can you be if you don’t feel like your backyard is totally private? There are so many ways to ensure this privacy, as explained in this post. It doesn’t need to be too taxing or expensive, either.
Though large fences and hedges are desirable for those who don’t want anyone to see in their backyard, not all of us have space, time or even money to put these in place. Cheaper options can include a pop-up canopy tent, and if this doesn’t give you desired privacy, you can even add some privacy curtains or walls around the outside.
For a more permanent structure, you can opt for a gazebo. This has the added bonus of creating a sheltered area, which can help create the perfect area to relax. If you are out in the searing hot sun then having somewhere protected from this can mean you can doze and properly chill out with protection from getting burned. Privacy curtains can also mean you have an enclosed space within your gazebo, and can often be bought separately if they haven’t come with your gazebo.
Decorations are key to a relaxing space. Even if your outdoors is designed in a minimalist way, it doesn’t have to be cluttered to have a little decoration.
Why not try associating your outdoors with happy memories by creating a garden inspired by previous trips you have taken? This association gives a relaxing and calming effect. Maybe you can capture the feeling of being on that sunny beach every time you go out into your backyard.
“Research has shown that if we can recall positive memories they can boost our positive emotions at the moment,” says Dr. Green, who is a clinical psychologist and founder of The Positivity Institute.
4. Don’t Neglect Your Garden
Humans love to connect with nature, but in the modern age, it can be difficult to find the time to maintain a garden. However, plants and even fruits and vegetables planted within your garden can be both functional and fun.
There are loads of studies out there which prove how much of an impact spending time in nature can have on the human brain. When you picture yourself in a relaxing setting it is often surrounded by palm trees, in a forest clearing or on the beach, so why not bring some nature to your own backyard?
Even using low maintenance plants and simple potted gardens can be a good way to ensure that there are some beautiful smells and aesthetically pleasing sights in your garden.
5.Use a Water Feature
Both the sound and feel of water can have a relaxing effect, and a huge amount of people opt for having some kind of water in their outdoor space for its soothing impact. This may make you think of all that money that it is going to cost, but features don’t have to be expensive. A small feature such as a pond, water fountain or even just a birdbath can be a calming addition to your outdoor space.
Of course, if you have the financial capacity to make some big changes to your outdoor space, why not go for a more extravagant feature such as a hot tub or even a small pool for the ultimate in backyard relaxation!
6. Light Your Space Carefully
There are certain types of light with a white hue and more of a ‘clinical’ feeling. These lights make you focus and are usually installed in offices, and won’t be relaxing. Relaxing lights have a tungsten feel and more of a yellow or orange tint to them.
Some solar lights will fit the bill perfectly as well as being great for the environment. If you want to further embrace the natural, a fire pit can be perfect for entertaining people and enjoying some further warmth outdoors as well as extra light. The sound of the crackle of a fire can further help you to blow off steam.
Have you enjoyed our list of tips on how to organize a relaxing outdoor space? Why not share on social media so others can enjoy their outdoors as much? If you have any tips of your own, feel free to share them in the comments section below.