Turn Your Backyard Into a Stylish Place to Gather

Friday April 5, 2024

When the weather begins to turn warmer, there is something truly magical about those backyard bonfire nights, when you and your family or friends gather under the stars to eat, talk and connect. If you’re just moving into a new home, your backyard is essentially a blank canvas, full of possibilities for you to turn into the gathering space of your dreams. Check out our tips on how to upgrade your backyard and become the best outdoor host in the neighborhood.

Upgrade That Outdoor Furniture

A great gathering place starts with comfortable places to lounge. When you are decorating your backyard, you will want to look for outdoor furniture that can withstand the elements, but still looks stylish and is above all, comfortable. Create an inviting atmosphere with plush couches, or make a space for those summer dinner parties with an outdoor dining set.

Go For Green

A well-maintained lawn is a great start, but if you really want to make your space guest-friendly, incorporate plants and flowers to add a little more life to your yard. Opt for a mix of potted plants, hanging baskets, and garden beds with a variety of textures and heights for visual interest. The more plant life you have in your backyard, the more pollinators you’ll attract, which can be a great added bonus. A backyard filled with buzzing bees, hummingbirds and dragonflies — what’s not to love?

Create a Bright Ambiance

For those long summer nights where the conversation — and drinks — just keep flowing, you’ll want to enhance the ambiance of your backyard with some strategically placed outdoor lighting. Install string lights overhead for a magical glow, place lanterns or torches along pathways and highlight architectural features with spotlights or uplighting. That way, you can keep the atmosphere warm and inviting as well as keeping the space well-lit.

Become a Grill Master

No gathering is complete without a meal or some snacks alongside it. Take the cooking outdoors with a decked-out grill station. Invest in a high-quality grill with ample cooking space, add built-in storage for utensils and supplies and create a designated prep area for convenience. That way, you’ll never have to miss a moment of your gathering while you are cooking.

Make It Rain

But only a little. Consider incorporating water elements such as a fountain, pond or small waterfall. The sound of running water adds a soothing and tranquil touch to your backyard oasis and can add visual intrigue as well.

Create a Playful Space

If you have children or enjoy outdoor games, dedicate a section of your backyard to recreational activities. Adding a volleyball or badminton net is a great way to encourage your kids to be more active, and provides a perfect activity for when you have company over. Even something as simple as a pair of cornhole boards can take your backyard from a simple outdoor space to an inviting, fun-filled area.

Add Your Personal Flair

Of course, your backyard should be a reflection of your personal style and taste, just as the interior of your house is. Add outdoor rugs, throw pillows, artwork and accessories that tie everything together and make your backyard feel like an extension of your home.

Make Your Lafferty Communities Home Yours

No matter how you want to make your home your own, you can be sure that your Lafferty home will have the space for you to unleash your design personality. Discover your next home today.