A majority of Americans are usually planning a big summer getaway this time of the year. But 2020 is not like every other year. Thanks to the coronavirus, vacation destinations and major attractions have been issuing refunds to customers. Mainly because they can’t provide the safe, worry-free experience people are craving. USA Today reports that would-be travelers are anxious these days. “Crowds are put off by new safety measures.”
So instead of spending two weeks on a traditional vacation, families are taking on big home projects. The way we see it, consumers are choosing to invest their travel dough in designing vacation worthy backyards. Here are some suggestions for taking your yard from ho-hum to oh wow.
Vacation Worthy Backyard Style & Theme
To start your backyard facelift, you need to decide two things off the bat: overall design theme and color scheme. It might sound easy enough, but it’s actually the hardest part of any new home project. Mainly because there are so many different design options. It’s like shopping for groceries when you’re famished. But interior design professionals have a nifty trick. Let your home’s exterior inspire the style and color palette for your vacation worthy backyard project.
We’ve highlighted some common home exteriors and suggest a few styles that will make your backyard redesign pop.
Natural Stone Exterior
Metal patio furniture works really well with natural stone exteriors. And you can find wrought iron or aluminum outdoor furniture in diverse styles, like classic, retro, or sleek and modern. Are you looking for a patio set with a bit of playfulness? Then metal furniture is the way to go.
Karim Metal Patio Dining Chair (2 for $149.99) comes in four satin-finish colors: blue, pink, dark red, and white. These simple retro-style chairs have ergonomic curves that pair nicely with an understated round cafe table. If you prefer a little more flair, Wayfair has a variety of metal chair designs and colors in its Karim Wrought Studio shop. There, you’ll find outdoor furniture in fire engine red, sky blue, tangerine orange, key lime green , and aqua blue.
A wrought iron patio set, like Mainstays Alexandra (from $210) is perfect for a traditional backyard design. The cushions come in staid gray or red stripes with butterflies, a pattern inspired by arts and crafts revival.
Stone Exterior Backyard Accessories
When you’re mixing metals and stone, you have a lot of leeway to experiment with different accessory styles. Lamps Plus has an attractive wrought iron, wood burning fire pit. It has a large oil-rubbed bronze bowl for burning several logs at once.
Consider accessories in patterns and bright colors and patterns. Wayfair has a moisture and mildew-resistant Teepee Pop up Play Tent ($127) that kids—and pets—will love. The Southwestern patterns on the tent’s exterior are inspired by Native American designs. Tribes painted similar patterns on blankets and art used in religious and cultural ceremonies.
Lap siding is a very traditional suburban-home exterior. It’s a style that pairs well with classic Americana (think patriotic wall hangings and accessories, like American flag wall art) and Shaker furniture. A light-colored house is a perfect backdrop for a pair of wood framed rockers. The Rothstein Rocking Chair ($180) is made from acacia, a hardwood used to make instruments and flooring. These Birch Lane rockers are available in different stains and finishes, including black, white and red.
You also can’t go wrong with a simple, sophisticated Shaker style patio set. Shaker is a minimalist design concept developed by Quakers. The religious sect was known for building wood furniture for purely functional purposes. That meant no ornamentation or flair. Today, Shaker furniture is admired primarily for its plain and simple elegance. Birch Lane has a line of teak Shaker Rocking Chairs ($239). They’re available in more than half a dozen finishes, including green, mahogany, and slate gray.
Traditional and Functional Accessories
The sound of a trickling backyard waterfall is hypnotic and calming. And for nature lovers there’s another benefit. Fresh water features attract frogs, butterflies, songbirds, and dragonflies. So that you don’t overpower the simplicity of your Shaker patio furniture, we suggest choosing a basic design like the Falling Water 43” High Outdoor Bubbler Fountain ($736). The pedestal waterfall has a natural blue-green patina that elegantly blends with all types of backyard foliage. For a slightly more modern look, there’s the two-tier stone cast Henri Studio Equinox ($612) waterfall.
Bright and colorful accessories could draw attention away from a calm Shaker-themed patio set. So consider accent pieces made with wood or metals. One Etsy artisan, PromiDesign, makes hand-carved birch birdhouses. There are a few different designs to choose from and all of them are at once dramatic and calming. One depicts an elm bent and swaying in the wind. A second is a silhouette of a tall tree balancing a wooden roof.
A stucco exterior is a lot of fun to work with. You can venture into more eclectic design aesthetics, like mid-century modern or Spanish revival. Apartment Therapy says “eclectic is a popular adjective in interior design parlance.” It refers to mixing textures, colors and time periods. But don’t get carried away! “There’s a fine line between a beautifully eclectic room and one that’s merely haphazard and chaotic.”
Sun loungers from 2Modern are crisp, clean, and simply stunning. If the look you’re going for is contemporary, these teak Barlow Tyrie Equinox Sun Loungers ($1,799) are the way to go. Teak is a naturally beautiful wood. It holds up well in all types of weather conditions and is resistant to rotting and termites. To create shady spots in your backyard, you have a few options. Try DIY sail shades or UV-blocking umbrellas. Installing a backyard pergola is the best of both worlds. The wood slats provide a mix of sun and shade without completely blocking out the sun.
When you’re entertaining guests, which we can still do as long as we’re practicing social distancing, you don’t want to serve snacks and drinks on just any dish ware. Especially when you can find table dressings that compliment an eclectic design theme. Hand-thrown Halston mugs, bowls and pitchers (from $70) are suitable tributes to a sleek and modern backyard atmosphere.
Glass garden accessories are a striking focal point that won’t dominate your space. Blue and gold Kaleidoscope Garden Panels ($39-$50) pop with color, but not in a way that’s overwhelming.