How to Create A Peaceful Backyard Oasis

It’s more than possible to transform a deck, patio or courtyard into a beautiful place of refuge. Here are some words of advice to create a stress-reducing garden getaway. Studies have shown people who spend time outdoors are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. You may not have a big, beautiful backyard space, but there are different things that can easily be done to transform any space.

The first recommendation is to declutter. While starting with a totally blank canvas isn’t necessary, bringing a haven to life takes a tidy work area and some planning. Begin by pruning any overgrown trees and hedges, donating unused play equipment, and clearing away any waste.

Once the space feels bare, take stock of its natural elements, and formulate a plan for anything you want changed. Do you want a water feature, a pool or an outdoor dining area, or do you want to emphasize being one with nature? Whatever your vision, be sure to keep relaxation first and foremost.

When it comes to furniture, you’ll want to opt for deep seating, lounge chairs and other patio furnishings that encourage everyone to stretch out and relax. Choose textured fixtures designed to withstand the elements and in the colors you love. Another handy tip is to invest in deck furniture that can double as storage, such as an ottoman or bench. This way, pads and pillows can stay clean longer.

For more ways to create the backyard escape of your dreams, please see the accompanying resource.

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