If you are getting ready to create an outdoor space the best advice I can give you is to keep it real and what I mean by that is using natural materials. We have all seen patios with white concrete flooring and they are just an eyesore to the landscape and leave me feeling cold. A backyard entertaining spot is supposed to bring us back to nature and you need to use natural stones, wood and landscaping. Notice how this hammock design really brings you into the thick of the outdoor scene and that’s  what you want.

Backyards That Keep It Real

Backyards That Bring Us Close To Nature

Backyards for Dining

My backyard is for chilling and entertaining with family and friends. It is so important that you create a comfortable dining area that accommodates everyone. This is where memories are created and good food is served. Be sure to designate a spot that is comfortable and doesn’t have too much sun or wind. You want to think about the positioning of your dining space and make sure it is the perfect location for a successful dining experience.

Backyards That Blend with Nature

I am a true believer that a backyard design should blend in with your view of the surrounding landscape if you live somewhere that the terrain is part of the experience. To me, it is much more beautiful than trying to create a contrasting design.

Backyards with a View

If you are so lucky to have an awesome view, then by all means, make your view accessible with a comfy cozy seating arrangement. This is where you can spend time enjoying a beverage with friends or simply chilling by yourself.

Backyards with Ambiance

Those of you that know me as a designer know that I am a freak about lighting spaces correctly and backyards need to have the right mood lighting. I love string lighting in backyard spaces and they are really affordable and add just the right touch.

Images Courtesy of Canva.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.