Decorating Your Outdoors

As Christmas approaches many of us are thinking about decorating the outside of our house for the season. You don’t have to limit yourself to decorating your yard only for Christmas. Your patio and yard are extensions of your home, and have unique opportunities which allow you to express yourself and your sense of style all year.

They of course, present unique challenges as well. Much of your outside decor for most people will be seasonal. The furniture will have to be stored indoors during winter in some climates, and the plants may die back.

This time of year though is a great time to start thinking about what you would like to do in your patio and yard. Perhaps you enjoy barbequing, or maybe you have pool parties with friends. Maybe you just want a quiet sanctuary.

One way of starting out by figuring out what should go where is by placing first whatever will require the most space. This is often the only way you can fit it in. If you love to have friends over, you may need a great deal of seating. Or, if you prefer to barbeque, maybe that dream grill will be the focal point.

Decorating Your OutdoorsAnother way of laying out your yard is to determine what you want the focal point to be and placing it first. This will make sure that other elements do not get in the way. Perhaps you would like to install a fountain, a pond, a swimming pool, or a collection of attractive outdoor furniture for entertaining.

There are great options these days in outdoor furniture. Many of the options are pretty much weatherproof, so you may not need to be concerned about bringing it indoors in poor weather. Style is important too, and if you haven’t shopped for outdoor furnishings recently, the selection available, in terms of comfort and quality, may pleasantly surprise you.

Decorating Your OutdoorsOutdoor lighting has become easier to install and quite functional. It used to be you had to hire an electrician and spend some big bucks in order to light up your yard. Now, however, solar lighting has become quite functional and affordable. All you have to do is put the light where you want it, and let the sun charge it up for use. Note: not all solar powered outdoor lights will last all night; it depends on the brightness, time of year and so forth, but they are amazing and sufficient for many needs.

Plant selection is one of the most difficult parts of planning your outdoor decor. A basic green lawn works with just about anything, of course, but it doesn’t express your style very well but it is fairly easy care. Here if you are planting some flower beds you will want to learn how to pick the best plants for your yard and your taste.
You can plant both in the ground and in containers. Most often you will grow flowers in decorative planters, or perhaps a decorative shrub. The containers themselves can be a part of your decor.

A stone bench makes a lovely and durable addition, for example, as you plan the natural parts of your yard. Statuary might also fit your style.

Decorating Your OutdoorsFountains and ponds are very popular right now, and very relaxing to listen to. They can be as simple as an urn spilling water into a container below to a series of small waterfalls. The sound of water splashing is a great way to mask noise from the outside world and most people find it very relaxing.

As you are outdoors decorating for Christmas have a good look at your yard and start to think and plan now for what you will do in the spring to decorate your yard for the summer. Whatever you do, don’t skip decorating your yard; it will make it all that much more enjoyable. It’s the best place to entertain or relaxing in good weather or it can be your quiet sanctuary.

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