Bahama Breeze: 3 Tropical Ideas for Your Backyard
Summer brings with it the refreshing splash of pool parties, cozy barbecue get-togethers and a whole lot of fun in the sun. It's time to get your backyard in tip-top shape, and it doesn't hurt to decorate with a theme in mind. Whether it's an elaborate, luxurious setup or a charming vintage feel, you can stock up on all the necessary accessories to start putting your plan into place. Here are a few tropical ideas to transform your backyard into your own private paradise.
Customize a Tiki Bar
Create the perfect tropical ambiance of the Pacific islands right outside your home. Find a wooden or steel pergola, and build a customized tiki bar to suit your tastes. You can place benches and tables under the shade of the pergola or just next to it. Opt for bright and colorful cushions, planters filled with tropical flowers, vibrant statues and other accessories to complete the arrangement. This will be the perfect vacation getaway for family and friends all through the season.
Design a Floral Fiesta
Give your backyard a floral touch by revamping it to look like an enchanted forest right out of an Enid Blyton book. You can plant bright flowering plants in different sizes all through the garden. A few trees not only help provide a natural canopy, but they also allow you that much needed shade from the sun. Place a stunning rock fountain in the center or towards one of the corners of the property.
You can create a cozy nook with the fountain as the focal point, by adding pretty pots and wooden planter boxes to line the area. If you have enough space you can also set up a lovely gazebo with a basic bar structure underneath. Choose delicate wine glasses and serve ware to decorate the bar area as well as gorgeous fairy statues and lanterns across the lawn for a warm, earthy vibe.
Build a Beachside Oasis
If you miss the feel of sand in your toes and the waves lapping at your feet, you can now make your lawn and garden your new favorite beach destination. Fill plant beds with sand and decorate your backyard with shell shaped planters in a variety of colors. You can also use sandstone and driftwood to mimic natural paths found on beaches. If you have the time and space, plant a couple of trees for adequate shade throughout the yard.
When choosing lawn furniture, pick lounge chairs and tables made of synthetic wood or plastic. Whichever type of table you select, make sure it has a patio umbrella in eye-catching shades. Set up a hammock where you can relax and enjoy the ambience of your backyard. Don't forget the lights! Choose lovely vintage lanterns and place these around the lawn for the right mood lighting when you have friends over for an evening get-together.