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Creating a Backyard Oasis

Sydney : Australia | Aug 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM PDT
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With the advent of air conditioning, people abandoned their front porches and moved indoors. With the help of new technology and accessories, you can now move back outside to your own private oasis. You can create a relaxing retreat in your backyard that will always be a source of joy and comfort. Here are a few things you will want to include to make the patio your favorite part of the house.

Block the Sun and Control the Temperature
The biggest complaint with outdoor living spaces is that they can get too hot. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the heat. From large umbrellas to beautiful gazebos and arbors, there are several ways to add shade to your patio.

Fabrics strung on top of arbors and pergolas are sophisticated, and watching the breeze move the fabric gently is extremely relaxing. Warm up the patio on chilly nights with a firepit, and incorporate a few ceiling fans if possible to really control temperature. When the temperature is comfortable, you will be more willing to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Water Features Relax the Mind
Install a koi pond with a lovely fountain in the yard to keep the water moving and create visual interest. If you have a raised deck, then you should consider a small fountain that will sit on the patio. The sound of running water is relaxing, and it will make the area more attractive. The fountain doesn’t have to be large. A tabletop fountain can be perfect for the coffee table, or you can invest in one that will hang neatly on the wall.

Plants Keep the Air Clean
Plants are known for their ability to clean the air you breathe, and a few potted trees will make your patio more sophisticated. Ideal for corners that need to be spruced up, the trees will add texture and color to the area. Vases with fresh cut flowers are always a welcome addition, or you can opt for beautiful potted flowers that will provide a steady stream of blooms.

Coordinating Furniture
The furniture you choose should flow nicely with the decorating style inside and look attractive on your patio. Pieces that are too large will dominate the space and make it feel crowded, but pieces that are too small will look flimsy and out of place. Look for pieces that will fill the space nicely while allowing you to navigate around them with ease. Whether you want a dining set for meals, a conversation grouping for after-dinner or a combination of the two, your goal is to create an oasis that your guests will feel comfortable in.

Your patio is an important part of your home, and it should be treated as the vital area it is. Providing you with extra living space, a beautiful patio oasis will also boost the value of your home. If you are tired of spending every night in the living room staring at the television, then it’s time to put some thought into your patio and create your own outdoor oasis.

Jose Wilson is a freelance blogger who writes about home design and decor. If you are looking to spruce up your patio, you can find several outdoor furniture dallas retailers.

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