Summer and the great outdoors go hand-in-hand, and your backyard is one of the best places to enjoy the beautiful Australian sunshine. From hosting a barbecue with family and friends to lounging on a sunchair with a good book, there’s no shortage of ways to soak up the sunshine if you have an outdoor space.
Whether you have a courtyard, landscaped gardens, or a lawn, these backyard ideas will help turn your home’s outdoor space into the perfect oasis for the summer months.
Invest in an outdoor rug
If you’re looking for DIY backyard ideas to give your outdoor space a summer vibe without a significant amount of time or investment, an outdoor rug might just do the trick. Add a large rug to your terrace or deck and lay out some cushions or outdoor loungers – not only does it add a touch of colour and instantly create an inviting feel, but you also won’t have to invest in staining your deck for the summer.
Make the poolside a feature
Nothing says summer quite like an outdoor pool, and these backyard pool ideas will turn your swimming area into a luxe oasis that will rival any retreat.
One of the best additions to your pool is an in-pool chaise lounger: these create a resort-like feel while also giving you a way to cool down from the heat. For an added touch of luxury, transform a table on wheels into a bar cart and load up on snacks and drinks for the day.
While we all love soaking up the sun, it’s also important to be sun smart. Build an area with a shade sail, so kids and adults can have a spot cool down and, for a nice touch, string up a hammock or swing to create the ultimate relaxation area.
Set up shaded areas for seating
if you’re transforming your backyard into a summer oasis, chances are you’ll be spending more time entertaining in the sun, which means it’s worth investing in shaded areas. If you have trees in your backyard, you can take advantage of the natural shade and create a DIY tree bench using some wood and paint, or build your own pergola – you can even add curtains to make a Mediterranean inspired outdoor living area.
Invest in xeriscaping
Landscaped gardens look beautiful but can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming to maintain. Xeriscaping is fast becoming an ideal alternative for homeowners looking for backyard landscaping ideas that are easy to implement and affordable to maintain.
Xeriscaping involves using landscaping methods that are better suited for dry conditions, such as droughts, and use less water. By using drought-tolerant plants, such as birds of paradise and succulents, creating water zones where moisture-loving plants can be grouped together, and adding hardscapes rather than turf, you can create a landscaped garden that will last for years to come.
String up lights for a touch of magic
A few simple lighting additions will instantly transform your backyard into an evening oasis for hosting dinners or drinks. If you’re looking for backyard ideas on a budget, fairy lights are the perfect touch – string them along the outside of your house or trees and hedges to give your outdoor space a festive summer vibe.
Entertain with a backyard theatre
Barbecues and weekend drinks are quintessential Aussie backyard experiences, but this summer why not add an outdoor cinema to your entertaining mix? Hook up a projector and screen in your backyard, and set up a picnic blanket and cushions to make your very own private movie theatre. Just add popcorn, wine, and some great movies.
Add some creative flair with a mural
For those who are more creative, outdoor murals are a great way to unleash your inner artist and add a touch of flair to your yard for the summer. Design and paint patterns or images on your garden shed or your fence, and watch your family and friends fall in love with your backyard. Plus, you can even get the whole family involved for a school holiday project.
Transforming your outdoor space doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. With these tips, you can easily turn your backyard into a luxurious summer paradise for entertaining and relaxing.
Looking for more home decor ideas for summer? Discover how to create your own Hamptons-style house here.