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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Transforming Your Garden Into A Relaxing And Tranquil Retreat

All of us have days when we crave some peace and quiet. If you have a stressful job, or you’re run off your feet at home, there’s no better place to retire to than the garden. Spending hazy evenings in the outdoors can help you to relax and recover. Here are some top tips to help you transform your backyard into a tranquil retreat.




Think about colors
Colors stir up emotions and create an atmosphere. Brighter shades like red, yellow, and orange can make you feel energized and lift your mood. Pale, lighter colors can help to calm you down and create a laid-back, chilled-out vibe. If you’re eager to turn your garden into a peaceful sanctuary, choose your colorways carefully. Go for options like duck egg blue, lilac or taupe and avoid clashing or busy prints. You don’t need to go crazy and start covering every stone or fencing panel with paint. Use colors as accents. You can inject different tones with plant pots, candle holders, and soft furnishings, for example.


Embrace laid-back, alfresco dining

The last thing you want when you get back from work is to spend hours in a hot kitchen cooking a meal. Thankfully, there are some excellent outdoor options that can make life easier and enable you to enjoy your garden as much as possible. Barbecues are a summer staple, so why not consider something a little different? If you fancy kicking back on the patio with a glass of red and a delicious, simple meal, why not invest in an outdoor pizza oven? You can find tips and reviews online by visiting sites like Hot Tub Advice.


Section off a cozy area
Spending time in the garden isn’t always about playing with the kids or hitting home runs. Sometimes, you just want to take time out, read a magazine or enjoy a coffee in peace. It’s always good to make your garden a versatile space. Section off an area of decking or put up a gazebo. Scatter some lanterns and oversized floor cushions around. Drape sofa sets with throws and blankets. Hang a hammock from the trees, and snuggle up.




Make the most of lighting
Lighting is one of the best ways to set the tone of an interior or exterior space. Your lighting choices can create all kinds of different moods. In the garden, go for twinkling fairy lights, subtle spotlights or floor-level lighting to add ambiance. If you’re short of ideas, you’ll find inspiration in home and garden magazines and online.
Choose plants carefully
Plants look wonderful, but they also boast other benefits. Certain scents are proven to help us relax. Including specific plants in your beds and planters may help you to sleep better and conquer stress. Lavender is a popular option. Plant it near your sofa and let the aromas drift through the air.
For many of us, there’s nothing better than getting out into the garden when we’re feeling a little fraught. If you love spending time outside, these tips will hopefully help you to transform your backyard into a heavenly haven. Go for soothing color tones, and use furniture, cushions and throws to create a cozy seating area. Indulge in a post-work soak or climb into a hammock and have a snooze.

18 Smart Readers SAID::

Masshole Mommy said...

I love eating outside, but never thought to do it over by my garden (we usually do it up on our deck). I will try this over this summer.

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

We have several different gardens. Our huge vegetable garden. Our herb garden. The backyard garden with flowers and fire pit and where we relax.

AiringMyLaundry said...

This does look relaxing! I would love a hammock. I can't grow stuff, so I just try to keep the backyard looking nice. Right now it's frightening though. I need to mow!

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

This is something we have to do in our backyard asap. Its not very tranquil and this summer I'd like to spend a lot of time out there with the kids. - Jeanine

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

The wood of that fence is gorgeous! I'm still looking for the right hammock, we have no trees and the kind on the metal stand rusted.

Jeanette said...

Your backyard looks absolutely gorgeous! Can I hire you to do mine LOL? My backyard is not looking all that good and I would love to update it.

Emily, Our house now a home said...

This is all so beautiful! I am excited for Spring to get here so I can start relaxing outside and seeing all of my flowers. We do a lot of outdoor living in the late spring and summer months.

Jona Shares said...

Wow, I wish I have a backyard like this too. I love how your garden turned out. So very relaxing and beautiful. Great place to just sit and destress.

Fashion Beyond Forty said...

Thank you for this. I got good ideas here. I am starting to plan my own garden space. I like sectioning off a cozy area. One that is away from any hustle and bustle. I want a lot of flowers around mine.

Tasheena Womack said...

I really enjoyed reading this post and loved your tips. I love having a garden, I have to include a cozy area this year.

Gisele said...

Great ideas. I've been working on my yard for a long time. I love the hammock. I wish I had a place for one.

Amy said...

These tips are so helpful, especially since we are in the middle of redoing our backyard! An al fresco dining area is next on my list!

Sara Welch said...

Blues are my favorite colors to have when it comes to a garden. Blues are very calming which is why I think the ocean is so relaxing!

The Mommyhood Life said...

Love this! We just bought a house with a large backyard and I'm trying pull my ideas together to make it a beautiful relaxing area.

Cyn said...

This is the kind of backyard I want to have too. That hammock really looks inviting!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I would love for my back garden to be a it of a retreat, especially once the warmer weather comes around.

Stephanie Pass said...

I so want to transform our backyard. I would love a fire pit with chairs around it.

Angela Bethea said...

That hammock looks really comfy and perfect spot for a relaxing day. These are really excellent suggestions for our outdoor space.

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