Creating an Oasis: Tips for an Inviting Outdoor Space

May 30, 2023

When it comes to designing your dream outdoor space, the possibilities are endless! With a little bit of creativity and imagination, you can transform your boring backyard into a cozy oasis that you’ll never want to leave.

Whether you’re looking to create a relaxing space to unwind after a long day or a fun space for entertaining friends and family, these simple tips will help you create the outdoor oasis of your dreams:

Find Your Style

Think about what kind of vibe you’d like to create. Do you prefer something classic and timeless, or something modern and edgy? Are you more inclined towards minimalism, or a cozy cottage feel? Consider how you want to feel in your outdoor space and choose a style that matches this vision.

Choose furniture and other elements that all work together and complement each other, no matter what style you pick. For example, if you decide to go with a modern outdoor style, choose pieces that have clean lines and minimal ornaments. If you’re going for a more rustic style, wooden furniture and natural elements like plants or rocks will bring authenticity to your space.

Make it Cozy

Small touches like outdoor rugs or string lights can instantly add a cozy touch to your outdoor space. Decorative items like lanterns or birdhouses can also help make the space more inviting. Consider adding some outdoor cushions or pillows for extra comfort and a touch of added coziness.

Filling the space with plants and flowers can add a homey feel to your outdoor area. The fragrance of these natural elements will make the atmosphere more inviting and give your outdoor oasis an air of tranquil relaxation. Add a fountain or a small pond and introduce some fish or frogs for living elements with natural sounds that enhance tranquility.

Layer in Plants

Adding plants will instantly create an inviting and peaceful ambiance. Consider what type of plants will best suit your environment. Perhaps you’d like a few ferns, some hanging baskets, and a handful of herbs. Or you may prefer a mix of tropical fruit trees, succulents, or wildflowers.

Don’t forget to add a few planters to your outdoor oasis. Planting in containers is a great way to enjoy plants year-round. Many plants can come indoors to overwinter, saving you money from year to year, and giving you bigger, more showstopping plants! Choose ceramic, wicker, wooden, or durable plastic planters depending on the style of your outdoor area.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is an essential touch to your outdoor oasis. Having ample light can make all the difference from a dull and lifeless patio to an inviting and cozy outdoor space. Ambient lighting can provide an enjoyable atmosphere for outdoor events. Opt for standing lights, tiki torches, overhead lights, and of course, a firepit.

Outdoor string lights are a great addition for an outdoor oasis. String lights create a romantic atmosphere anywhere you put them, and solar lanterns are also a great choice. With solar-powered lighting, you don't need to worry about electricity, wiring or bills.

Wrap Things Up

Once you have put such great effort into bringing your outdoor oasis together, you don't want to keep on updating it every year, so you’ll need to choose for longevity and have a strategy to protect things during the off-season.

Go for durable, weather-resistant, and easy to clean materials. For seating, use outdoor-collections upholstered in UV-protected and water-resistant fabric, or opt for wicker furniture and plastic or metal seats, which are extremely stylish and easy to maintain.

Finally, don't forget a good set of covers for your furniture to protect your furniture from rain and snow, also making sure dirt and dust won't accumulate in the fabric over time. With the correct care, your outdoor oasis will look perfect for years!

Written By Lori Harris