3 Ways to Style Your Backyard

The backyard is a reflection of your lifestyle and personality. To get you inspired, here are 3 distinct looks and the tips on how to achieve each one.

What does your backyard say about you? The backyard is much more than just an extension of the home; it's a reflection of your lifestyle and personality. It's important to consider every element and choose a style for your backyard that compliments your own. 

Here, Adbri Masonry Ambassador Jason Hodges, shares 3 distinct looks and offers simple tips on how to achieve each one in your own backyard.

1. Rural

The rural style is a more regal, grand look, reminiscent of an estate in the French countryside and is ideal for larger properties with keen gardeners. Anyone can add some French flavoured country style to their backyard by selecting the right colours, materials and plants.

Tips

* Create the illusion of even more space by adding grass to the rural backyard. Define these zones using fencing, plants or materials such as pavers, grass or gravel to help each area stand on its own. A zoned garden will give each area its own purpose.

* If you have a penchant for maintained formal garden styles, add some hedging. An evergreen hedge creates a year round structured look and adds a splash of much needed green in winter.

* Adding split level or segmentation to a large country garden will help create movement and enhance the way the garden is perceived with terraced retaining walls adding to the grandeur and scale of your space.

2. Coastal

With more than 80 per cent of Australians living within 50 kilometres of the coast, it’s no surprise this style remains a favourite. We all have fond memories of a holiday by the sea or aspirations to retire by the coast. Creating a coastal style garden is one way to enjoy your own personal coastal sanctuary all year round and with some hardy plants and nautical props, that dream can become a reality.

Tips

* Choose light coloured pavers and pebbles to add texture and reflect light. Add accents of timber throughout and remember materials will deteriorate faster in the salt air so good quality is best.

* Hardwearing, low-maintenance plants, grasses and palms are best. They will add a splash of green and help set the scene.

* Add some seaside props to help create a relaxed, tropical feel. Think hammocks, deck chairs and wind chimes, whatever that key piece is that reflects fondly on beach memories. If your backyard allows it, you could even build an outdoor shower.

3. Inner City Chic

While small in space, this is certainly not the defining characteristic of the inner city chic backyard. Think smart, multi-usage pieces and clever use of somewhat limited space. This style is modern and minimalist and perfect for the time poor and practical that love to entertain.

Tips

* To maximise available space, add a functional vertical garden to an unused wall. Layering by colour and texture will add visual interest and make the space look even bigger.

* Large format pavers work best in small spaces as they give the impression of space. Choose a dark colour for a modern and minimalist look and avoid intricate patterns.

* Choose space savvy furnishings and clever storage solutions to form a functional outdoor space.

Regardless of your own personal style or postcode, anyone can add their own flair to the backyard and create their own personal haven whether by the sea, in the country or the middle of the city.

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