Phoenix is one of the absolute best places to spend time outdoors. We may live in a desert, but you can create a resort-like atmosphere in your backyard with some simple design flair.
For this post, I’m taking you to my very own backyard. I adore entertaining and welcoming friends and family over. I wanted to create an outdoor space that was perfect for hanging out.
As you can see from the before and after photos, this was quite the project. But it added so much value to my home and makes every moment outside that much more special.
Here are my tips for making your backyard your new favorite destination.
Use Focal Features
First, have components outside that draw you and your guests out from inside. Here, I have a Superior Linear vent-free outdoor gas fireplace from Modern Blaze that looks so warm and inviting, you can’t help but want to go outside and get cozy.
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Create Inside-Outside Flow
Make moving between inside and outside seamless by designing outdoor spaces that feel like an extension of your inside design. Here, I used a restoration hardware chandelier that has similar features to my indoor décor. It’s also fun and unique and makes the backyard a thoughtfully designed space.
Also, think about maximizing the functionality of your outdoor space. You have living and dining rooms indoors, so why not have them outdoors, as well?
In my lounge and living area, I added comfy Target patio furniture that’s a dream to relax outside on. And with my outdoor dining set-up, dining al fresco is a breeze.
Add Visual Interest
I love incorporating different layers and textures within a single space. It creates lots of opportunities for your eyes to wander. Here, I blended large metal black screens and Wall Theory wood planks on the fireplace.
The contrast of the materials here makes such as cool impact, don’t you think? The materials work really well together despite being so different!
Don’t Let the Pool Swallow Your Backyard
Splash! Pools are a Phoenix home must-have. For ours, we didn’t want to make it too big, because we wanted room for all the other great entertaining spaces in the backyard.
When you’re adding a pool, think about proportions to the size of your yard. Our pool is 9 feet by 21 feet long, which we think is just the right size for our space.
Also, be mindful of the tile. Pool tile can easily become an eyesore. For ours, we blended the pool finishes with the tile. We used white Pebble Tec in the pool and paired it with white tile from Floor & Decor , that matches the house. It gives it a cohesive feel that also makes the space seem roomier.
For the spa, we used black tile to add some contrast. As you can see in the photo above, it almost looks like there’s a black box in the pool, which is a really striking feature.
Bonus: Create a Rooftop Deck!
Want even more space in your backyard? No problem. Build a rooftop deck, and you instantly get more entertaining room. I chose to go with a firepit from EcoSmart Fire because while it is modern and sleek. it is also safe for when all the furbabies come to enjoy the sunset view with Andy and I.
The spacing of ours worked really well because were able to build it on top of our garage. That way, it didn’t negatively impact the space below, a win-win.
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