Category: Uncategorized

The Most Ingenious Japanese Home Designs Presented on Freshome

Overwhelmed by so many examples of smart Japanese architecture, we decided to put together a post with some of the best projects presented on Freshome so far. Most of the modern homes below seem to defy natural laws of Physics and play with the viewer’s perception of space. Our favorite buildings are not the ones characterized by large interiors, but rather those that cleverly and unexpectedly adapt to the requirements of a small site. Strange polygonal, rectangular and cube-shaped structures, cantilevered volumes, inner small courtyards and windows that appear in unpredictable places are just some of the elements that make these Japanese home designs stand out.

The style employed in most of the residences featured below is minimalist. Function is the main attribute defining the Japanese buildings in this display, each showcasing an interesting partition of spaces. Ornaments are kept to a minimum and the overall sober feel is reduced by the use of lovely wooden accents. We invite you to go through the photos in the galley and if you see any interesting project, click the small text at the bottom in order to be redirected to the original post with much more information. And in the end, we would love to read about your thoughts on modern Japanese architecture.

Fastest Growing Trends in Hotel Interior Design

Modern hotels have cleverly adapted to rapid social changes with creative solutions. In this post we will cover 11 of the most striking interior design trends that shape up today’s hospitality scene. From rethinking guestroom configurations to ensuring highly personalized experiences, hotel owners are transforming accommodation units into the highlights of any escape. Whether you own a hotel or planning your next business trip abroad, here are some of the new twists in the industry:

#1. Lobbies envisioned as dynamic multi-use spaces

On Freshome, we’ve seen many hotel projects focused on offering a striking first impression. The importance of entrance lobbies is growing, as social encounters become more and more dependent on this particular hotel area. With the new business traveling trend, hotel lobbies should provide a multi-use space for casual as well as formal talks, working on laptops, plugging in various devices. This means a simple sofa-coffee table arrangement won’t cut it. Creative space segmentation is necessary, providing both intimate and social zones, as well as furniture delivering comfort and functionality. More extravagant entrance features in today’s emerging hotel market include large green walls, indoor waterfalls, large chandeliers and multimedia stations.

Interior-Design-of-Five-Star-Hotel-Lobby

#2. Rethinking Guestroom Configurations

No longer is the classic bed-table-locker combo enough to make a hotel room feel inviting. In today’s world guests expect surprises and where else, but away from home. Probably why each interior in the modern hospitality industry is very different from the next. Creative offices for business travelers, interesting looking TV panels and an extra sofa next to the king-sized bed are just some of the key “ingredients” for a trendy hotel room. We’ve also seen color explosions and eclectic decor mixes, which can definitely appeal to guests wanting to experience unique accommodation.

luxury-modern-hotel-room-interior-design-ideas

#3. Spa-Like Bathroom Features

Bathrooms stopped being perceived as auxiliary rooms, spaces to be minimized, in order to expand living areas. The modern tourist expects more than he gets at home in his journeys. A resort bathroom with spa-like features is an open invite to relaxation and a sure-proof method of alluring guests through the promise of ephemeral luxury. Think en-suite bedrooms, waterfall showers, over-sized bathtubs, his&hers sinks, giant towels, beauty items and plenty of space.

luxury-hotel-bathroom-bahrain-from-gulf

#4. Not Just a Restaurant, But a Destination in Itself

Few hotel restaurants still base their appeal strictly on “practicability”. Cooking is an art and so should be the “exhibition space”. We’ve seen more and more hotel restaurants turned into memorable spaces through design. Themes are highly recommended, pushing creativity to new heights and turning each venue into a destination in itself.

resort-restaurant

#5. Blurring Indoor-Outdoor Boundaries

Sensory experiences go a long way. This “principle” was well integrated in the array of services offered by modern hotel owners, who struggle to keep the indoor outdoor transition as “ethereal” as possible. Not only are hotel rooms expanded through large decks and terraces, but nature is brought inside in every possible way. Wood paneling, stone decorations, lush greenery, indoor waterfalls- these are just some of the elements employed to release the tension of hotel guests.

Kens1st

Why Wall Art Matters Most In Interior Design

Too often in interior design, we see wall art treated as an afterthought. It’s what gets dealt with last, long after the final coat of paint has dried on the walls and all of the furniture has been artfully arranged, if it gets dealt with at all.

But, we’re here to argue that by relegating wall art to the side lines, you’re missing out on an amazing design opportunity. When chosen thoughtfully, the right wall art can provide for the entire room. Dare we say it, but we think wall art matters most in interior design.

However, if you’re a little nervous to give wall art such a prominent role in your design plans, don’t worry. Use this post as a guide on how to accurately choose pieces that will mesh with your existing space and you will have a harmonious interior.

Always pick wall art that you love. Image Via: Amy Lau Design

It Provides An Instant Color Palette

Choosing a color palette can be one of the most daunting facets of designing your interiors. The amount of varying shades of paint that are available at your local home improvement store can seem absolutely endless.  It can be difficult to narrow down the possibilities into the colors that best fit your vision for the space.

Our best advice is to leave the paint chips behind and focus on searching for wall art instead. Once you find a painting or wall hanging that you absolutely love, you can use that piece as the inspiration for your your room’s eventual color palette.

Your first step is to pick out two or three shades from wall art that you’d like to incorporate into your decor. Choose the dominant color, as well as a few additional shades that you’d like to pull out as accents. Then, look for those colors in the items you use to decorate your space. If you need extra help, you can use an app like ColorSnap, which will let you match those colors to corresponding shades of paint.

Let art bring out your accent colors. Image Via: Emily Johnston Larkin

It Creates A Focal Point

One of the the most basic principals of interior design is that every room needs a focal point, or a single design element that will instantly draw the eye into the space and give the viewer a sense of what to expect. It goes without saying that a great piece of wall art could easily fulfill this position.

Imagine your favorite artwork hanging above the mantle of a fireplace in your living space or standing proudly above the bed in your master suite. Alternatively, a creative gallery wall could easily spice up a more traditional dining area or a few hanging tapestries could as a cozy feel to a seating area.

When choosing a piece of wall art to be a focal point for your space, the most important consideration is size. An artwork that is too small will get dwarfed by the surrounding furniture and a piece that is too big will look as though it is spilling over. Make sure to take measurements of the wall space available, so you know how much room you have at your disposal.

Use art to create a focal point for the rest of the space. Image Via: Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

It Brings A Sense Of Texture

Remember that not all wall art is created equal. While some pieces may be two-dimensional paintings or something similar, you should try to find art in a variety of different mediums to help bring a varying sense of texture into the space.

In addition to paintings and prints, you should consider pieces like sculptures or shadow boxes that can add some depth to the room. If your style is more avant garde, you could also consider doing a small mixed media installation that includes screens and digital art.

These extra bits of texture can help add much needed visual weight to your interiors, which which help determine the tone of the room or how it feels. Consider that rough textures are more likely to make a space feel intimate and grounded while smooth textures bring a sleeker more aloof tone to the room.

Don't just stick to paintings,. Experiment with a variety of materials. Image Via: Mead Design


Upgrading Bike Storage Possibilities: Modern Outdoor Bike Garage

Biking adventures are something to hold dear. The freedom a bike can give you is hard to ignore, whether you use the bike in the city or in nature. But where do you store your bike in between adventures? This outdoor bike storage locker comes from the bright minds of London-based tree-house builders Treesaurus.

Having build many tree houses that offer children limitless imaginative playroom, the creative designers turned to finding solutions for storing your bike, so adults and children alike can take turns playing outside the garden. This is one bike storage solution you will remember.

Outdoor Bike Garage (1)

The bike shed’s frame is made out of sturdy aluminum. This makes the outdoor bike storage strong and easy to use. Clad in sustainable hardwood, the frame is topped off with a green roof. Treesaurus can build you your own outdoor bike storage and you can choose between wild grass, wild flower or a mix of wild flower and sedum planting as the rooftop. Even a small courtyard where you were planning to plant greenery, you won’t lose an inch of planting space from this amazing bike storage solution.

What says sustainable more than a bike storage with a green roof built to last and inspire?

Outdoor Bike Garage (2)

Designers seem to have thought about everything: “a little over a meter wide the four bike version will fit beside the car in most drives and you won’t need to move the car to get the bikes.”And when it comes to protection, the bikes are securely locked with five-lever locks built into the door. Keeping your bike secure is easy with this outdoor bike storage. You will no longer be tripping on the bike laying around since this bicycle garage can hold your bike and even additional ones. This modern bike storage for outdoors can be made to fit 2 or more adult bikes.

The bicycle garage in the garden tears down excuses as they arise. You no longer have to think about your bike’s security. Even more, you can’t use the same excuse of not having place for a bike. This bicycle garage for the garden will have you feeling free in no time!

And since our bicycles can be now kept safely outdoors, maybe you’d like to find out about these 10 Unique Ways to Green your Outdoor Eco-Friendly Home.

Outdoor Bike Garage (3)
Outdoor Bike Garage (4)
Outdoor Bike Garage (5)

Fresh and Modern Kitchen Countertop Ideas

The kitchen countertop is the perfect place to add the ultimate design touch to your kitchen. Regardless of which kitchen countertop ideas you’re attracted to, select materials that are durable and built to withstand the wear and tear associated with cooking and prep.

Engineering and technology have made a wide variety of design choices and finishes possible. While most of the following kitchen countertop ideas are durable, it’s a good idea to always work with cutting boards and silicone trivets for hot pots. Keep countertop surfaces clean with a non-abrasive, soft towel and follow manufacturer or installation guidelines on what products to use to clean and maintain the beauty of your countertops for years.

Contrasting Color Kitchen Countertops

For a bold effect, select a countertop in a lively color. While some of the top choices include yellows, oranges and lime green, the choice of white or black countertops can be as bold a color choice as yellow, depending on the kitchen.

The secret is in the contrast. If you want your countertop to stand out, select a countertop color that pops or stands out from the cabinetry.

Patterned Kitchen Countertops

22 concetto pattern

If you like the contemporary feel of sleek, minimalist cabinets, add visual interest with patterned kitchen countertops. Some great kitchen countertop ideas for pattern include the use of striped stone materials or textures like Caesarstone’s Concetto series.

Thick Slab Kitchen Countertops

17 slab

The latest trend in contemporary kitchens is the thick slab countertop effect. While most countertops are normally 2” thick, choosing a 3 – 5” thick countertop creates an anchored, stately look. Remember to adjust cabinet heights accordingly to make up for the height increase from the thicker countertops.

Butcher Block Kitchen Countertops

6 butcher

Timeless and inviting, wood butcher block countertops add a warm look to your kitchen. To keep the finish looking fresh and new, seal wood countertops with a durable polyurethane and use trivets and cutting boards to protect the surface from heat and marring.

Metal Kitchen Countertop Ideas

5 stainless sharp

While stainless steel is a good and classic metal option, two other metals are seeing a surge in kitchen countertop popularity.

Zinc Countertops

25 zinc premi

If you’re looking for a countertop that develops a rich, blue-toned patina, zinc is a good option. Zinc reacts over time with water, oils and citrus. The reactions are what create the beautiful, rich patina that is the metal’s signature. Zinc countertops are best left in their natural, matte-finish state.

Copper Countertops

9-copper-prenmier

Stunning Bedrooms Flaunting Decorative Canopy Beds

Back in the days, wealthy people would add their luxuriously carved canopy beds to the will, leaving their beloved dreamland to be enjoyed and admired by future generations. Now, we get to enjoy past examples and contribute our own designs to the history of this fascinating bed.

Wealthy or not, we all dream

First built as a functional furniture item, the canopy bed became the canvas for inspiring carvings and design interpretations in different upscale residences. From four poster beds with curtains that kept warmth in and noise out to ornate canopy beds of the wealthy, this fairly simple bed design has seen a revival in contemporary interior design. Furthermore, the canopy bed is certainly no longer a luxury item for the wealthy, you can actually find some stylish and affordable canopy beds here on walmart.com (we were surprised with quality of their selection!).

With this in mind, we return to our reality. Now that summer is over and we hurry towards wintertime, outdoor canopy beds are put aside for an encounter with cozy canopy beds in the bedroom. Feathered beds used to be frameless bags filled with feathers that had to be fluffed every morning. Now we indulge in soft but sturdy mattresses with luxurious bedsheets under breezy canopies.

canopy beds (2)

A contemporary atmosphere is hidden in the details. For an exhilarating effect,choose an open canopy bed to go with your large windows. This way the light can flow freely and flood every corner of the room without interruption, just like the example above, designed by Cleare Interiors.

Canopy beds For the Modern Bedroom Freshome (3)

From Royal Rest to Travel Inspiration

Inspiration comes from everywhere. Designers have played with textures and materials creating stunning bohemian luxury at the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos, as you can see above. Part of Design Hotels, this authentic place welcomes guest with breezy canopy beds perfect to enjoy in the warm Greek weather and take as inspiration for your dream bedroom.

Canopy beds For the Modern Bedroom Freshome (5)

There are so many ways to create a beautiful curtained bed and enjoy tranquil nights! Making the bed the central focus is mandatory in this case.

Canopy beds For the Modern Bedroom Freshome (4)

Above you can see an example of how far we’ve come in designing luxurious bedrooms staring canopy beds.I’m sure you’ll love the bedroom of La Quinta residence by Willetts Design and Associates.

Revival of the Canopy Bed Concept

With a vertical column in each corner, the structure of oak beds in the 1600s was supporting a rectangular panel. Variations on this original theme range from imposing solid wood canopy beds with curtains draped across the rectangular frame to stunning wrought iron beds with luminous, breezy curtains.

Canopy beds For the Modern Bedroom Freshome (6)

This bedroom designed by Echelon Custom Homes showcases the revival of the iron canopy. Iron four poster beds with an uplift on top remind me of crowns and immediately take me on a journey through childhood fairytales. 

Practical Bathroom Tile Ideas To Inspire You

There’s a reason tile is often the material of choice in the bathroom: it reflects light, it’s durable, it’s easy to clean and it freshens up the space. We’ve assembled a list of bathroom tile ideas to help you get started.

Tile is a good way to make the space look polished and to revamp a bathroom without doing a major overhaul. Keep in mind that the grout between tiles can become grimy if it’s not cleaned properly, and regular maintenance is important in preserving an aesthetic that looks fresh and not grungy.

Tile is more expensive than paint, so the amount of material and the complexity of your design will likely depend on budget. Options range from minimal use in a border, for example, to maximum use in floor-to-ceiling executions. And each implementation, of course, can be done in different materials, be it in a classic subway tile or multicolored mosaics.

It’s good to think about resale value when making changes to a bathroom, especially because white and off-white are the most popular color schemes in that room. That said, your bathroom is a space that all of your guests will likely see at some point; so if you want to make a statement, this is the place to do it. Think about it the same way you would your kitchen backsplash: You want it to be timeless and clean, and to not turn off potential buyers.

You could allow tile to make a statement and cover all four walls, or use it to create pseudo-wainscoting and paint the top half of the wall the color of your choice. Here are five general bathroom tile ideas to apply to your space.

Our Top Bathroom Tile Ideas:

  • Wainscoting
  • Border Tile
  • Flooring
  • Shower Tile
  • All Over

Wainscoting

Wainscoting is a decorative wall covering that extends partway up the wall. It’s typically done in wood and in spaces such as the dining room. However, it can also work in the bathroom as a way to add character. If you want to incorporate tile but are on a budget, try tiling from the floor up and then paint the remaining wall with a gloss or semi-gloss paint for easy clean-up. A potential benefit of using tile wainscoting is that it can also work as a backsplash if it extends high enough above the sink.

Border Tile

mosaic white floor

A border of tile lets you add your personal style without breaking your budget. It also can be a way to make a bold statement without making a huge investment (and also one that can be changed to match the taste of future buyers). Add a strip of mosaic tile or colored glass along the top of subway-tile wainscoting or let it stand alone against a painted wall to warm up the room.

Flooring

zig zag black and white floor

Tile flooring is common in bathrooms and offers a nice alternative to hardwoods, which can get warped if they are exposed to too much water. If you decide to put ceramic tile on the floor, look for a grade of 1 or 2, a water-absorption rating of less than 7 percent and a coefficient of friction above .60, which are slip-resistant and can stand up to water.

Also pay attention to porosity; you’ll want a more impervious tile for the floor because of exposure to water. Vinyl feels better on bare feet than ceramic tile, and it’s one of the more popular flooring choices as it’s inexpensive and practical (safe, easy to install and maintain).

Shower Tile

green colored shower blue walls

Define zones in the room by using a different tile in the shower. You’ll want to use a tile that has a water-absorption rating of less than 3 percent (lower than what’s recommended for the floors) and has good traction (a coefficient of friction that’s greater than or equal to .60).

All Over

subway tile bath

If budget isn’t a factor, then all-over tile can be an interesting way to merge durability and easy cleaning with style. Vary the color, shape, pattern, size and texture of tiles by using different materials on the floors, on the walls and in the shower. Using all-over tile is a good way to make a small space brighter, as the tile will reflect light.

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas That Refresh Your Space

Whether your basement is a small room or takes up an entire floor of your home, there are plenty of options when it comes to using the space effectively. Maximizing efficiency also means getting the most out of the room, which could mean creating functional storage for seldom-used decorations or adding a usable family room. These basement decorating ideas offer ways for expanding how you and your family live and use the space.

First, think about what you need from the room. Would you like to put up out-of-town visitors in a comfortable guest room, kick back with friends, or create the ultimate kids play room? Whatever your wants and needs, there are many decorating ideas to help you make it happen.

The basement, however, can often be a more challenging space to remodel because it’s often an unfinished room. Regardless of how dark and foreboding your space may be, we’ve got a handful of basement decorating ideas that will help you create a room that you will look forward to spending time in.

Decide What Layout Works Best

Once you’ve figured out your budget and how you intend to use the space, determine a floor plan that will help you execute it. If you want to create a guest room, then you probably also want to add a bathroom and will need to plan accordingly. If your space is large, you can divide it into several rooms that serve different needs, whatever they may be. If it’s small, you can still use it for multiple functions with proper planning.

Use Neutrals

Brown Leather Couch Basement

Strong and bold colors catch the eye by adding drama, but they also make a space look and feel smaller. Using them in your basement may make the ceilings seem lower and the walls feel like they’re closing in. Instead rely on light neutral colors like gray, taupe and white that make the space feel more expansive. Use similar colors for bigger furniture pieces such as shelves, sofas and tables. Add color and character in your accessories and coverings, such as throw pillows, curtains, rugs and vases.

Choose Open Concept

Colorful Bookshelf in Neutral Basement

If your basement is on the smaller side, keep the area open by avoiding adding walls. Define different spaces or zones by using color and decor so your basement can serve multiple purposes well. For example, one half of your basement can become an adult relaxation area if anchored by a comfortable sectional, a large area rug, and lighting with dimmer switches. The other half can be a craft area with a large and sturdy table, storage shelves and brighter task lighting.

See the Light

Warm Lighting in Basement Bedroom

Basement windows are often smaller than elsewhere in the house because the space is either partially or totally underground. Lighting will not only make the room feel bigger, but the bright light will make up for the lack of windows. Recessed lighting saves room though you may not have the ceiling space (or budget) to accommodate it. Instead, use wall sconces, table lamps, and floor lamps. To reflect light, hang mirrors strategically in the room.

Create Storage Solutions

White Cabinet Office Corner

Though your basement may also have a higher purpose, it often ends up serving as a general storage area. Incorporate shelves and cabinets and make sure storage units go from the floor to the ceiling to ensure you’re getting the most out of your space. Buy furniture that does double-duty, such as ottomans with a hidden compartment or side tables with drawers. Devote one end of your basement to general storage by hiding that area with a floor-to-ceiling wall covering in the same color as the surrounding walls.

5 Ways to Add Glitz and Gold to Your Home Interior

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s very likely that your to-do list is shaping up to be rather intense. You want your home to look glamorous and well-decorated for visitors and dinner guests. However, isn’t that what you want year-round—a glitzy, glamorous home?

Gold accents are a hot trend right now and we dare say that this classy trend may be here to stay. Luckily, there are some easy, fun and surprisingly inexpensive steps you can take to add gold to your home interior.

Here we will show you how to add year-round touches of glamour, gilt and gold to your home— without it looking tacky or overdone.

1. Chandeliers

chandelier is the best place to start infusing your home with shine. We recommend that you choose an elegant chandelier that adds a bit of whimsy to your room.

For instance, choose one that is not heavy on the metal, but has more glass, with a touch of gold on the arms. This will give your dining room, living room, den, or bedroom a more elegant feeling.

Yes, chandeliers are not only just for dinging rooms anymore—consider adding one to an unexpected room for added glamour.

formal sitting room chandelier

2. Gold Furnishings, Fabrics & Paints

Gold furniture is hot right now!  Look through any current decorating magazine and you are certain to see elegant rooms that have hints of gold and glitz placed strategically throughout the room.

How can you pull off this look without making your home look tacky? Try swapping out your curtains, linens, area rugs, pillows and other fabrics throughout your home with ones that have hints/accents of gold colors. Or switch one neutral- colored wall to an accent wall of glimmering gold paint. If a wall seems to daring, then consider painting an accent piece such as a coffee table in gold paint.

If this seems to be too much gold for your taste, consider adding a few throw pillows that have specks or swirls of glittery gold trim running throughout—- big or small your home deserves some glamour!

gold room accents

3. Take It To The Table

Any table in your home can be glamorized by adding a simple gold runner that is perfect all year long. Paired with the perfect centerpiece, this becomes an understated way to make a gold statement in your home.

If you are hosting a special dinner, you could decorate the table with gold place settings, gold napkins, and get out your good china – perhaps rimmed in gold – for that added glitz and glamour.

Even something as simple as some gold decorative balls place in a gold-rimmed bowl or golden tray can add the perfect hint of glitz to your home. Look to the modern decor on the side table in the image below —two small gold birds sit atop the gold table, making it a perfectly elegant way to add a hint of gold.

grey bedroom gold table

4. Gold Accessories Add Sparkle

Not all candles are meant to burn and this is particularly true when it comes to adding a touch of gold to your home décor. Try adding a few over-the-top glittery gold candles to your table or an end table in the living room and watch a little shine go a long way.

If candles are not your thing, then consider accessorizing a tabletop with a runner in a shiny gold fabric, topped with a glass vase filled with gold decorative balls—there are so many ways to create a glitzy, glamorous centerpiece .

And remember to arrange your centerpieces or arrangements following the rule of three—it’s a great interior decorator secret that is fool-proof.

living room pink couch

5. Gold Hardware

Brass is back! No, we are not talking about those 1980’s shiny brass fixtures, rather the new brass remains shiny, but in a much more modern light.

Look to the kitchen in the image below—the brass hardware adds a bright more formal touch to an other wise simple kitchen.

Consider adding gold accents to your home through brass hardware, fixtures, and accessories. If shiny gold seems too much for you, then consider an aged brass finish that allows you to add sheen without being too flashy.

white kicthen brass hardware

Backyard Landscaping Ideas That Are Perfect For Entertaining

Homeowners often spend the majority of their time (and budget) decorating the inside of their home, but the front and back yards are huge areas of opportunity as well. Freshening up your home’s landscaping – both the front and backyards – is beneficial to resale value.

Adding value to your outdoor space involves more than just laying down a lush green lawn. A landscaped yard is more appealing than plain grass, and it’s easy to liven up the space in a weekend. Try some of these backyard landscaping ideas, and you’ll have a welcoming backyard that’s perfect for entertaining in no time.

Add a Backyard Fire Pit Area

A fire pit is a great place to gather around during any season of the year (weather permitting, of course). Fire pit ideas range from simple metal styles you can buy at most home and garden stores, to more elaborate custom styles. To decide which style is best for you figure out what you’ll be using it for. If you’re looking for a fire for roasting s’mores, then a cheaper, metal bowl will do. However, if you’re looking to create a stylish, focal point then custom is the way to go.

Add Backyard Privacy With Plants

Dine in

Are your neighbors a bit too close for comfort? If you’re looking for the benefits of a privacy fence without actually installing a fence, use plants instead. You can use tall shrubs, small trees or even large plants to obscure the view into your yard from neighboring lawns and porches. Boxwood shrubs, cypress trees and bamboo are all great options that grow quickly.

Create a Backyard Dining Area

bbq

If you want to get more use out of your backyard, try adding a dining area for al fresco lunches and dinners. This can range from something as simple as a picnic table, to something as elaborate as an outdoor kitchen. For a simple backyard landscaping project, create a patio by using large paving stones or a slab of concrete. Add a table, chairs and some colorful decorations for a cozy feel. Place a grill nearby, and you’re ready for BBQs, Sunday brunch and more.

Add a Backyard Water Feature

in the middle

Water features are a great way to bring calmness and serenity to your backyard, and they’re also fairly simple to install. You can buy ready-made kits for ponds and waterfalls, or you can make it a DIY project. This is also a great way to take care of any drainage problems you may have during wet weather. Add a few goldfish and a few small plants to create your own personal outdoor oasis.

Cover Up Any Eyesores

courtyard

If you have anything particularly unappealing in your backyard-such as outdoor air conditioning units, utility meters, or old buildings-add landscaping around them. For example, you can place a lattice fence around an outdoor A/C unit (as long as it still has plenty of ventilation). You can essentially fix any eyesore you have in your backyard by adding tall or bushy potted plants.