25 great ideas for turning backyards into inviting outdoor spaces

A backyard is a wonderful addition to a home or apartment – but what do you do when your garden is anything but appealing?

In many cases, a few small tweaks are all you need to create a welcoming, comfortable place to relax.


Whether you have a sprawling lawn or a small, paved patio, find inspiration in these ideas to turn your backyards into inviting outdoor spaces.

Fantastic cozy backyard

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This cute backyard shows that you do not need grass or lots of space to create a cozy getaway.

It’s all about mood lighting – a few strands of classic cafe lights make all the difference! Lay out a table and some comfortable chairs so you are ready for summer meetings in the open air.

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Backyard with Country Refresh

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Feel like you are living in a tropical paradise with this spectacular farm makeover.

The space is small but inviting thanks to a wall of lush green plants. A wide bench is the perfect place to relax with a book or sip cocktails with a close friend.

Backyard with rocking bench

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Is there anything more relaxing than swinging outdoors?

We do not believe it; That’s why we love this amazing pergola-turned swing.

The dramatically curved crossbeams and the substantial stone base add visual interest, making the large courtyard more accessible and inviting.

Backyard with walkway light

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Large lighting makes all the difference in a backyard. Here, LED strip lights illuminate a stone bridge that guides guests to the fun.

The soft glow jumps out of the fence and fills the garden so your friends and family can navigate safely.

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Beautiful backyard with string lights

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When planning a backyard oasis, you can not go wrong with string lights – there is something timeless and cozy about these simple white globes.

Hang them from the ceiling on a pergola or gazebo to create a lovely outdoor dining area. A variety of sunlight and a few well-placed candles complete the magical effect.

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Beautiful backyard hammock oasis

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Having trouble getting grass to grow in your garden?

Cover it with small rocks and add simple cement laying machines for maintenance-free hardscaping.

Stop a hammock in the room and add a string of string lights to create a great hook for reading and relaxing.

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Beautiful DIY Backyard Idea

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Encourage guests to linger at long, relaxed summer gatherings by defining your entertaining area.

Here, the homeowner uses pea gravel to create a safe base for a campfire site. Adirondack plastic chairs are comfortable and easy to clean, and cord lights give just the right touch of light.

Beautiful flower-laden poles look amazing during the day and night.

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Cottage backyard

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When you do not have room for grass, a backyard can feel strong and sterile.

This clever homeowner came up with a wonderful solution – by placing tall potted plants around the terrace, the space is transformed into a green, jungle-inspired wonderland.

Plush chairs take the cozy atmosphere to the next level.

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Cottage backyard with beamed table and benches

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How do you make a stone or cement patio feel more relaxed and inviting?

Add a rustic wooden picnic table! The wooden structure softens the stone and adds a rustic feel.

Here, chic wooden side posts support a single string of cafΓ© lights for an inviting twist.

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Holiday home backyard with stone garden path and string lights

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A large backyard gives you plenty of opportunities for entertainment.

Do not let go of the trees – use them instead as the basis for a relaxing retreat. We love how wooden poles and hanging candles hit the seat and isolate it from the rest of the garden.

A cute stone path shows guests the way.

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Cottage backyard with string lights and stone fire

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On a cool summer night, it is nice to relax around the campfire.

Protect your grass from foot traffic and sparks by creating a stone floor around the fireplace.

That way, you can move furniture without tearing up the yard. Finish the design with string lights, then you are ready for entertainment.

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Cozy bohemian backyard

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This stunning design transforms a dull patio into a true indoor-outdoor living area.

Start with a rug, garden furniture and a pergola lined with string lights.

Then get lost in potted plants; they add softness and organic color and draw focus away from the hard floor and fence.

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Cozy little backyard

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A small backyard does not have to be an obstacle – in fact, it is the perfect place for a cozy outdoor living area.

Use this farm as an example; it is stocked with garden furniture, dining table and chimenea so you can stay outside all summer.

We love outdoor rugs that break up the space and set a welcoming tone.

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Easy DIY Backyard Garden Idea

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Is your backyard the size of a stamp? Built-in furniture is a great way to maximize space.

This design uses a bench, plants and pergola built right into the fence.

All you need to add is a table and a couple of side chairs and you have room for a large dinner party.

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Inviting summer backyard idea

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If you are ready to invest in your garden, start by building a vaulted roof.

This remarkable design defines the space and keeps rainfall out so you can enjoy it in rain or shine.

Since the structure is so strong, you can add hanging candles, plants and swings to create a stunning outdoor living space.

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Landscape Backyard Idea!

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A narrow side yard is a challenging landscaping project, especially if it does not get enough sun for lush grass growth. The secret? Hardcaping!

A cement aisle, beautiful filler and tall brick planters have a transforming effect that is straight out of a magazine.

Mid-Century Modern Backyard

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Here’s another way to deal with hostile soil and uneven grass – cover it with pebbles.

They are ideal for drainage and they are a good base for furniture and a fireplace. Our favorite element is the pull-out canopy over the outdoor dining table.

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Modern backyard

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Create a backyard that matches your modern home by getting rid of grass completely.

Here, the wooden terrace is an extension of the indoor living space, giving you the freedom to eat and grill outdoors.

As a bonus, you never have to worry about farm work.

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Modern backyard patio idea

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When you have a large garden and a patio, the space can seem to stretch forever.

To make it feel more comfortable, place furniture and potted plants around the edge of the patio; it fills the area and creates a comfortable living area.

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Simple backyard yard with DIY fire pit and seating

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Outdoor furniture and grass do not always work well together, but this simple design offers an ingenious solution.

Use peas, gravel and garden edging to create a defined seating area; the rocks do not burn when sparks fall on them.

Anchor 4-inch x 4-inch posts in attractive wooden buckets using cement, and string lights between the posts for fun nightly gatherings.

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Simple, inexpensive backyard idea

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DIY makeover in the backyard does not have to break the bank – sometimes all you need is a new furniture set.

Make the garden feel more cozy by choosing pieces that fill the space. Do you handle an ugly chain fence? Cover it with vines for beauty and privacy.

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Spruce Up Small Backyard

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Do you have a small backyard of concrete slabs?

Make it the perfect outdoor space by constructing a simple wooden slatted wall. The unfinished wood adds a trendy ambiance – plus it blocks the view and creates a convenient place for a sectional sofa and coffee table.

Add a rug for an extra cozy feeling.

Such a perfect getaway for relaxing and entertaining

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Whether you have a huge lawn or a small, cement-covered garden, lighting makes all the difference.

To get the most beautiful effect, try using different types of lights: string lights in the trees, lighting along the fence and sunlight along paths.

Add a picnic table and seating area to create the perfect place to entertain or dine with the family.

Such an inviting backyard!

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Look beyond the furniture and the trees and you will see that this backyard is nothing more than stone paving and a fence.

The homeowner worked a miracle on a budget – potted plants create a lush feel and a rug makes room to feel inviting.

We love the floor lamps and the cozy throw that gives the sitting area a homely and inviting atmosphere.

Super Simple Backyard Retreat

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You do not have to spend a lot of money to earn over a backyard. This lovely retreat is nothing more than a raised wooden platform – cozy pillows and beautiful potted plants make all the difference.

It is a nice place to nap or read a favorite book.

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