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Redoing your backyard can seem like an intimidating, endless and costly project. But it doesn’t have to be. With a few helpful tips, creating a tropical themed backyard can actually be fun and easy.
Get started simply by evaluating the size and shape of the space you have to work with and chose an area of focus. This space could be the patio, the garden, a specific area designated for relaxing or entertaining or even just the center of the yard. Once defined, make this section your vision of a Backyard X-Scape: add a table and chairs for outdoor dining, place a tiki bar for convenient adult entertainment, build or inflate a pool for your guests and children to play in or erect a palapa for relaxing in the sun. Within the focal area, decide how much and what type of furniture you will need: how many chairs and tables, what types and styles and how tall are all important questions when choosing backyard furniture.
Once the focal point is established, you can fill out the rest of the space. Remember, when decorating, less is more. Fill in barren areas not with more furniture, but with exotic vegetation like palm trees and tropical flowers. Island culture is rife with bright colors; the more variety the better. The lush environment and vibrant colors will create a warm and inviting feel.
Next, decide how you wish to light your backyard. First, consider potential hazards and light them immediately along with walkways and other high traffic areas. Then, light the main focal point – where you, your family and guests will be spending most of your time. Once the main points are sufficiently illuminated, you can choose interesting features like shrubbery or artwork to spotlight. Use tropical lighting ideas like tiki torches, lanterns and fire pits. Additionally, white or bright Christmas lights can contribute to a festive and colorful atmosphere.
One of the most frequent questions we get asked on a daily basis is “can I use your tropical decor for indoors?” Although our popular bamboo products, pottery and thatch items are built to be able to handle the outdoor environment, their function is just as versatile indoors. Here are some tips on how to create that tropical flare to any room.
Color and Texture
In our past articles we’ve mentioned that one of the first things before decorating anything or anywhere, you want to establish a color scheme. Since your aim is a tropical look, you will want natural tones that exist in items such as bamboo, thatch or bamboo rugs and contrast them with bright and bold island colors such as red, yellow, pinks and blues. Keep in mind that this does not mean to use every bright color palette available, it’s best to select a couple and work in variations of each. Flowers, pottery, and fountains have a magical way of adding color without being overbearing. Items such as bamboo poles and slats can add texture by acting as moldings along your ceilings and floor. You can even turn your entire room into one big Tiki hut, by lining a runner roll of thatch along the wall ceilings.
Remember that since you are using neutral tones in your bamboo and thatch, that you want to use a contrasting paint color for your walls. Dark chocolate browns, blues and greens work wonderfully against neutral tones.
Accents and Details
What makes Labor Day such a great holiday is that it is one of the rare holidays where you know exactly which day of the week it will fall on, a Monday, which is quite the added bonus to what is usually a two day weekend. This September 7th, with some creative thinking you can add some spice to your typical bbq, or make your beach or park outing into a memorable event.
Rather than your just winging a backyard BBQ with friends or family that may “stop by”, plan out a themed event such as “Tiki Totem Party” or “Tropical Labor Day Getaway.” The idea of throwing an organized party may seem like a lot of work, but a little pre-thought can actually help in many ways. By officially inviting guests and planning an event, guests are more likely to commit to the time and event, which also provides you with a good idea of how many people to provide food and drinks for. Your theme could also be a potluck which would relieve a lot of the preparation work from you, and also allow for a variety of tasty items from all your guests. Having guests show up in themed wear such as Hawaiian shirts or Sarongs will add life to the event and will help in bringing everyone together in the festivities.
Decorating does not necessarily require a big budget or weeks of setting up. Decorative items such as Tiki statues, bamboo fencing, or thatch, instantly add a dash of tropical flavor to any setting, without requiring much installation and once the event is over, the same décor can still be used for your home and garden. Table cloths, napkins and disposable cups and plates are inexpensive ways to add color to your table setting and compliment your theme.
For entertainment, you can play island music in the background, have a Tiki Bar set up serving drinks, or even add in some games.
Some of the greatest things about summer include longer sunny days and spending time enjoying life with those we love. Summer getaways are grand but arranging the time and budget can be another job in itself. What if you could have your own stay-cation this summer, where you could create a little bit of paradise right in your own backyard? The common obstacles that come up when it comes to re-decorating or sprucing up a space are time and money.
Just like the cooking shows that show you how to make meals with five ingredients or less, or in fewer than 30 minutes, we wanted to apply that same formula to decorating your backyard. There are five simple things that you can do, in less than a day, to brighten up your backyard and turn it into a place where you can escape from the rest of the world.
1) Cozying Up Your Patio
Being that your patio is the first thing you set foot upon when you walk into your backyard, it’s also the best place to start decorating. Your patio plays a big part in landscaping as it sets and starts the atmosphere for the rest of your yard. It is also a central gathering place where you and your family spend time. Accessorizing your patio with decorative art pieces such as tiki statues or a tiki bar, instantly transform the look of a space into a fun island theme. Accessories such as hanging art, wind chimes and vibrant colored throw pillows can also help paint some life into a dreary patio setting. Got some old patio furniture? Rather than spending a lot of money on new furniture, try restoring the pieces you have with some paint and accents. An old concrete table can be restored into a beautiful mosaic table with some old tile pieces.