Tips to Create a Backyard X-Scape

Transforming your backyard into a tropical escape from reality doesn’t have to be a monumental and intimidating project. A few simple tips can save you time, energy and headaches.

First of all, calculate the space you have to work with. This will keep you from buying too much outdoor furniture or too many accents.

Secondly, select a focal point or area. This can be a central location for serving drinks and food, like a tiki bar, a place to sit and talk or eat, like a patio set or a place to play like a pool, hot tub or outdoor swing. The focal point is where you will spending the most time and should be considered highly functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. We recommend eco-friendly outdoor furniture options like a bamboo tiki bar to provide a setting for entertaining or a thatch umbrella kit with furniture for relaxing under. These items don’t have to take up too much space, require little upkeep, are eco-friendly and provide an interesting visual scene.

Next comes the decorating. Remember that with accessories, usually less is more. You want to keep your outdoor escape simple and inviting. Bamboo rugs are an affordable accent and bamboo fencing is extraordinarily versatile, durable and visually appealing. A bamboo fence can be used indoors and out and can therefore extend the look of your home to the backyard. Use a bamboo or reed fence outdoors to cover an old fence, create a privacy screen or add shade to a patio. Thatch can also be used to create shade and provide insulation to an outdoor room.

Color is also important in decorating. Tiki masks or signs can add diversity to an earth toned tropical paradise. Adding brightly colored throw pillows or cushions to your outdoor furniture can also help accent your space. Don’t forget to plant accents into your landscaping too. Using colorful plants and flowers that are indigenous to your climate will keep upkeep time to a minimum and will give your backyard life, movement and a sense of freshness.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of redoing your backyard. A few cleverly placed units can hide unfinished areas and accent the most beautiful and interesting. Additionally, lighting will direct the party to a place of your choosing. Keep your backyard green by using solar accent lights or strings of electrically frugal twinkle lights.

Lastly, make sure that your backyard escape is free of dust, clutter and garbage. Even if your outdoor space is beautifully decorated and furnished, it won’t matter to a hill of beans if it looks dingy or squalid. Bamboo requires little attention once installed and will last for years with marginal cleaning or restoration.

At Backyard X-Scapes we promote the use of eco-friendly bamboo and thatch products and encourage our customers to always keep the environment in mind when making both design and lifestyle choices. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth and one of the most environmentally responsible crops as it can grow up to 47 inches a day and reach full height in less than a year. Bamboo can be consistently harvested without damaging the eco-system and requires no harmful chemicals or pesticides. Whatever your decorating or design needs, there is a bamboo product to help. Bamboo fences and rugs are obvious choices, but bamboo furniture, flatware, computer accessories and clothes can also be employed in trendy, eco-friendly or budget-conscious households. This weed-like wood has been used for centuries in construction, décor and even medicine; its versatility is unmatched by any other hardwood. It requires little upkeep or maintenance, will last for years and age beautifully in your backyard.

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