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If you’re bored of the typical lawn-and-patio backyard, then maybe it’s time to add some fun to your outdoor living space. From surfboard showers to freestanding bathtubs, here’s how you can put some character back into your backyard.
1. Add a built-in mosaic bench. This gorgeous built-in mosaic bench reminds me of the whimsical designs of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. A piece like this would be a welcome change from standard backyard furniture that needs to be protected from rain and snow.
2. Create a vine-covered party pad. Make a lush, jungle oasis by training climbing vines over garden walls and stringing up rows of glowing lights. A long, low outdoor fireplace is the perfect spot for gathering around, while weatherproof modern chairs add a colorful touch.
3. Plan a secret seating area. Follow a path lined with bamboo plantings to a hidden seating area and discover the perfect place to kick back and relax. The wicker lounge chair provides another layer of privacy when you’re seated, making this an ideal hideaway.
4. Mimic ancient ruins. A tiny, lush meadow leads to a secluded garden room. Partial stone walls look as if they have been crumbling there for centuries, fire-filled stone urns mark the entrance, and an antique burbling fountain provides soothing sounds.
5. Add a lava rock shower. Yes, this outdoor shower is in Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean you can’t snag a similar look wherever you live. The lava rock wall provides a natural backdrop for the outdoor shower, while tropical plantings, a teak towel rack and wide stepping stones add appealing texture and a resort-like vibe.
7. Use colorful tile. Spice up your outdoor kitchen with a colorful patchwork of tiles. If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen, a patchwork-tiled table or bench would be just as eye catching.
8. Set up an outdoor tub. Could there be anything more freeing than bathing in the great outdoors? If privacy is a concern, a roll-down screen can help you feel less exposed but still connected with the surrounding landscape.
12. Arrange a living room right on the lawn. Why stick with furniture only on the patio or deck? Create an outdoor living room that really embraces the outdoors by positioning your furniture in an area of your yard planted with grass or a foot-traffic-friendly ground cover.