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Landscaping can be a challenge for any homeowner. Walk into any home improvement store’s gardening section and there are millions of outdoor décor choices that exist. From assorted flowers to lawn ornaments, the options are endless. This can leave you confused and ready to give up on your yard work before you even start. Fear not, with a proper plan in plan in place, you can conquer your yard.
It’s always best to start planning with a design theme in mind. A very popular landscaping décor theme is the farmhouse style. These elements can be incorporated in any yard big or small, urban to country and has a carefree feel that is perfect for a relaxing backyard. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your farmhouse backyard.
1. Farmhouse Style
When you think of a farm, what colors do you think of? Likely lighter colors like pastels, tans and white come to your mind, with the occasional pop of bright red and blue. This is a great place to start when planning out how you’d like your backyard to look. Flowers, lawn ornaments and patio décor should stick to this color palate. Stay away from bright colors that will give your backyard a more modern, contemporary look.
When it comes to patterns, stick with classics like gingham plaid. Avoid patterns like chevron or stripes for this farmhouse theme, as that will not match the rest of your décor.
And as always, the first step to having a great looking yard is proper lawn care. Mow, weed and water regularly to maintain the overall look of your yard.
2. Natural Stones & Paving
Farmhouse design tends to incorporate natural elements, so choosing a natural stone for your garden path pavers will add a beautiful look to your design. Irregular shapes arranged in a way to create the desired path works well. Natural stone pavers come in a variety of colors and types, but remember to stick with lighter hues to really create the look.
3. Farmhouse Flowers & Plants
A farmhouse backyard would not be complete without plenty of flowers and plants. If you have a green thumb, try your hand at creating a garden, if space allows. Growing vegetables like tomatoes, onions, peppers and carrots not only add to the look of your backyard, but are a great addition to the dinner table as well!
For flowers, try not to plant as strategically in a row as more contemporary homeowners do. Check the light requirements on each flower before beginning to plant. A plant meant to grow in full sun won’t grow in a shade or even part-shade area of the yard. Here are a few flower ideas to enhance the country feel of your backyard:
- Butterfly Bush
- Fountain Grass
- Rose Bush
Always check to see what plants are native to your region before planting. Not only will they have the most success for growth, but they will also help your neighborhood’s local ecosystem.
4. Include A Classic White Picket Fence
If it’s time for you to upgrade your yard’s fencing, a white picket fence will create the classic look instantly. The average cost of a wood picket fence is between $950 and $1,350, depending on the size of the yard. This excludes the cost of white paint and labor needed to finish the project. If your budget does not allow for a picket fence to surround the home, try lining one side of the yard to cut down on costs and define the space.
5. Lawn Furniture
You will certainly need a place to relax and entertain guests in your beautiful backyard. Don’t choose furniture that will completely throw off your backyard’s theme. Instead, look for furniture that has plenty of natural features. Furniture made out of light wood or wicker will help complete the look. White wicker chairs and benches are a beautiful addition to any outdoor backyard. A picnic table or classic long, solid farmhouse style table with benches is the perfect table setting for your theme.
If it’s in the budget, cast iron patio furniture, such as seats and chairs, are the perfect match for your farmhouse theme. They are also durable and able to withstand the elements. If you intend to use them for sitting and dining, be sure to get a few comfortable outdoor cushions.
6. Yard Ornaments & Decor
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Regardless of backyard style, choosing lawn ornaments can be a daunting task. There are so many shapes, colors and figurines, where to start? Consider the farmhouse style. Typically, rustic, vintage looking items or upcycled goods. Keep these materials and looks as you shop. Wagon wheels and old ladders are good options to adorn with flowers and vines. Gardening tools and weathervanes are also great touches to add flair to your backyard.
Barn wood decor is a great match for anyone looking to create the look with lasting durability. This can come in items as small as birdhouses or as large as tables. See where you can include this beautiful wood in your yard.
Don’t forget lighting for when the sun starts to set. String lights around trees or sheds add a whimsical look to your farmhouse landscaping décor. If more lighting is needed, try path or patio lighting options.
7. Space to Play
When all of your farmhouse décor elements are installed and in place, think about the fun you will have in your new outdoor oasis. Where you can, incorporate a place to play some classic outdoor games, both adult- and kid-friendly. Not only is this fun when guests arrive, but it also adds to the traditional look and feel of your yard. Here are a few ideas:
- Bocce Ball
- Disc Golf
- Ladder Ball
Regardless of theme, creating your perfect backyard landscape does not have to be an overwhelming challenge. With a few farmhouse decorating ideas, you can make easy work of your backyard landscaping and be able to enjoy the outdoors just a bit more with this low-key, country theme.
Do you have any ideas for creating a farmhouse feel outdoors? Share with us in the comments below!