People often take great care to upkeep the front of their homes to add curb appeal while neglecting an extremely important part of their house- the backyard. Gone are the days where yards are only spaces for the kids or dogs to roam free and have fun; now, backyards are incredible outdoor living spaces for adults and the whole family. Anyone can transform their scarcely used space into a perfect spot for entertaining, dining, relaxing, or a cozy nook for reading- the possibilities are endless.

If you’re short on space or tight on budget, there are simple solutions for you. Or, if you’re ready to commit to a total outdoor makeover, you’ll find some inspiration below. From small patios and decks to terraces and verandas, get ready to transform your yard to the outdoor oasis you’ve been waiting for!

Transform Your Yard: Any Size or Budget

Short on Space

  • Use Color: This inspirational small porch design shows the power of color. Paired against neutral furniture, the bright, fun pinks, purples, and oranges liven up an otherwise uninteresting porch with a few simple accent pieces. Look for playful throw pillows and a small rug; don’t forget to infuse some natural beauty with complementing flowers. (Photo 1 HGTV.)
  • Go Modern: If you’re too short on space for a full set of patio or lounge furniture, consider a modern table and chairs for two to four people. You can play with color, but I suggest you go with metal over plastic for a more polished look. Add neutral cushions or a fun print, and consider accessorizing with a small throw pillow for more interest and comfort. (Photo 2 from Houzz.)

Tight on Budget

  • Repurpose: If you’re not ready to put your budget towards your outdoor living space, you can still beautify it with a small (or even no) budget! Look for items in your home that you have stashed away and find a way to repurpose them outside for a shabby chic look. If you can’t find the pieces you’re looking for, no problem- head to your local resale shop for unique treasures. Look for the shapes of accessories, furniture, and mirrors more than their current aesthetic and colors because you can easily change that with a little paint or spray paint. (Photo 3 courtesy of BHG.)
  • Lighting: Update your space simply by adding lighting, such as hanging lanterns (as in the Apartment Therapy photo), tiki torches, or strings of globe lights.

Total Outdoor Makeover

If you’re ready for a complete makeover of your yard, you’ll find some inspiration below to truly transform your space into another ‘room’ of your home. Your friends will be begging you to host them after you add some stylish lounge seating and dramatic décor and you’ll be throwing dinner parties outside before you know it!

If budget is no object, consider adding components of your home inside and bring them outdoors, such as a kitchen, pizza oven, a bar complete with a beer or soda tap, or outside movie ‘room.’

House Beautiful backyard via It's Simply Lindsay

My project this summer is to use this inspiration on my own yard! The transforming post will come by the end of summer. How do you use your outdoor space?

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  • Justin Copeland

    I love to sit outside and just look over my land. Or when the weather is right, have friends and family over for a bon fire. I usually have some sort of garden growing. I just love having the space to entertain outside.

  • My boyfriend and I currently live in an apartment but we have a decent size balcony and we have been trying to find something all summer to find a good set of chairs and mini table. We have no luck.

  • I completely remodeled our apartment balcony. But it has been neglected this year. It has rained straight for a month and we are going on a very long vacation. So I didn’t feel the need to clean it up and refresh it. But now, seeing these beautiful photographs, I feel like I should have. Thank you for sharing them on the #passionproject this week.

  • I definitely need to redo our back yard. Really, our entire yard. It’s pretty shabby! Mostly I need to tackle the overgrown foliage haha.

  • LOVE THIS! All of the pictures are spot on. I definitely need some color on my patio. Thank you for this! Definitely Pinterest-worthy material

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I hope you found some inspiration to add a little something to your patio! What I’m trying to remember is that you don’t have to do everything at once- I have huge plans for my yard, but I need to start small.

      • I definitely did! I definitely need to add that pop of color with some pillows or something 🙂

  • I love that patio furniture! One of the things I hate most about apartment living is not having that outside space of our own. I can’t wait to have a yard and patio/deck to spruce up!

  • These are all gorgeous! Wish I had a yard to do this with.

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Thanks Angie! I hope it brought you some inspiration.