Elegant and Inviting – Secrets to Creating Backyard Bliss
The foundational aesthetics that best capture outdoor Naples flare include colors like aged pewter, deep ocean, mountain sage and cooler grays, all against a white farmhouse backdrop. While poppy white has a strong hold, the board-and-batten look is transitioning to bolder, darker exteriors. With these staples in mind, Naples homeowners are investing more than ever in the living spaces surrounding their homes – expounding upon outdoor fixtures and features to make their backyards more blissful and serene than ever. Here is a rundown of options to consider for your own outdoor spaces.
Courtyards & Gardens
Key features to shoot for are a sculpted lawn, tidy topiary and hedges and planter boxes. Lush hydrangeas, lavender and other flowering herbs add sweet fragrance, visual beauty and are useful for home decor and cooking. Magnolias, dogwood and star jasmine make for great garden statement pieces. Ornate pavers can be used to circle tree trunks. Fence in the whole yard with a white picket fence, and add a spindle-top arbor gate for a finishing touch.
Arbors, Gazebos, & Pergolas
An outdoor timber arbor or gazebo with a vine rose or wisteria climber can add story-book nostalgia and irresistible romance to any backyard. Be sure to line each post, pillar, or beam with roses or other delicate flowers that will cling to the structure and show off year-round blooms. Arbors and gazebos can be particularly nice for privacy and fairytale evenings as the sun sets.
Pools & water features
Nothing quite says luxury like a custom water feature or pool. Just the sound of running water can relax like no other, let alone going for a swim. Enclose an outdoor pool with glass for cover and temperature control. Add a waterfall or artful stonework, or even a pool bar with seating or a heated spa for post-workout recovery. No matter the size, water-based features appeal to all the senses.
Lawn furnishings and mood lighting
Low profile, boxy, mid-century modern indoor/outdoor sectionals, Palma bistro-style table and chairs and an assortment of coastal and beach wood furniture set the staycation and relaxation tone you are shooting for. To create a more interesting scene for guests, try hurricane lanterns around the pool, spotlight large palms or other trees and blooming hedges or mount tiki torches or strings of hanging lights with oversized bulbs. No matter your style or yard size, there are plentiful options for elevating the outdoor experience.
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