Design Ideas: Prep for Summer with Resort-Style Decor

By Home Bay

Posted on April 14th, 2017

With the right patio and poolside decor, you can create a resort-like atmosphere in your backyard. Doing so will make your weeknights and weekends feel like a quick little getaway, and will give you an excellent way to relax and recharge! Here are some design ideas to get you started.


  • Set up a daybed or porch swing:
    A daybed will not only provide a comfortable, shaded place to rest and enjoy your surroundings, but it also gives the perception of a luxurious getaway. Likewise, porch swings give any space a relaxing, homey feel and serve as the perfect setting for a relaxing evening.

  • Add natural greenery:
    Plants, flowers, and bushes perfectly complement a pool or patio. Greenery can be incorporated into the natural landscape, but if you want more flexibility, you can use pots to bring color and lushness to your space. The glow-in-the-dark planters in this post are a fun option!

  • Incorporate ambient lighting:
    If you have a pool, use soft light in and around the water to create a relaxing atmosphere during evening hours while preserving the safety of family and guests. If you have a patio, use solar lights along pathways and among bushes and trees. You can also hang market or twinkle lights around the yard or on your gazebo to create a lovely ambiance.

  • Set up a poolside or patio lounge area:
    As you may have noticed, relaxation plays a major role in creating a resort-style space. That’s why having a comfortable place to entertain friends and family is key. If you have the space to do so, set up a more formal dining space on your patio, then set up a gazebo or hardscape patio in your lawn and furnish it with conversation patio set. This space will be ideal for chatting and relaxing. Want some extra wow factor? Add a wood-burning or propane-powered fire pit!

  • Make sure there’s ample shade:
    In the hot summer months, being stuck in the scorching sun can really reduce the amount of time you’re able to be outside. A shady hideaway will help create comfort and convenience. To accomplish this, you can use trees, umbrellas or a gazebo or pergola. If you want a little extra comfort, add some water misters to your outdoor space.

  • Use outdoor decor that enhances existing views:
    If your yard faces a lovely green space, canyon or wooded area, take care to landscape in a way that accents your view and provides privacy as needed, but that doesn’t take away from what’s already there. It would be a shame to cover up any gorgeous landscaping that is already in place!

A few well-thought touches can turn any standard yard into a luxurious escape. As an added bonus, your stunning outdoor space will be a huge asset to potential buyers if you ever choose to sell your home!

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