Designing Your Island Property: Backyard Edition
How to Design a Backyard Oasis This Summer
With its mild weather year-round and stunning views, many Kiawah Island residents spend more time outdoors than they do indoors. From laying out on the white sand beach to kayaking along the golden marsh, they are constantly out and about exploring all the Island has to offer. And when they arrive home, you can often find residents relaxing in their backyards soaking in a little more sunshine and fresh air. In fact, we would argue to say that the backyard is one of the most frequently used areas of a coastal home. However, the space can occasionally be overlooked in the decorating process due to its outdoor location.
If you wish to upgrade your outdoor space, continue reading to discover how to design a backyard oasis you’ll never want to leave.
1. Choose an Aesthetic
Your backyard is a natural extension of your home. Similar to any other space, it should reflect a consistent aesthetic that complements the rest of your home, and is indicative of your own personal style. As a starting point, determine the atmosphere you would like to create. Maybe you prefer a formal Southern garden that celebrates the Lowcountry location of your home. Or, perhaps you would like to create a relaxed tropical paradise — perfect for sipping on piña coladas with friends and playing with your children. Whatever theme you decide on, be sure to choose an aesthetic that sparks joy and will make you feel at ease in your backyard oasis.
2. Decide On a Color Scheme
After you have decided on a style, you will need to select a color palette that will foster your vision. If you would like your backyard to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment, consider choosing earthy colors, such as beige, green, and blue hues. On the other hand, if you’re going for a more colorful color scheme, consider adding pops of fuchsia and orange to give the space a fun, tropical feel. Incorporate your chosen color scheme into accessories, throw pillows, flower pots, and furniture.
3. Prioritize Privacy
In order to make your backyard truly feel like a personal oasis, privacy is a must. Luckily, the homes on Kiawah Island are specifically designed with this in mind. In fact, many of our neighborhoods have a limited number of homes to allow ample space for each property. If you wish for even more privacy, there are additional steps you can take to achieve this. Adding high fences, plants, and palm trees to your backyard can help increase privacy.
4. Add a Pool
No coastal backyard is complete without a place to cool off during the warm summer months. Not to mention, a swimming pool can help to foster a tropical feel, especially if you choose to add waterfalls and rocks surrounding it. Consider also adding a hot tub if you plan to reside in your coastal home during the winter months as well.
5. Create a Lounging Area
In order to create a relaxing atmosphere, be sure to add pieces of furniture that allow you to comfortably lounge and unwind in your backyard oasis. Consider adding chaise lounges so you can soak up the sun while you lounge by the pool. Additionally, add a hammock that you can curl up in while reading your favorite book. A variety of seating areas in your backyard lets you make the most of the space no matter what you are doing.
6. Add a Dining Table
When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than enjoying meals outside in the backyard! So, be sure to incorporate a large weather-proof dining table and chairs so you can take advantage of eating outside as much as possible.
7. Set Up an Outdoor Kitchen
While you’re entertaining guests in your backyard oasis, there is nothing more convenient than having an outdoor kitchen. This setup gives you the ability to converse with friends and family while flipping burgers on the grill or preparing a summer salad. Not to mention, it will keep the inside of your home cool and even lower your energy bills.
8. Add a Fire Pit
Another way to entertain friends in your backyard is to add a fire pit. This is the perfect place to gather with friends on breezy summer nights or cool fall evenings. Moreover, the glow of the fire in your backyard oasis creates a warm ambiance and inviting atmosphere.
9. Incorporate Mood Lighting
In your backyard oasis, it is important to have lighting options that can be used during several different occasions. For example, stranding string lights and tiki torches can set the mood for entertaining. Meanwhile, path lighting can provide additional safety and wayfinding benefits. We recommend choosing fixtures with charming details that complement the aesthetic of your home.
10. Add Flowers and Greenery
As a finishing touch, add an abundance of flowers and greenery to really transform your space into a coastal oasis. Add tropical plants and colorful flowers, such as a majesty palm and hibiscus to create a bright, welcoming atmosphere. You can even select plants that tie in the color scheme of your backyard design.
If you enjoy cooking, your backyard is also the perfect place to plant vegetables and herbs that can be incorporated into delicious meals. Start simple by planting herbs like mint, cilantro, basil, and parsley. Then grow your garden by adding tomatoes, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables you prefer.
Designing Your Dream Home on Kiawah Island
The natural beauty that surrounds Kiawah Island is truly a sight to behold. As a protected barrier island, our community is dedicated to ensuring that the natural habitats, wildlife, and beauty of these special places can continue to thrive. That way, you can admire the stunning views from your backyard oasis for a long time to come.
If you are interested in relocating to Kiawah Island, we invite you to reach out to us by clicking the button below. We’d be happy to provide you with additional information and answer any questions you may have about the Island.