37 Backyard Ideas That'll Transform Your Space Into Paradise

You'll never want to go inside.

backyard ideas
Nicole Franzen

As much as we love to get cozy in the living room and lounge around in bed (let's be real—our favorite place in any house is the pantry), a backyard is the true sanctuary. Indeed, your outdoor space can be as inviting, comfortable, and stylish as your interiors, but it'll also offer fresh air and nature. From manicured landscapes to stately patios and paradise-status pools, get ready for some al fresco bliss with these thirty seven backyard ideas. And make sure you bookmark your favorites so you can bring them to life at home.

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yurt design ideas
@bontraveler
Set Up a Yurt

If your space allows, set up a yurt in the backyard. It'll have so much functional range—use it as glamping guest room, a pool house, or even just an outdoor living room/ entertaining area. Because they're more insulated than tents but less permanent than an actual building, you can still hang out in them during the cooler months.

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hammock ideas
@bontraveler
Focus On Landscaping

The backyard is your space to reconnect with nature and unwind in the fresh air. So instead of saturating it with furniture and décor, focus on landscaping and florals.

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pool design ideas
Nicole Franzen
Invest In an Inground Swimming Pool

This inground swimming pool surrounded by a sun-dappled garden and canopy of trees is a backyard dream. Hang some string lights in the seating area for extra style points.

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outdoor seating ideas
Studio Lifestlye
Upgrade Your Seating

Swing sofas are the perfect blend between benches and hammocks. Not only are they relaxing and comfortable, but they can also be visually intriguing, especially if you play with scale and proportion. These super tall ropes are the perfect example.

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wisteria trellis pictures
Natipernavigare
Flower-Covered Pergola

The only thing more heavenly than this cottage's pool is the wisteria growing beside it. Shading a group of bistro chairs, the pergola provides the perfect lunch spot.

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outdoor dining design
Nicole Franzen
Get Inspired by Your Surroundings

This dining area blends in beautifully with the natural landscape. Opt for a rustic dining table with wooden tree trunk stools as dining chairs. It's, edgy, sleek, and sophisticated while still being approachable.

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treehouse ideas
@bontraveler
Build a Tree House

If your backyard opens up into an expansive forest—or even if you just have a few trees—now's your chance to build a treehouse. Or, if you don't want to build an entire house, just build a banister around it as a peaceful lookout deck.

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small patio ideas
@bontraveler
Hang a Hammock

If you have a tiny outdoor space, you can still take advantage of the fresh air in style. Hang a slim hammock and then make it pop with a jute area rug, fun throw pillows, and floor cushions for extra seating.

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cypress outdoor kitchen
Christopher Baker
Consider an Outdoor Kitchen

Alfresco dining is great, but cooking outside is even better. In a Key West house, the outdoor kitchen cabinets are made from old cypress shutters.

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stone fountain by wendy owen
Marion Brenner
Install a Fountain

Wendy Owen used local fieldstone and water channels to create a scenic fountain on her Sonoma property. She took inspiration from historic structures in Provence.

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outdoor kitchen design ideas
Studio Lifestyle
Build an Outdoor Bar

Build a bar for more stylish entertaining outdoors. Choose an eye-catching tile design and hang string lights for a romantic, summery vibe.

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english garden design
Francesco Lagnese
Channel an English Garden

Designer Podge Bune went with traditional roses and hedges for her Hamptons cottage, but didn't worry about a color scheme. "I thought, 'Well, let's just have a riot,'" she says. "I'm so bored with all white."

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pool house design ideas
Nicole Franzen
Design a Clubhouse

An outdoor clubhouse like this one will make your backyard feel like a luxury resort in some far-away tropical destination. The built-in sofa and drum pendants make the rustic touches (like the straw roof) feel a little more elevated in this space.

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outdoor string light ideas
Björn Wallander
Hang String Lights

Designer Jill Sharp Weeks used string lights to make her garden feel like an extension of her home. The space even includes an outdoor privy, the only bathroom on the ground floor.

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modern patio design
Fantastic Frank
Keep Things Minimalist

For a sleek, minimalist patio, whitewash your wood paneled deck and keep things tonal with a gravel garden instead of grass. Bring a heat lamp outside for warmth so you can still hang out there during the chillier months. Floor cushions will be great for extra lounge seating.

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garden ideas 
Nicole Franzen
Plant Your Own Citrus Trees

Elevate your backyard garden by cultivating a small citrus grove. Not only do the bright hues create a gorgeous visual landscape, but your fruit will also come in handy in the kitchen.

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Rebecca Vizard Louisiana House garden shed
Paul Costello
Spotlight a Garden Shed

Rebecca Vizard used a post office in Seaside, Florida, as the model for her petite garden shed. The spruce-colored fence is stained Sherwin-Williams's Shade Tree.

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family backyard ideas
Studio Lifestyle
Make It Kid-Friendly

If you want to make your family home the go-to house in the neighborhood, take notes from this backyard situation. With an epic play structure, twisty water slide, and plenty of greenery, it has child-like glee written all over it.

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terrace ideas
Studio DB
Transform a Terrace

So you don't have a backyard but you do have a rooftop terrace? That can be just as magical when styled well. Bring in plenty of greenery, and then set up a little sitting area for dining or reading.

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home fountain design
Björn Wallander
Spotlight a Fountain

Take in a Charleston rental's water feature from the comfort of an outdoor swing. With a weeping willow overhead, the urban home feels like a private paradise.

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outdoor daybed
William Abranowicz
Spruce Up a Daybed

This restful spot outside a Los Angeles home looks even more inviting thanks to a seat cushion in Great Outdoors' Fresh Canvas and vintage pillows. All that's missing is a good book.

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outdoor dining table
Ngoc Minh Ngo
Deck Out Your Dining Area

Rustic yet refined, a 10-foot-long table sits in the center of landscape designer Lisa Bynon's vegetable garden in Southampton, New York. A graphic cedar deer fence encloses formal raised planting beds.

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stone outdoor shower
David Tsay
Consider an Outdoor Shower

"Washing off the vineyard dust in an outdoor shower is a special treat for everyone, including the golden retrievers," says designer Rela Gleason of this clever space outside a Sonoma home.

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fire pit
James Merrell
Puncuate Your Lawn With a Fire Pit

Just looking at the incredible view in Thom Filicia's yard puts you in a more relaxing frame of mind. If you have a large lawn, consider building a fire pit hang out zone in the middle of it.

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garden landscape ideas
Simon Watson
Cultivate a Garden

In the Cloister Garden of William Christie's 16th-century French countryside estate, the classic rose Katharina Zeimet stands out among the formal hedges.

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all natural swimming pool
Mick Hales
Embrace Your Natural Surroundings

A manmade pond complements a solar geothermal house in Wassaic, New York. Landscape designers carved the pool out of a craggy mountain ledge and surrounded it with native plants.

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bowling game court
Luca Trovato
Optimize It for Sport and Games

Sonoma vineyards offer a picturesque view while guests of a California cottage enjoy the French bowling game boules.

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fire pit
Francesco Lagnese
Mimic a Camp Fire

For her Connecticut property, designer Bonnie Edelman created this outdoor feature as a gathering place for friends and family. Designed with storage in mind, speakers are hidden in the walls of local stone, and logs are stacked under the benches.

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studio with blue french doors
Ditte Isager
Turn Your Shed Into a Studio

This sweet little garden structure houses a getaway for guests. You could also turn your garden shed into a studio if you have a creative side hustle or work from home.

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courtyard
Amy Neunsinger
Simulate an Amphitheater

Rocks and stones suggest a Japanese garden in this courtyard retreat designed by Pamela Shamshiri. Amphitheater-style steps provide extra seating when the homeowners are having a party.

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