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The Worst Backyard Design Ideas

When designing your backyard, everyone always talks about what you should do, but what they never really talk about is what you shouldn’t do. It’s a subject that needs to be addressed because people make so many common mistakes when designing their backyards.

In this blog, we cover the worst backyard design ideas you need to avoid:

1. Overcrowding

This is probably the worst thing you could do to your backyard; overcrowd it with furniture or decoration. Overcrowding leaves no room to breathe, and the area ends up looking suffocating. It shouldn’t look like a yard sale.

Don’t just put many random pieces together as it’ll look cluttered; the pieces should complement each other. If your yard is overcrowded, it’ll give off feelings of anxiety, and you’ll find that you yourself won’t want to hang out there. Try to go for a minimalistic feel with all the basics and maybe just a little more for that added oomph. Remember, less is more, so choose your pieces wisely as they will make more of an impact than using more that are irrelevant.

2. Treating It As Indoors

People make a common mistake when decorating their backyards is treating it as indoors instead of the outdoors. It is an outdoor space, no matter how much you want it to look like an indoor one. You don’t want to look like you pushed your living room outside into your yard. That looks stupid. Instead, you want to use the outdoors to its maximum potential and incorporate that into your decoration. It should look natural and go well with its surroundings otherwise; it’s an absolute fail.

That’s so much easier than trying to create an indoor vibe. To achieve this, you’ll have to use different kinds of furniture and decoration. The transition from your indoors to your outdoors doesn’t have to be stark, but it shouldn’t look the same.

3. Flat Space

Sometimes, when you’re trying to copy a design from Pinterest or something you saw, it ends up looking flat because it lacks personality. You want your backyard to give off a vibe, and that can only happen if you add a personal touch to it. Instead of replicating, be somewhat original, and you’ll notice the difference it makes make to your backyard.

It will give the place character and make it feel more wholesome. You can do this with the little things like the kind of cushions you use or maybe use some pieces that you have collected, such as a wind chime or bird feeder. You’d be surprised at how much they can add to a place.

4. Diverse Color Palette

This one is an absolute no-no! Using a diverse color palette can make the place seem cluttered, so stick to similar shades. We would suggest neutral colors that are close to nature and will blend beautifully with space. A color palette of whites and beiges will give off a soothing effect and make your backyard look serene.

Make sure that your colors go well together instead of clashing with one another. You also want to make sure not to use something too loud as that could draw away attention from your plants and the rest of your backyard. However, if you want to brighten up the place, you can always add a pop of color through the cushions, etc.

5. Soulless Seating Sets

Make sure that your seating sets have character to them and are not, in other words, basic. Imagine that your seating set is all the same color and materials; it could end up looking mundane and boring. To give your sets that oomph, you have to play around a little with materials, colors, and textures. Don’t be too playful but experiment a little before picking them. A key tip is to pick your furniture from various stores and manufacturers not to look all the same. Vintage pieces can be a real hit too! Pair them well, and you’re good to go.

6. Fake Plants

We cannot emphasize how unappealing this is. If we had to pick out the worst backyard design idea, this would probably be it. Fake plants in an outdoor setting look tacky and, of course, fake. They will take away from your backyard, so trust us when we tell you that you do not want to go there. Stick to real plants! Even if you aren’t very good at gardening, worry, not there are plenty of low-maintenance plants for beginners that you can grow. They’ll look a lot lusher and will add beauty to your backyard.

–  Key Tips

1. Do some research

Before designing your backyard, make sure to do some research. Not everything that looks good in your head will necessarily look good in real life. Doing your research will help you figure out dos and don’ts. For instance, you can use mirrors to make space look bigger. There are so many ideas that could help you get closer to what you have in mind, so make sure to use them.

2. Plan it from before

Plan, plan, plan! This is important because you’ll want to see how it looks before doing the hard work and actually putting it together. You’ll want to make sure that everything blends well and complements each other, which is why you should make a rough plan so that if any changes need to be made, they can be made well in time.

Final Thoughts

You now know what not to do when it comes to designing your backyard. Keep these ideas in mind, and they’ll save you from owning the worst yard on the block. Go for simplicity, and you’ll be safe!