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Ah, rest and relaxation! That’s exactly what you are looking forward to when you get home at the end of a long day. But does your outdoor living room resemble more of a hazard zone than the perfect backyard retreat? Use these tips to transform your backyard into the oasis you deserve to enjoy each and every day.

Create Zones

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This cute cabana is just made for relaxing and lounging poolside

Start to create the perfect backyard retreat by dividing the space into zones. For instance, one zone might include your swimming pool and the area around it as a place to refresh your body; include a pool cabana for ease of changing clothes and storing towels.

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The next zone might be for cooking and eating and include an outdoor kitchen, mobile bar cart and dining table.

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Another zone might be a small nook in a corner of your yard filled with a comfy lounge chair with piles of fluffy pillows, an occasional table and pots of lush foliage; a small water fountain creates a backdrop of soothing noise.

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A triptych such as this really dresses up a bare wall

Different materials, such as the pool deck, patio tiles and outdoor area rugs can help to define each space. Outdoor artwork, such as this piece, is another way to indicate a zone change.

Heat and Cool

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This market umbrella is the perfect size to shade a small area

In addition to the zones in your perfect backyard retreat, consider temperature controls as part of your comfort. That means installing misters and fans around the back patio and making sure there are enough shade features to adequately cover seating areas.

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Place a gas or propane fireplace, fire pit or other fire features throughout the space to provide instant heat. With so many options for fire features available today, there are plenty of ways to add a hint of warmth on those chilly fall and winter nights. Include a basket of throws next to the fireplace or fire pit so they are handy when you feel the need to snuggle into cozy softness.

The Light Stuff

Another factor involved in the perfect backyard retreat is lighting. String lights spanning seating areas create a romantic glow at night. You will need something with a bit more illumination for your cozy nook if you wish to read a book, such as a table lamp. In the cooking and dining zone, consider adding an overhead fan with light fixture. Small pathway markers along walkways help keep you safe at night; if you’d like to keep things eco-friendly, make them solar lights.

Comfort Above All

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But perhaps the main thing to remember when you set out to create the perfect backyard retreat is comfort. Be sure the seating pieces you select are ergonomically designed and covered in deep cushions, such as this outdoor sofa from Tommy Bahama Outdoor.

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Include ottomans with chairs that don’t recline so you have a place to prop up your tired feet.

Keep the textures on pillows, rugs and throws soft and fluffy. The idea is to create a perfect backyard retreat with items that you want to sink into and wrap around your shoulders as you relax in comfort.

Now is the perfect time to create the perfect backyard retreat. We invite you to shop our large selection of luxury outdoor furnishings today so you can enjoy the ultimate in rest and relaxation in your own backyard tomorrow.

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