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28 Delightful backyard design ideas for summertime inspiration

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Spring is in the air and summer is rapidly approaching, so it is time to start thinking about getting your outdoor spaces ready for entertaining friends and family. Try these delightful backyard design ideas to transform your property into a relaxing outdoor oasis to enjoy throughout the summer season and beyond. Readers, what do you do to get your property ready for summertime enjoyment? Share your feedback in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple more inspiring outdoor feature articles: 55 Visually striking pond design ideas for your backyard and 25+ Fabulous outdoor patio ideas to get ready for spring enjoyment.

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1. A downstairs loggia at a home in Isle of Hope, Georgia features this beautiful outdoor dining room. Antique farm tables and other furnishings decorates this space. (via Linn Gresham Haute Decor)

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2. The decking material is Ipe decking and stacked blue stone was used under the columns. The ceiling is tongue & groove redwood, painted in Decorator’s White High Gloss. The porch lights are the Hundi Lantern from Pottery Barn. There are recessed heaters between the lanterns. Dimensions are 39 feet long by 11 feet wide. (via Tim Barber Ltd Architecture)

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3. Designer Ulrica Wihlborg transformed a Pacific Palisades home into Swedish country style paired with a laid-back California vibe. Cozy furnishings adorn this outdoor living space, including lanterns for ambiance. Lush vegetation adds to the overall aesthetic. (via Heidi Zumbrun for Domino)

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4. This beautiful courtyard space offers privacy thanks to the pleached hornbeam trees. They are great trees for screening and in the winter they lose their leaves at a slow rate. The pretty white flowers are hydrangea ‘Annabelle’. They begin as lime green and then turn white in May/June/July. (via KR Garden Design)

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5. An abundance of plants compliment the design of the garden. The blue flowers are Agapanthus. The benches were custom made from softwood decking boards, they are on casters to be easily movable and have a hinged top for storage. (via C P Landscapes)

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6. This cozy outdoor oasis is small yet filled with plenty of charm. Horizontal wood panels creates an intimate space with plenty of privacy Relax in outdoor seating surrounded by lush vegetation. A mirror hung along on the wall helps to enhance the light, while making this space appear more expansive. (via Cue & Co of London)

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7. A secluded seating area offers a budget-friendly seating idea, tree trunk stools. If you have an old tree that needs to be chopped down, or a fallen tree, use it as seating instead of firewood! (via Chris Snook Photography)

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8. An outdoor courtyard space features plenty of plants to keep it from feeling too conventional. Create an inviting atmosphere by filling your outdoor entertaining area with lush potted plants, especially if the flooring is hard-surfaced. (via Robeson Design)

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9. The furniture is from Michael Taylor Designs in San Francisco. The concrete was dyed with a warm terra cotta hue. There was minimal space for plantings in this courtyard, the the designers used vertical space to create “living walls”. Plants are a mix of conifers, maples, mosses, Japanese maples and rare miniature baobab-type trees. (via Living Green)

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10. A beautiful terrace for entertaining features a privacy screening that is a Cedar slatting painted in a weatherproof wash. This helps to give it a bleached out/weathered look. The purple flowers are Verbena bonariensis, while the climbing plants are Trachelospermum jasminoides. The custom fabribcated pillows were made up out of old Turkish Kilims. (via The London Gardener Ltd)

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11. A vertical garden wall creates a unique focal point to this outdoor living space. Built-in seating surrounds a coffee table with a fire feature. (via Marylou Sobel Interior Design)

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12. The built-in wood benches are 4×4 cedar, steel brackets were installed in the concrete pour to hold the bench to the wall. The flooring is concrete in Davis color Silversmoke. The pavers were given an acid wash to make it slip-resistant. The concrete fire pit is 3’x3′. The plants against the weathered redwood fence are white oak-leaf hydrangeas. (via Arterra Landscape Architects)

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13. Create your own relaxing backyard sanctuary with a fringed hammock and inviting furnishings, surrounded by lush vegetation. (via Topsy Design)

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14. The teak outdoor furnishings are from Smith and Hawkins, found at Target. The plants in the large pots on either side of the painting are Evergreen Jasmine. European Hornbeam trees are behind the tall wall to provide shade. The eye-catching canvas painting is 6 by 8 feet. The artist used acrylic paint along with other element. It was then drizzled with epoxy resin, scraped and the resin applied again for texture. (via Carole Meyer Art)

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15. An outdoor fireplace seating area includes a sofa sourced from Gloster’s Ventura collection. The teak dining table and chairs are from Country Casual. The flooring is random flagstone—Frontier Tan, Peninsula Building Materials in Redwood City, CA. On the right of the image, a pagoda from Malaysia was fitted with LV lights. The string lights are from Restoration Hardware, yet another good resource is Party Lights. (via Pedersen Associates)

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16. The flooring is colored concrete with coral sand. A colored concrete was used for the material on the grilling station counter. The privacy screen is frosted glass. Notice the shell fountain?! (via Molly Wood Garden Design)

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17. The dining table was sourced from JANUS et Cie, as was the large lounge chair. The patio flooring is poured-in place concrete in Davis Sandstone, the lower has mortared pebble joints. The lower deck features a built-in Ipe bench with the integrated lights and a fire pit—sourced from The Green Goddess. (via Outer space Landscape Architecture)

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18. A dreamy covered outdoor dining area looks cozy and inviting. The furnishings are from the Kreiss Collection in Los Angeles. The wrought-iron light fixtures are the St Tropez 4-Light Hanging Lantern in Antique Bronze from Corbett Lighting. (via 1800 Lighting)

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19. This outdoor kitchen includes a 42″ Wolf outdoor gas grill. The countertop is Blue Stone. (via Clarke Appliance Showrooms)

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20. This backyard features a cast-in place concrete fire pit, the bottom is also concrete, about 18″ deep with a gas insert. The flooring is 24×24 concrete pavers. The pavers are set in 3/4″ with clean crushed granite. The fence is cedar with a light stain. (via Coates Design Architects)

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21. The arbor and trellis were custom designed out of pressure treated pine—8′ tall at the edge and 9′ tall in the center. The beams overhang 18″. The lattice is on a 10″ grid. The cross bars are 10″ apart. The trellis has baltic ivy on the left and confederate jasmine on the right. The pergola has Kiwi fruit. Everything is pressure treated wood except for the table, which is western cedar. The paving is loose Alabama brown pea gravel, set on top of a 6″ layer of compacted ABC. The Adirondack chairs were sourced from Lowes. (via Bruce Clodfelter and Associates)

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22. A city rooftop garden features built-in seating with Sunbrella cushions that fit the sofa and the seating by the dining area. The pillows are from Crate and Barrel, the Ventura collection. The ottoman is from Frontgate, while the lounge chairs are from West Elm. (via C. Marie Designs)

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23. The fire pit is built with a cmu base, then clad with a natural stone. The gas burner is custom made and is finished off with black lava rock and a ceramic log-set. The precast concrete pavers surrounding the fire pit are made by Belgard—Urbana. The structure of the covered patio is Douglas Fir, while the ceiling is Tongue & Groove cedar. (via Alderwood Landscape Architecture)

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24. The patio features Brussel Block pavers, by Unilock, selected for their casual tumbled quality and smooth clean surface. An inlay was placed just off the landing. Darker red colored Copthorne pavers, by Unilock, are used as accents both vertically and horizontally on the fireplace. The furniture is from Pride Family Brands, Castelle. (via PA Landscape Group)

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25. A sunken patio features cozy built-in seating and a fireplace wall for warmth and ambiance. (via Rolling Stone Landscapes)

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26. Several small, connected seating areas forms this outdoor garden oasis. Built-in benches flow into a staircase that connects to a raised dining platform. Flower beds are tucked between and behind the seating areas, making this compact garden feel more spacious.(via Helen Williams Garden Design)

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27. This shabby-chic style outdoor living space features built-in seating, lush gardens and a layering of throw rugs on a concrete surface. (via Debi Treloar)

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28. A romantic outdoor dining space features comfortable wicker furnishings. A warm and inviting ambiance is provided by candle-lit Malta Lanterns from Pottery Barn and Globe String lights, also from Pottery Barn. (via Lavin Label)

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