How To: Create a Backyard Oasis

Do you have an outdoor space that you just aren’t sure how to fill or decorate? Outdoor spaces provide the perfect opportunity to create a personal retreat right in the comfort of your own home. After a particularly stressful day, a backyard oasis can become a vital part of your self-care routine. You can turn an empty, bare space into a lush, tropical paradise providing all the therapeutic benefits of nature and the outdoors just steps away from your back door. Having this kind of space also presents the perfect backdrop to host intimate group gatherings or parties.

Here are some tips for creating a backyard oasis:




Lighting is an important factor to consider as it enhances the aesthetic appeal and creates the mood and ambiance of a living space. The right lighting creates a safe and comfortable environment besides adding style to the overall décor. If you are hoping to create a warm and relaxing look, consider incorporating lanterns and candles. If your space will be dedicated to hosting friends and events often, consider using fun features like outdoor string lights or bright LED’s.



Filling your oasis with trees, shrubs, and plants adds serious curb appeal and character to your oasis. It’s also one of the best ways to combat climate change. Whether it’s a small orchid or a large tree, plants have the ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Who doesn’t want cleaner air to breathe? For those who live in tight quarters, plants can also be used to add and provide privacy. Smaller plants like succulents can be used to add beautiful touches to the overall ambiance. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb – faux plants can be an effective, low maintenance alternative.


Special Touches

Consider adding a focal point to the space for you and your guests to gather around and enjoy each other’s company. This could be as simple as an outdoor table that can also be used to set food on or play games around. You could also add a water feature for entertainment or create a cozy atmosphere for conversation with a fireplace or bonfire pit.



Don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun adding decorations – this is your space! Since you will be the one spending the most time in it, be sure to personalize it with things that you love. Adding all the little touches that bring you joy is what will make this truly feel like a backyard oasis. Start by choosing some of your favorite colors to incorporate, and your space can continue to evolve as you add your favorite things.


While trips and vacations are always nice, home is where we spend the majority of our time. It’s important to have an area at home that is always available to us for relaxation and recharging. Creating this kind of space doesn’t have to be difficult – especially when following the steps above.