Your home should be your sanctuary… but sometimes it’s hard to find your personal zen in your family space. The kids may have taken over your favorite spot in the den. Or, maybe your husband has turned your master suite sitting room into his mini man cave. Dependent on the number of spare rooms in your home, creating a zen outdoor space may be just what you need.

When creating a haven for ourselves we often don’t consider non-traditional areas like outdoor spaces. Maybe your sanctuary is already right in front of you. Turning your backyard into a place of tranquility and serenity could be just the oasis you’re looking for. 

tips for creating your backyard home sanctuary


If you plan on spending a lot of time in the space, take the time to think about what will make it feel most comfortable for you. If your backyard is visible by the neighbors consider installing screen around the seating area for privacy. Purchase an outdoor sectional over uncomfortable metal chairs. Consider hanging a few hammocks for lazy relaxing seating.  Or if you avoid the outdoors because of the heat, maybe it means adding a sunshade or outdoor umbrella to shade you from the sun.

Remember, when it comes to furnishing the space, you always want to choose comfort. You can always spruce up a space with accessories but it should be comfortable above all.


One of the top benefits of personalizing your outdoor space is the ability to entertain. Sure, you’re creating a space just for you but why not also design out a spot that’s perfect for having over girlfriends or even enjoying brunch with your husband. Regardless of your space, working a table into the design gives you a place to enjoy your morning latte or a late night glass of wine!


Get a little creative with the different elements that you implement into the space. If your outdoor space or your garden is large enough for a walkway, don’t settle for boring concrete. Consider a stone walkway to add some non-traditional flare and to personalize the space. 

Tip: If you want a crisp minimalistic look, white stones come in many different styles, such as stepping stones. But be careful as some rock designs are made from chalk and will erode away naturally over time.

Water features

Water features create a peaceful environment. Consider adding a fountain or a koi pond. Some people really enjoy having a live pond with real fish in it. The scales of these fishes glimmer in the sunlight. Taking care of them is quite easy as well. 

If this is something that interests you, take a look at this website. Keep in mind that Koi fish can be purchased at most local pet stores or even online (not completely sure how that works). 

Tip: If you are thinking of adding a koi pond to your outdoor oasis, be mindful that you may be introducing a far-east flare to the space. 

The most important thing to remember is that it’s the small personal touches you add to a space that makes it your own. The colorful throw or decorative pillow you put on the outdoor swing or the rug, those personal touches are what make the space complete. Examine your space to decide which personal touches you’d like to add.

Tip: If you rent your home, you may feel that your creativity is stifled by the rules and regulations of your landlord. Lean more on furniture pieces and accessories to make your space pop.