Ideas for purveyors of fine things or eclectic objects
Spring is officially here and your outdoor spaces may be yearning for a pick-me-up. Soon your perennials will be blooming, outdoor furniture will be back in place, and planting or shopping for annuals will be on your to-do list. So, what can possibly make the outside more lively? How about art! When hearing the word ‘art,' the first thought that probably comes to minds is paintings. While it is true that there is such a thing as outdoor paintings, there are limitless options that may be overlooked as artistic elements fit for the outdoors. Find out how you can transform boring into breathtaking.
Curate a Garden Gallery
Aiming to mimic the walls at The Louvre? There will definitely be departure from the grandeur of those galleries, but there are ways that paintings can be incorporated into your spaces without fear of damage by the elements. Search for paintings that are digitally printed on aluminum composite or other materials, treated with a UV protective finish and waterproofed. Have a cement wall within your space? Hire an artist to paint a personalized mural to create a fantastic backdrop that will last for years. If you have a life room or other structure that is not completely outdoors, there will be more flexibility on what can be hung.
It’s for The Birds
Bring some birds to the yard with bird feeders. Nowadays you will get so much more than a square wood box with a hole. From copper to bird-shaped, mesh to miniature versions of your own house. Using a bird feeder is a great way to attract wildlife and liven up your yard.
Create a Planter Paradise
Planters: not just a vessel to contain precious plants. Planters are crafted from an assortment of materials in various designs, heights, and shapes. Use them to introduce color and populate empty space everywhere from decks to patios.
Don’t Ignore The Signs
Painted wood signage always looks appealing, but it lacks longevity. If you go with this option, be sure to install in a covered environment with limited sun or rain exposure as these tend to discolor, fade, warp or mold the item. It may be best to go in the metal direction to ensure a long lifespan. There are many choices of material and messages that merge with your personal taste and offer appealing pops of color. Built for whimsy, comic relief, or beauty; signage can invite people in and just provide an overall sense of fun.
More Than Just Garden Gnomes
Considered a tradition in ancient cultures, garden statues are still a spectacular source of personality. It can be as simple as a giant sphere or decorative pedestal to something more elaborate like animals or figures. Whether it be antique or modern, ceramic or brass, edgy or opulent, any form of statuary or sculpture will add unique dimension to your outdoor space.
Practical and Pleasing
Clocks and thermometers are both useful and eye-catching, depending on what they are made from and how they are designed. Besides getting the time and temperature from yard decor, giving your feet a rest can be made possible in an aesthetic way as well. Some may think a bench is just a bench, but if sculpted, painted, or structured in a certain style, it can certainly be a versatile outdoor ornament.
Add a Bit of Water Wow
Fountains can transform an area into a tranquil haven of beauty. Whether sculpted by an artist or constructed from nature (stones and plants), they can be a desirable focal feature and source of calming white noise. You can also install a fountain fit for the birds. Birdbaths can be gorgeous decorations that invite avian neighbors to bathe and congregate. This would be a great artistic element for avid bird watchers or wildlife lovers.
If you are searching for sources of inspiration, visit an art museum or outdoor gardens, or a local flower and yard center. You’ll be able to find an array of options at every price point. Remember that this is likely going to be an ongoing project and that is okay! We wish you all the best on getting your exterior decorating project off (or should we say on) the ground.