August 4, 2016


Use Yard Art to Perk Up Your Outdoor Spaces

For great looks with virtually no maintenance, consider putting in some yard art to give some pizzazz to the outside of your home!  Many of us think about gnomes or pink flamingos when it comes to yard art. And those of us of a certain age might recall when yard art in people’s homes generally consisted of birdbaths and religious statues.

But you can do so much more to reflect your personal style in your yard, with a minimum of effort and upkeep.


Here are some things to think about before installing any art in your yard:

  • Consider whether you want to locate the piece or pieces in the front yard, for all to see, or in the backyard for your family to enjoy, as well as visitors to your home.
  • Do you want one grand “statement” piece, such as a statue, sphere, windmill, or large one-of-a-kind sculpture, or would a series of whimsical smaller pieces better reflect your style?  Or perhaps you want to put the statement piece in the front, and the more informal pieces in the backyard.
  • Think about how your yard art blends with the interior and exterior style of your home.
  • Consider spatial issues. If you have a small outdoor space, keep the pieces smaller.  If you have a huge yard, a giant sculpture would give a spectacular accent to your space.
  • Make sure the piece or pieces do not require a lot of upkeep.  The idea is to add an element of pure enjoyment to your yard, not to create more work for yourself. The pieces should be weather-resistant, unless you have room in your garage or basement to bring them inside during the colder, wetter months. Ideally, you should be able to just hose them off to clean them.


Last, but not least, consider creating a “theme” space in the exterior of your home.  If you are all about your pets, then how about some animal sculptures?  Mosaics can be fun to put together, and are not immediately obvious, creating an element of surprise enjoyment to those who walk about your garden. For DIY yard art, consider creating a funny scarecrow, or decorating an old bicycle or metal watering can.

When it comes to yard art, the possibilities are endless, and limited only by your imagination!

by See Jane Drill, Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved