Throughout the day, we’re exposed to different social situations, which is essential for our well-being. Although humans are social beings by nature, sometimes we all crave solitude and personal space.
Distancing ourselves from the outside world helps us regain balance and form a fresh outlook on life. For that to happen, we need to have a place where we can be alone and be our true selves. To help get you started, we’ve gathered a couple of ideas for turning your courtyard into the ultimate chill-out zone. Take a look.
A chic poolside lounge
If you’re one of those lucky people who have a pool in their courtyard, that could be the perfect spot for setting up your lounge. Even though plastic deck furnishings are an inexpensive way to equip your poolside seating area, it’s better to invest in durable, modern garden furniture for a more sophisticated look. Use a large umbrella to create shade and add pops of colour to make it more lively. Include a couple of sun chairs and get a tea table to place your favourite drinks, books, and sunscreen while you’re soaking up the sun’s rays or swimming in the pool. Sleek, minimalist spaces like these have an airy feel to them, making them the perfect relaxation spots after a long day at work.
A cosy summerhouse
Another way you can spruce up your courtyard is to build a summerhouse. It can be an interesting DIY project if you want something truly unique, but if you aren’t handy, you can purchase one of the ready-made models. Other than being eco-friendly, a summerhouse adds value to your property and can be used year-round, regardless of the weather conditions. During the colder months, cosy it up with homely decor. As circular shapes are known for their ability to smooth the hard edges in every interior, choose a couple of quality round rugs to bring warmth into your very own garden retreat. A cosy place like this is perfect for relaxing and detaching from the outside world, whether it’s through yoga, meditation, or hobbies.
A tropical retreat
If you’re drawn to tropical places, you can easily achieve the same vibe at your courtyard with several additions. Add seating made from dark wood, and make it cosier by including a couple of decorative throw pillows. While a pergola is perfect for covering lounging areas, any shade sails will do – they’re easier to set up, and require less time and money to be installed. A classic hammock will act as the perfect addition to your exotic hideaway – you can attach it to your pergola or use nearby trees to string it up. Once it’s set up, it becomes a comfy nook where you can daydream, unwind with a cup of coffee and dive into the magical world of books. It’s also perfect for midday naps, stargazing, and sleeping under the open sky.
A relaxing patio hangout
Another way to make use of your courtyard is to convert it into a relaxing patio. Add modern swings to create a chill-out zone perfect for family gatherings, and introduce comfortable seating to create a cosy and inviting hangout spot. In the early hours, when there’s minimum noise outside, your relaxing patio can be used as a place for silencing your thoughts through a guided meditation. Lay a comfortable cushion, light a candle, and let your mind awake as the morning birds start chirping and welcoming the new day. Include a couple of plants with interesting foliage to add visual interest to your outdoor space and create a pleasant ambience for unwinding.
A courtyard hideaway
A great way to escape the daily stresses of the outside world, creating a small hideaway place you can be alone is essential in this day and age. Start by devoting a chunk of your courtyard – you can use screens to create privacy or rely on lush plantings to make it feel more secluded and mysterious. If you’ve got pergola, you can string up curtains to protect the area from the harsh sun rays, but also create a sense of privacy in your outdoor space. For larger spaces, add comfortable seating and a coffee table for a perfect conversation area, and for smaller, simply add a daybed under the pergola for the perfect courtyard hideaway.
Sometimes we start to feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks and obligations. A good way of dealing with this is to create a place in your home where you can get some peace and quiet – a place that is reserved only for you and your thoughts. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this, and hopefully, we’ve inspired you with our suggestions. Whichever option you choose, you’re sure to design a space that will help you reconnect with yourself, with nature, and your inner being, fueling yourself with positive energy that will motivate you to be your best self – happy, healthy, and carefree.