40 Breathtaking Backyard Ideas – Outdoor Space Design Inspiration

modern white house with pool

Nicole Hollis Studio

As much as I love to get cozy in the living room and lounge around in bed, a backyard is the true sanctuary—especially if it’s prepped with all the right backyard bells and whistles. Indeed, your outdoor space can just as inviting, comfortable, and stylish as your interiors, but it also offers fresh air and nature. So it’s the best of both worlds. From manicured landscapes to stately patios and paradise-status pools, get ready for some al fresco bliss with these 40 backyard ideas to help you get yours in shape for summer. And make sure you bookmark your favorites so you can bring them to life at home.

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Reflect the Home’s Architecture

Whether you’re starting a project from the ground up or you’re adding in a swimming pool to your backyard, make sure it’s consistent with the style of

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Home Decorating Trends 2020 – House Beautiful Next Wave Designer Trends

Read McKendree

The 2010s are coming to an end, so stash the succulents and farmhouse decor—it’s time to usher in a new decade of design. To find out just what that’ll look like, we asked our House Beautiful Next Wave designers to tell us what trends they’re ready to embrace in 2020, from bold hues and hand-crafted accents to throwback details and classical motifs.

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Over-the-Top Window Treatments

Grab your chintz balloon shades—the ’80s are back. Or at least the preference for ornate window treatments are. “We’re doing a lot more fancy curtains than in the past,” says Jared Hughes, who is a fan of cornices and decorative lambrequins (like the ones he used this sitting room). “It’s a great look in neutrals or solids to give you an interesting feel and pairs well with more clean-lined pieces.”

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Home Silks Hampton

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