It seems that many people are spending a great deal of time enjoying outdoor living areas such as sunrooms, patios, outdoor kitchens etc. This usually means they are decorating these spaces as they would their interior rooms with comfortable furniture, beautiful and durable fabrics and artwork. Sadly, yard art can become a real problem if care is not taken to choose wisely. Is this really how you want your front yard to look?
We are all probably familiar with that house in the neighborhood that sports the lovely pink flamingo standing proudly near a fountain, probably surrounded by lots of friendly little garden signs and the dreaded gnome greeting you at the door. If you like this look, I say display it proudly and ignore what your neighbors say. However, if you are looking for something a bit more sophisticated and tasteful here are some tips that will help you find just the right yard art to accent your home.
A tasteful St. Frances statue tucked into the garden is nice.
- Choose your signs wisely. A simple welcome rock in the garden may be enough. A sign on the gate, another hanging on the door and a third planted in the bushes may be a bit of overkill.
- Tucking a little suprise under the tree or in the flowerbed can be delightful. However, a resin bunny family in one corner along with a friendly raccoon peeking out of another corner and a smiling snail creeping along the flowerbed planted with stakes of miniature flowers and butterflies really takes away the element of surprise. Instead, consider a small critter in the garden or a funny frog near the water feature that will truly surprise the eye as you enjoy your yard.
- A custom house number sign, beautiful flowers in ceramic pots, a unique doorbell cover, even your outdoor lights can be considered yard art and will enhance the beauty of your home as well as make a personal statement.
While art is a personal preference and what some people think is beautiful, others will not, remember that the outside of your house is the first impression people have of your home and you want that impression to be a positive one. Am I the only one who is creeped out by those little gnomes?
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