You’ve spent so much time, energy, and money turning your home into the warm, rustic setting you want to experience every day. Don’t you want to feel that same country charm when you’re enjoying a nice evening in your backyard?
It’s easier than you think to carry your rustic style from your home out into your yard. It’s all about making individual changes and updates that coordinate together to form the look you want.
Need some inspiration? Check out these exciting rustic backyard ideas.
1. Distressed Wood Fencing
A wooden fence is a classic look, and according to the specialists at Butte Fence, you can customize it however you want. That means for a country look, you can choose distressed fencing.
Manufacturers use different techniques like scraping to give wood a distressed texture, and the right paint can add to the look. You may also be able to use reclaimed wood for your fence so you get the same distressed look with the bonus of giving old wood a new life.
2. Matching Shed
A shed is useful for any backyard as a place to store gardening equipment, lawnmowers, and other outdoor items. It can also be a design piece.
Consider building a shed that matches your home’s style so it looks like a mini version of your home. That type of quaint charm is perfect for any country home. Or, you could give your shed more of a farmhouse look than your home has.
Depending on the size of your yard and the items you want to store, you could build multiple sheds in the same matching style. Don’t forget to put the finishing touches on the outside of them, like window boxes for flowers and even their own landscaping.
3. Stylized Pergola
If you aren’t familiar, a pergola is a simple wood structure in your backyard. It has four corner posts for support and the “roof” is a series of wood beams with plenty of open space between them.
A pergola is an inexpensive way to define a social space in your backyard. You can place furniture under it and decorate the pergola with vines, fabrics, and other ornaments to give it a country chic look.
4. Farmhouse Picnic Table
There’s something relaxing about enjoying a picnic with your family in your own backyard. A picnic table lets you do that without the hassle of a blanket that keeps trying to blow away.
For some extra style, choose a picnic table with a flower box inlaid in the center. You can also match the wood of your picnic table to the wood on your fence or shed. This makes the picnic table both a useful place for afternoons with the family and an addition to your rustic style.
5. Private Shelter House
We’ve all spent time in the shade of a shelter house while visiting local parks and natural settings. Why not have one in your own backyard?
If you enjoy entertaining, build a shelter house just like those you’d see at a park, with gable roofs and open-air sides. Add a long picnic table that extends lengthwise through the middle of the shelter house. It’s the perfect setting for an outdoor dinner party.
6. Furnished Fire Ring
Fire rings or fire pits are popular outdoor features for homes of all sizes and styles because no one can deny the lure of a warm fire on a cool fall night. Rather than a simple fire ring with space for lawn chairs, turn bonfire space into an entire outdoor room.
Build a platform with pavers around your fire pit. Surround the pit with a set of outdoor furniture or, better yet, create custom furniture like a curved sofa around the pit. Make sure you use materials that are safe to be near a fire but still have that country look you love.
7. Charming Garden Arbor
An arbor is a wooden structure that’s similar to a pergola. It’s usually smaller, though, often with trellises along the sides and it serves as a gateway to another area of your yard.
An arbor is a perfect way to define different spaces of your outdoor area. For example, you could have a furnished entertainment space or outdoor kitchen just outside your back door. Then you could have a garden toward the back of your backyard, and the right arbor can establish the entrance to that garden.
There are plenty of ways to style your arbor so it has a rustic look while matching the furniture, fence, and other elements of your yard. Don’t forget to grow vines along the trellises for a true country feel.
8. Outdoor Brick Cooking Appliances
Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular as a way to make better use of outdoor spaces. If that’s the next step in your backyard renovation, construct yours with a rustic style in mind.
One way to do that is with brick cooking appliances. For instance, install a brick oven for wood-fired pizzas or build a brick grill pit. This gives you a place to entertain guests with all your favorite home-cooked dishes while contributing to a warm country atmosphere. Alternatively, you can install a modular outdoor kitchen that’s pre-built from RTA Outdoor Living. If you build the brick oven, you can simply add an outdoor kitchen island to give you plenty of space for food and a working area away from the heat of the fire.
9. Garden Stroll
A robust garden is a great way to enjoy a healthy hobby while creating a beautiful atmosphere in your backyard. Some people even treat their gardens as a soothing and quiet place to take a relaxing stroll. If you want that same advantage, try building a pathway through your garden.
There are plenty of ways to do this in a rustic style. You can construct a wooden path or a walkway with pavers or bricks. Find the material that best fits with your garden’s look.
Whatever you choose, make sure the walkway is curvy, winding through your garden. You could even add a rustic bench or a water feature alongside the path to complete the look.
10. Custom Birdhouse
Birdwatching is a common hobby, and it’s even better if you can attract beautiful birds to your own home. As any birdwatcher knows, the key is often to have a birdhouse that appeals to the bird breeds you want to attract.
Depending on the birds in your area, try a birdhouse that’s built to match your own rustic farmhouse. It’s a quaint touch that brings more nature to your property while accentuating your country style. If you’re on a tighter budget or if you don’t want the birdhouse to match your house, there are plenty of pre-made birdhouses you can buy or you can try a DIY farmhouse birdhouse.
11. Decorative Metal Pieces
When people think of a rustic look, they often think of wood. The right metals can be just as charming, though, especially in your backyard.
Try rusty metal pieces like an old metal wagon. Galvanized metal buckets are also popular fixtures in farm-style backyards, as are wrought-iron items.
You can use these pieces in a wide range of ways. For instance, those galvanized metal buckets make great decorative flower pots. You can also place smaller flowerpots inside the metal wagon.
The best part of this design choice is that it’s easy to find pieces on the cheap. Estate sales and garage sales are terrific places to find old farm equipment and used items that you can repurpose in your backyard.
12. Old-Fashioned Work Station
If you enjoy woodworking or metalworking, your workstation could double as a decorative area of your backyard. Set up your sawhorses, worktable, and other basic items in a designated area of the yard. Not only does this give you a special space for your hobby but it contributes to the rustic atmosphere you want.
Of course, use your discretion regarding what equipment you’re comfortable leaving outside. Lock up any valuable or weather-sensitive items in your shed or garage.
13. Upcycled Furniture
Furniture that is “upcycled” usually includes old or used items you’ve reworked as an entirely new item. If you’re doing this with farm equipment and similar country objects, that upcycled furniture is the perfect fit for your rustic backyard.
For example, remember those galvanized metal buckets we mentioned? Flip them upside-down and add a cushion to turn them into stools. If you find large wooden spools from tubing, rope, cabling, other similar products, you can also turn them into tables, footstools, or chairs depending on their size.
The only limit is your creativity. Thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales can be great places to find treasures that are ready to be repurposed.
Rustic Backyard Ideas for Your Outdoor Space
Your backyard is part of your home, so you should enjoy designing and using it just as much as any room in your home. If you’re a fan of a country style, these rustic backyard ideas could be the inspiration you need for your redesign.
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