11 Backyard Makeover Ideas to Upgrade Your Space

by Drew Henry

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to trade nights bundled around the fireplace for evenings spent relaxing on the patio. But is your outdoor space ready for the season? Whether you have a blank slate, an overgrown jungle, or an existing outdoor oasis you’re looking to improve further, the LiLi Tile Team is here to help you upgrade your space with some inspiration. Here are our 11 backyard makeover ideas to turn your yard into the ultimate hangout zone. 

Whether you choose just one or all 11 backyard makeover ideas, your outdoor space will shine.

1. Tile Your Patio

While slabs are a practical patio surface, they’re not particularly stylish. Tiling your patio with cement tiles is an excellent way to bring color and pattern to your backyard without sacrificing durability. Cement tiles can be installed outdoors and indoors because of their construction. Using your favorite design for interiors and exteriors will help connect the two spaces for the ultimate indoor-outdoor living experience. 


2. Build a Pergola 

If your backyard doesn’t have a clear space for gathering, consider building a pergola. This will create a focal point and provide shade, giving you and your guests a defined spot for lounging and dining. Add panels of fabric or climbing vines to a pergola for extra style and cool shade. 


3. Plant New Flower Beds 

Your flower beds probably need a refresh after the winter freeze. New flowers add instant color and vibrancy to your backyard and can be completed in one short weekend. Consider pulling design inspiration from the flowers you choose, using the color palette in patio tiles, furniture, and accessories. 


4. Install a Water Feature 

If you want to create a backyard space that induces relaxation, consider installing a water feature. Nothing says “zen vibes” like the sound of peacefully flowing water. When building a water feature, you must select materials approved for use around water lines. Our LiLi glaze tiles are approved for use in pools, bathrooms, kitchens, and fountains! 


5. Construct a Privacy Wall 

Take a dose of inspiration from Mediterranean villas, and construct a privacy wall to create your own secluded courtyard retreat. Privacy walls are a great option when your backyard views are less than ideal or if you need a little more separation from the neighbors. Choose a vibrant wall tile pattern to add interest and create a backdrop to your backyard oasis. 


6. Add an Outdoor Shower 

Outdoor showers are both practical and relaxing. These backyard additions are great when you need to rinse off from swimming, working out, or gardening. However, if you design a stylish outdoor shower, you may want to ditch your indoor shower altogether. Choose a private space near the house or off an existing bathroom. Outfit your outdoor shower with a luxurious shower head, stylish cement tiles, and plantings to create a spa-like retreat in your own backyard. 


7. Lay a Pathway

Laying a pathway through your garden creates an opportunity for you and your guests to stroll through your flower beds or simply get from the house to the patio without tracking in mud. Use stone or cement tile pavers to build your pathway. Remember, adding curves to the path creates a more peaceful, meandering feel. Life is about the journey, after all! 


8. Hang Twinkle Lights 

Café or twinkle lights strung above your patio or in your backyard trees add a bit of whimsy and magic to your space. They are the perfect addition to your yard whether you are having a party or a romantic al fresco dinner for two. 


9. Create an Outdoor Kitchen 

Level up your grilling game with a decked-out outdoor kitchen. Place your outdoor kitchen close to your house, but ensure the space is well-ventilated. Close proximity to the main kitchen allows for easier prep when it comes to stocking ingredients. Outfit your outdoor kitchen space with a grill, sink, mini fridge, and even a kegerator to cook up the best burgers on the block. Finish the design with a cement tile backsplash to tie it all together. 


10. Upgrade Your Patio Furniture 

If you really want to spend your summer days outside, then you should upgrade your patio furniture. Old metal or plastic furniture can be uncomfortable. Instead, opt for pieces with plush cushions so you can curl up for a few hours. 


11. Design a She-shed

Our friend and DIY pro, Rachel Metz, recently built her own she-shed and tiny home. While this is an adventurous project for the DIY novice, she created her own tutorial to help first-timers get through the process step-by-step. A she-shed is the perfect addition to maximize your backyard space. Use it for a craft room, home office, or quiet lounge zone away from the rest of the house. Upgrade your she-shed with luxurious finishes, like plush furniture, a media center, artwork, and a durable cement tile floor.  


Become a Backyard Baller

Any one of our backyard makeover ideas is sure to transform your yard into the coolest summer hangout spot on the block. Whichever project you choose, remember to plan ahead, coordinate your colors, and have fun. 

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