Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Article: Lawn & Garden Decor Makeover

Decorating your lawn and garden space with lawn ornaments can be very enjoyable and rewarding.  However, it may leave beginners overwhelmed or veterans stuck with what they have.  In this article I’m going to share with you ideas you can use to spruce up that space again or start fresh with new lawn ornaments.  In using these tips you’ll have your lawn and garden space looking just the way you want it in no time.

Anything you put in your yard for decorating is considered a lawn ornament.  It doesn’t have to be store-bought or made by somebody else.  You can create your own lawn ornaments by simply checking out your own resources.  So if you think you have it all when it comes to lawn ornaments, the garden statues, stakes, planters, gnomes, flags, the cut-outs of people bent over in the garden, wind chimes, wind spinners, bird houses, feeders and baths, you name it and you are still not satisfied, try finding something lying around the house, garage, barn or other out-building.  For example, an old paint can, tire rim, large milk jug, an old pair of boots, dresser drawers, tractor parts and old farm tools would make perfect lawn ornaments.  They are just collecting dust anyway.  Use your imagination to create something of your own by painting your home-found treasure(s) and using flowers and plants to decorate around it.  I’ve seen lawn ornaments such as old claw-foot bath tubs, bed frames, toilet bowls, toilet seats and the like in a bed of flowers and plants or surrounded by other lawn ornaments.  These can be creations of your own with literally endless possibilities.  Make it a fun activity with your kids.  Let them pick out the special lawn ornament of their choice from your stash and decorate away. 

As stated above, lawn ornaments can be anything and there are many choices of lawn d├ęcor to choose from.  With that said sometimes people tend to go, and I’ll use this term lightly, overboard with lawn ornaments in their yard.  If this is you and you think maybe you have too many lawn ornaments, think again!  It’s perfectly normal, and mind I say very easy, to go overboard with all the cute lawn ornaments out there to choose from.  But if you’d like to change it up a bit try adding more plants and flowers in the mix.  This will even out the lawn ornaments versus nature (plants, flowers, grass and trees) ratio.  I’ve seen beautiful yards with tons of lawn ornaments that are beautifully intertwined with lots of plants and flowers.  What a rich way to decorate your lawn and garden space by mixing lawn ornaments with nature. 

Along with adding flowers and plants to your beautiful yard or garden full of lawn ornaments, adding the right colors will do wonders.  If you have a colorful display of lawn ornaments try adding more green plants or small trees to the area.  You can also incorporate one or two different color flowers.  This will settle the color-tone down a bit and give it an even blend of lawn ornaments verses nature.  And vice versa, if you have a garden full of cherubs or angels, try including a colorful display of flowers and plants using garden planters.  Beautiful yellow and red tulips or lilacs would bring those cherubs and angels to life. 

Go ahead and take your kids on a scavenger hunt around the house; you never know what kinds of jumble you’ll find that will make great lawn ornaments.  Your lawn and garden will be looking at its prime when you establish a good lawn ornaments verses nature assortment and determine the right colors to use.  So if your garden and lawn ornaments are screaming for a makeover give it what it needs to create the story or theme you are looking to produce.