Your Backyard Design Style Finder

What's your perfect backyard design style? Browse these beautiful designer examples for ideas and inspiration.

visual and sensory backyard oasis

Design Style: Eclectic

Go eclectic with unexpected twists and unique details. This water feature wall by Morgan Holt gets an attractive, ethereal glow from an underwater light hidden in the basin and the stacked glass edge. Photograph by Rick Brazil.

Backyard Brick Arbor

Design Style: Arts and Crafts Movement

Sometimes a striking structure makes all the difference. This courtyard by Katrina Leonidov Fairchild features an arbor in the style made famous by notable Arts and Crafts architects Greene & Greene.

Outdoor Asian-Themed Area

Design Style: Asian

Designer Jamie Durie's Japanese-style garden features nods to tradition with a tatami room and sunken dining area. Paper lanterns are another pretty, Asian accent. Photography by Jason Busch.

Painted Rug on Deck

Design Style: Contemporary

Backyard design isn't all about landscaping. You can dress up your deck, too! This contemporary look from designer Brian Patrick Flynn gets its fresh vibe from smooth lines and bold pops of color against neutrals.

Bright and Airy Flower Garden Photo by jndesign

Design Style: Cottage

Interior cottage style is all about florals, so it's no wonder that the look translates well outdoors, as this garden by RMSer jndesign proves. The botanical palette (dusty lilac and shades of green accented by pops of yellow and fuchsia) and quaint, picket-topped privacy fence are quintessential cottage touches.

hidden terrace creates private setting

Design Style: English Country

If you don't like prying eyes, take a cue from this classic English walled garden by Robert Hursthouse. The layout offers privacy and seclusion, along with beautiful hidden terraces.

Design Style: Mediterranean

Evoke the feel of a warm, gentle climate with Mediterranean details. The textured walls, graceful arches and hand-painted tiles in this space by Jamie Durie are hallmarks of the style.

terrace and entry have southwestern design

Design Style: Southwestern

The earth-toned palette, rustic fireplace and potted cacti lend this dining patio by Mitch Kalamian some Southwestern flair. And if you're looking to capture the same mood in your backyard, sometimes it pays to go straight to the source: The Canterra stone for this space was imported from Mexico.

Tropical Landscaping With Gazebo

Design Style: Tropical

Sun-seeking palms and oversized planters filled with blooms turn this space, designed by Chad Robert, into a tropical hideaway. Walking down the slate pathway to the crystal-blue pool feels like being transported to a five-star resort.

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