patio lighting

PATIO LIGHTING IDEAS FOR YOUR BACKYARD

Patio Lighting is one of the easiest ways  homeowners can  subtly but effectively create atmosphere in the backyard. With a combination of ambience and convenience lighting can set the mood for a variety of effects, party, romance, cheer, celebration, relaxation.

There are many options for lighting: LED lights, string lights, chandeliers, accent lights, lanterns etc. With these options you can literally set the scene for any type of mood.

Here are some lighting ideas to impress your guests and add to your backyard paradise.

ENTERTAINING FRIENDS

Bright lights can set a cheery mood and encourage energy. People don’t like to sit in bright, direct light, however, so lighting should reflect on points of interest. For example, around the perimeter of a deck or patio, to accent a plant or an interesting design element in your backyard.

Textures can also be emphasized with light—light reflecting off crystal or metal surfaces can add sparkle.  Shadows cast along walkways by direct bright light is another effective technique for creating visual interest.

Use of color in lighting can also be effective, but careful no to overdo. Warm tones like yellows, oranges and reds increase joy and good spirits.

ROMANTIC

A relaxed and intimate feeling can be achieved by dim lighting and subdued colors. Warm, soft light is more flattering to faces and less is more…and a few choice lighting accents on tables can enhance the mood.  Keeping the light sources low and hidden adds to the allure. Candles and lanterns are perfect for achieving this effect.

WELCOMING The entrance-way to  your backyard is a great opportunity to welcome guests and set a good first impression while introducing the tone of the event. Lighting can serve the dual purpose of transitioning guests from the bright daylight into dusk and accenting conversation pieces or points of interest.  At night it shouldn’t be so bright that guests are startled by the contrast when transitioning from inside to out and back in from the dark.

People are naturally attracted to illuminated areas, so use light to your advantage as you lead guests through your backyard. Show off gardens and design, if you want your guests to stay on a specific path or seating area ensure that it’s well lit and that other paths are not.

CREATIVE BACKYARD LIGHTING SCENES 
Electronic and solar features of lighting options can create multiple customized lighting effects.  Going from party lighting to a romantic dinner is as easy as a press of a button. Creating effects is easy these days with the help of solar power and electronic controls.

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Indoor Fountains

Indoor fountainsIndoor fountains create that feeling of calm and peace after a long hard day on the job.  Come home to the sound of trickling water and serenity with a tabletop indoor fountain.

Indoor Fountains

The perfect addition to your decor, we offer a style to suit anyone’s taste.  Feel free to have a look at our pinterest inspirations and email for more info otherwise we offer free shipping on some models.

We love to make our shoppers happy and to see Before and After pictures of your landscaping projects so feel free to email us snapshots of your yards and we can post them as inspiration for others who are looking to add Indoor Fountains into the decorating projects.  We love to see our products at work in your homes and gardens so post to our Facebook page too.

 

Garden Fountains

Garden FountainsIn addition to bees and butterflies, the only other thing you need is a garden fountain! Picture it there, nestled among the wild flowers lending itself to the sights and sounds of nature that bring that feeling of peace and calm to your afternoons in the backyard sun.

Garden Fountains

We have all types of garden fountains for you to browse through so have a look and send us an email if you have any questions about our garden fountains.

 

Come over and check out our garden fountains inspiration page on Pinterest.  We love to share inspirational ideas from your fellow shoppers so come and like us on Facebook and we can start collaborating on your project together!

Outdoor Fountains

Outdoor fountainsWe have outdoor fountains that that you can add to a patio or deck to blend with the natural landscape.  Our outdoor fountains make a great addition to the yard and can add that special touch to your backyard project.

Outdoor Fountains

After checking out the outdoor fountains in DIY projects you might find it easier to buy one from us and then incorporate it into a scene that you have created.  We offer free shipping with a minimum purchase.  Feel free to browse around and have a look at our backyard makeover ideas.  And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!

Water Fountains

Water FountainsWater Fountains are an amazing focal point for your backyard landscape.  Turn your yard into a paradise that you can escape to and listen to the sounds of your water fountain trickling along with the chirping birds.  We offer all the water fountain accessories as well at affordable prices and free shipping with a minimum order.  Get your water fountain today!

Water Fountains

We have some ideas that you might love over here for adding water fountains into your landscape design.  Check out all of our project ideas and like us on Facebook.  We love to hear from our shoppers with before and after pictures of the projects that we helped to create so drop us a line!

Fountain

buy fountain onlineFountain shopping? Looking for a specific style  to transform your backyard into a serene oasis?  We love the relaxing sound of water trickling and adding a fountain to your landscape changes the whole tone into one of natural and peaceful serenity.

Fountain

We have several different styles of fountain to choose from.  We also offer free shipping on the fountain with a minimum purchase order.  It could not be easier to order online and have your products delivered directly to your backyard.  We have put together some creative ideas for incorporating a fountain into your decor. Check out these backyard ideas.  And follow us on Twitter!

 

There are a lot of ways that you can add a natural touch to your backyard without making it seem over the top or gaudy…unless you love that palatial look of Versailles and want that sort of theme for every day use.  We have a lot of simple and elegant styles that can act as a focal point to your backyard theme.

Backyard Decorations

If you are looking to buy backyard decorations to make a paradise that you can escape to right in your own backyard look no further! Fountainshopandmore has a full store of cool backyard decorations that will transform your bare uninviting backyard into an oasis of serenity. Make a playland for the kids and a sanctuary for the adults or a party place for the teens. Amazing things are happening the world of firepits these days and you just have to look no further than Pinterest to find fabulous ideas for backyard projects.

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Meditate in Your Own Backyard Zen Garden

Meditation = contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering, consideration,reflection, deliberation, rumination, reverie, relaxing

Meditation is to the mind is as exercise to the body and like exercise there are various forms to target specific areas and mental skills.

It is not easy for a person to sit for hours on end and think of nothing or empty their mind, but there are some tips to ease into the practice.

Concentration meditation

This technique involves focus on a single point for example your breathing.  Take a breath, repeat a mantra, focus on the flame of a candle, listen to a repetitive sound or count something repetitively. Single focusing the mind is a challenge and you might try starting for a shorter, fixed period of time and then work up to longer periods.

If you feel your mind wandering refocus your awareness on the object.  Rather than allowing random thoughts to overtake you, let them go and in so doing improve your concentration.

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness encourages the user to observe their thoughts as they float through the brain, the intention being to be aware of them but not to engage them or judge them. Through this experience you can see the patterns that your thoughts and feelings tend to move in and as you become more aware of your tendency to see each thought as pleasant or unpleasant, good or bad you can develop an inner balance and avoid that tendency.

The practice of both of these methods involves stillness.   Other techniques include the cultivation of compassion or  seeing negative events and refocusing them in a positive light.

The objective of meditation is to achieve the relaxation response, a response that causes a reduction in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

 

Short-term benefits to the nervous system:

  • slowed respiratory rate
  • less anxiety
  • lower cortisol levels
  • feeling of well-being
  • less stress
  • deeper relaxation
  • lowered blood pressure
  • improved circulation
  • lower heart rate
  • less perspiration

Research also shows positive effects on brain and immune function among meditators. It also provides a feeling of liberation from attachment to things we can’t control, like external circumstances or strong internal emotions.  It also frees us from needlessly follows desires or clinging  to experiences and produces calmness of mind and a sense of inner balance. meditation area

1.  Set up an area that inspires and relaxes you.

2.  Sit or lie comfortably in the space.

3. Close your eyes.

4. Breathe naturally.  Do not try to control the breath.

5. Observe how your body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Sense the movement of your body.  Feel your shoulders, chest, ribs, belly. If your mind wanders turn your attention back to your breath. Try to do this for 2–3 minutes to start and continue for a little longer each time.

 

 

Relax in an Authentic Mayan Hammock

Relax in an Authentic Mayan Hammock

 

The ingenious design of handmade Mayan hammocks, including their strong, soft cotton & nylon weave, makes them the most amazingly comfortable outdoor hammocks in the world. Available in several different sizes and rich, beautiful colors.

With weaving techniques dating back to the early 15th century, native artisans handcraft pure cotton and high-tech nylon into incredible hammocks of unrivaled quality. Each Mayan hammock has more than two miles of quality cord and can take an experienced weaver up to 90 hours to complete. Soft to the touch, they are incredibly strong! Some can support more than 800 pounds. The end strings are made of nylon thread for extra strength and durability. For nearly 500 years, Mayan Indians have used hammocks as beds.

 

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Why spend all that money on a vacation when you can invest in your own backyard and turn it into an oasis of relaxation.  Mayan Hammocks are a blissful way to spend a breeezy summer day.  Imagine yourself kicking back with a glass of lemonade and a goodbook.  There are various weaves and sizes for our Mayan hammocks.  Check out our full collection of hammocks.

Outdoor Classics Fire Pits

Outdoor Classics Fire Pits

As fire pits grow in popularity they are also growing in the tremendous selection out there! Here at Fountainshopandmore.com we are continually adding to our stock fire pit and fireside tool selection. You will find a full selection of wood burning fire pits, fire pit screens, fire pit grates, covers and more, all at affordable prices.

We feature our Outdoor Classics line if fire pits and you will find our most popular styles in this brand. Outdoor Classics fire pits feature quality construction at great prices. Many of these fire pits include protective covers and some include grates and pokers as well.