Outdoor Elements That Will Make Your Home Feel More Natural

Pergola in a yard with flowers and plants growing on it

Do you have an appreciation for the beauty of nature and wish you could take it home with you? There are several outdoor elements you can incorporate into your yard and garden to transform it into a natural oasis and a place where you can relax. Your options are truly endless in this regard, but check out these three ideas below to get started.


A pergola is an outdoor yard structure that is used as a covered seating area or walkway. It is made up of four or more posts and a lattice roof, making it popular for training woody vines. The result is a vine-covered garden feature that is functional, enchanting and a natural beauty. You can also simply hang some plants, or it may be used as a standalone feature if the material looks very natural. There are many pergola ideas out there to inspire you to truly perfect your vision.

Wooden Fences

Fencing can make or break the flow of a natural-looking home. Chain-link fencing can look too industrial, and even the nicest vinyl fencing will have an artificial look. Wood fencing has the benefit of being made of a natural material, so it is your best bet in completing the look of your home. You’ll want to learn how to properly maintain your wooden fence to keep it functional and looking as natural as possible, but one of the best ways to keep your fence looking good is by giving it a regular hose-down with a pressure washer.

Water Feature

Adding a water feature to your front or backyard is a great natural element for your home. Fountains are very natural-looking, and they have the unique benefit of adding movement to your garden. Help the environment with style by getting creative with watershed projects: you can dig a beautifully curved stream to shed water into the nearest ditch. The stream can be decorated with stones and plants for an extra natural look (and natural maintenance). The same is true for ponds, which you can make into any size and shape you want to help catch rain.

Now that you have a few ideas to get started, your yard and garden is truly your oyster. All of these projects are highly customizable to fit your needs and tastes. Also, the opportunity to help the environment is a great reason to take on some of these projects. Most importantly, they’re a great way to get friends and family together to create something amazing!