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10 Beautiful Outdoor Spaces That Will Make You Rethink Your Current Backyard

Your backyard is brimming with design opportunity—it just takes a little imagination (and inspiration) to make the most of it. "An outdoor space should feel inviting and draw people outside," says landscape architect Keith Williams of Nievera Williams. "No matter what the space is used for, it should feel comfortable and create a sense of destination."

So, how does one go about creating an enticing outdoor area, one that's as restorative as it is transportive? Williams says figuring out the purpose of the space is a great place to start. "When designing an outdoor space, you should not only consider its use, but how the space will function in relation to the interiors of the home," he says. "Natural elements, like exposure to sun and shade or wind are important factors to take into account, as well."

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