Whether you want a quiet place to sit and enjoy the outdoors or you simply want to create a focal point in your backyard, a garden grotto seating area can make a beautiful addition to your property. Use the following ideas to create your stunning backyard retreat.
Stone pavers create the perfect flooring for your grotto seating area. Choose stone products with natural shapes to add extra interest to space, and situate them so there is just a hint of grass peeking out in between the stones. Arrange the pavers in a circular shape, and place additional pavers leading from the seating area to your home to create a walkway.
To create the grotto look, you'll want to add a backdrop to the seating area. A stone wall brings this natural look to your backyard. You can hire a contractor to install the stones along the edge or corner of your yard for this purpose. Consider building the wall to match the height of your backyard fence, and have your contractor install lighting on the wall so you can illuminate the area at night. If possible, have the stones staggered to create natural shelves along the wall. These shelves can be used to hold candles, flowers, or other decorative items.
In addition to carefully selected stone products, lush greenery can give your garden grotto its beautiful, natural look. Use planters with stands of varying heights to surround the seating area, and plant colorful flowers around the edges of the stone paver area to give the space a natural border. If your yard already has a tall tree near the edge or corner, consider building your garden grotto next to it so the tree can provide cooling shade.
For an antique feel in your seating area, choose wrought iron chairs and a matching table. Add plush cushions to provide added comfort, and consider adding a matching garden bench to complete the area. If you want a rustic look, opt for wood furniture and cushions in muted hues. A bistro set is perfect for a small grotto seating area, while an outdoor sofa sectional and matching table set is perfect for a spacious area.
Visit your local nursery or home goods store for more inspiration as you plan your garden grotto project, and look for unique decorative items to complete this look. Antique-style birdcages filled with flowers or stone birdbaths can add unique finishing touches. You can also add a waterfall or fountain to the area for a calming trickle of water that adds to the grotto feel in the area.