While some may overlook outdoor design, the yard is the perfect place to continue to showcase your personal style, create a lush oasis, family-geared hangout, or even foster a green thumb. Even the smallest of spaces can be spruced up with a simple trellis, natural stone walkway, creative handmade pavers, and more.
Looking for an easy way to give your yard a fresh look? We've rounded up 15 stepping stone ideas that can work for anyone on any budget and timeline.
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Make a Path to the Playhouse
This family-friendly backyard from Emily Henderson uses stepping stones for a clear path to the playhouse. A well-manicured lawn, swing set, and navy fence make it a whimsical escape.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Line It With Trees
Trees, foliage, and flowers are a great addition to any walkway. This yard from Calimia Home in El Portal, Florida, adds a tropical feel to this historic bungalow.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Use Local Stone
Blogger Jackie Hempel of Finding Lovely worked with Terrascapes Landscape Design on her backyard oasis, which consists of a stone patio and walkways built from local quartz. Now, she and her family can enjoy plenty of time outside.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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This landscaped front yard from California-based Brophy Interiors includes a matching patio, fire pit, and comfortable seating. Effective outdoor design doesn't have to be complex.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Natural stone makes this minimalist yard peaceful. Paired with cacti and other low-water plants, it's a low-maintenance design with big impact. If you live in a naturally arid area, look to xeriscaping for an easy landscape design.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Canadian lansccape designer Melanie Rekola's Instagram page, @ladylandscape, should be a go-to resource for anyone going through a backyard makeover. In this yard, which includes multiple water features, she cleverly kept the pathway going for ease of access.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Make It Meander
This outdoor space from award-winning Dig Your Garden Landscape Design was set-up for multiple conversation points. A meandering stone walkway, orange tree, and sunny facade make it a cheerful spot to spend the afternoon. Designer tip: Built varying walkways in your yard.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Switch Up Sizing
Stone pavers don't only have to be used in the backyard. This entry walkway from Pure Salt Interiors uses mismatched stone with slight color variation for subtle yet thoughtful curb appeal. Get this look at home by pairing a variety of stone hues and sizes.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Stone pathways naturally define spaces, take this circular outdoor space with fenced-in garden, central tree, and curated shrubbery for instance. Merge your home, patio, and garden through walking paths.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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A Sunken Conversation Pit
Conversation pits are popular for good reason. This natural stone pit, Adirondack-style patio chairs and cozy fireplace are a great formula to design a backyard meant for entertaining.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Create a Place for Outdoor Dining
There's nothing like dining al fresco, especially in the summer months. Amplify your backyard with an outdoor dining table, chairs, and a stone walkway.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Light Up the Path
A hot tub, custom bench, Corten Steel, built-in barbecue, and string lights have made this San Francisco backyard quite the spot to hangout. Keep things organized with easy-to-walk-on stone pavers.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Fill in the Gaps
A historic New Jersey home was given a backyard makeover resulting in many intimate gathering spaces. The once-empty yard now has limestone, local greenery, pea gravel, a trampoline, and outdoor dining.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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A Place to Nap
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to have large trees to safely install a hammock. This Scandinavian-inspired yard (think minimalist decor and a quiet color scheme) features a hammock tied to the adjacent fence. Hanging a hammock can be done in as little as 10 minutes and is a sure way to add interest your space.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Create a Rustic Entryway
A rock pathway is an inviting way to amp up your front yard. Including stepping stones in this space, which has lush greenery, trees, and an ivy-covered facade, is a no-brainer.