Tips for Landscaping, Decorating, & Making Your New Arizona House Feel Like Home

A large covered patio overlooks a grassy backyard and a blue sky

Congratulations on your new home in Arizona! Whether you’re just unpacking boxes or looking to put a personal touch on your space, turning a house into a home is an exciting process. With the unique desert environment of Arizona, both landscaping and interior decorating offer wonderful opportunities to blend functionality with style. Here are some practical tips to help you beautify your backyard and interior spaces, ensuring they not only look great but also feel welcoming and comfortable.

Exterior Landscaping Tips: Embrace the Desert Charm

1. Go Native with Your Plant Choices: Opt for native desert plants like succulents, agaves, and cacti that thrive in the dry climate. These plants require minimal water and maintenance, making them perfect for a vibrant, hassle-free garden.

2. Create a Rock Garden: Since your front yard comes landscaped with rock features when you buy a Scott Communities home, why not extend that to the back? Rock gardens are stylish and water-efficient. You can add a splash of color with desert flowers or decorative boulders to create a more dynamic setting.

3. Build an Outdoor Living Area: Consider adding a patio or deck to extend your living space outdoors. Furnish it with durable, weather-resistant furniture, a fire pit for chilly evenings, and some shade structures like pergolas or umbrellas to escape the midday sun.

4. Add Lighting for Evening Appeal: Landscaping lights can illuminate walkways, highlight garden features, and enhance safety. Wired-in lighting is the most effective, but solar-powered lights are also a good option if you’re on a budget or want flexible options. Solar powered lights charge during the day and light up automatically at dusk, providing a charming ambiance without increasing your energy bill.

Interior Decorating Tips: Create Your Oasis

1. Choose Reflective, Light Colors: To keep your home cool and airy, paint your walls in light colors which reflect rather than absorb heat. Shades of white, beige, or light gray are timeless and  make spaces feel bigger and lighter.

2. Incorporate Textures: Add depth and interest to your rooms with a variety of textures. Think woven rugs, knitted throws, and rustic wood furniture. If that’s not your style, you can still mix up your textures, try using metals, glass, and velvet accents.

3. Decorate with Desert-Inspired Art and Accessories: Celebrate the beauty of the Arizona landscape with local art that features desert scenes, native plants, or wildlife. These touches can make your space feel connected to its surroundings. You can find unique desert-inspired pieces online on sites like Etsy, but don’t forget to explore local farmers markets and craft fairs to find unique pieces from local artists.

4. Furniture with Function and Style: Select furniture that offers both style and storage so you can keep your home looking uncluttered. Smart storage solutions are always beneficial, but when you have a desert landscape inside, coming home to a very busy home can make it feel more frantic and cluttered than cozy. A cleaner look often works well here in the desert, but don’t forget to make your home yours!

Wrapping It Up: Make It Your Own

Your new house is a blank canvas, and with these tips, you can transform it into a home that not only stands out but also provides comfort and functionality tailored to the Arizona lifestyle. Whether you choose to create a serene backyard retreat or a cool, welcoming interior, your home can be a true reflection of your personal style.

Discover Your Dream Home with Scott Communities

Feeling inspired but don’t yet have your dream home to decorate? We invite you to visit and explore the possibilities our communities offer. See for yourself how Scott Communities can be the perfect place to build your dream home—both inside and out. Click here to learn more about our available homes and the vibrant communities waiting for you in Arizona.

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