Backyard Tiki Ideas

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Backyard Tiki Ideas
Turn your backyard into a tropical retreat for parties or relaxing. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Turn your backyard into a tropical retreat when you decorate it in a tiki theme. In Polynesian culture, the word "tiki" is associated with religion and is Polynesians' name for the first man. Americans have redefined the word to mean Polynesian-style, tropical decor, such as bamboo furnishings, thatched roofs and tribal masks. Tiki style is festive and ideal for parties yet also casual and relaxing.

Bamboo Fencing

Give your yard the ideal tiki backdrop with rolled bamboo fencing. This type of fencing attaches with wire or zip-ties to your existing fence, making it fairly easy and inexpensive to install. Bamboo fencing provides a tropical backdrop while screening out unwanted views of your neighbours' yards.

Tiki Bar and Tiki Hut

Set up a tiki bar or a tiki hut. If you have the room and the budget, set up both. They are similar in appearance, with bamboo walls and thatched straw roofs. As the name implies, a tiki bar is a spot to mix and enjoy drinks. A tiki hut can be used as a shade cabana, party spot or towel and pool toy storage.

Bamboo Furniture

Although you may not find it in stores, bamboo patio furniture is easily found for sale online. From patio table sets and lounger's bar stools to shelving, the look of bamboo is tropical and definitely says "tiki." Bamboo patio furniture often has a rustic, handmade look that helps you achieve your goal of a casual, relaxing getaway.

Tropical Landscaping

When landscaping your backyard, use palm trees, banana trees. elephant ears, tropical flowers such as hibiscus, and blooming vines such as bougainvillea and mandevilla. Lush and green with plenty of flowers is your goal. Frost will kill tropical plants though, so unless you live in a tropical climate, you must bring them in for the winter or let them die when it freezes outside.


Small touches can make a big difference. Finish off your gorgeous new backyard with tiki torches, tribal masks, potted tropical plants, bamboo screens, totem poles and thatched-roof umbrellas. If you're hosting a party, bring out tropical-themed barware and serveware, such as beverage glasses that resemble coconuts or tiki masks. Hawaiian or Polynesian music is the finishing touch.

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