With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to make the most of your outdoor space. Whether you have a small balcony or a large garden, there are many ways to create an inviting and versatile outdoor space that you can enjoy all season long.
Before you start, it's important to define the area you will be working with. Consider how you want to use the space and create zones for different uses, such as dining, lounging, and entertaining.
We often experience that clients find this easier to do when thinking of your garden and spaces within it as the extension of your home and as ‘outdoor rooms’. You can use flooring, furniture, outdoor rugs, and planting to define each zone but keep a connection across the space as a whole.
Connecting your inside and outside space is another consideration when designing your garden. One effective way to achieve this is by seamlessly extending the flooring from the inside to the outside.
For example, many tile ranges come with an exterior grade option which can be perfect to achieve this look. This design choice not only creates a visual impact but also blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, bringing the outside in and extending your living space.
If you are considering a more extensive landscaping project, look at different finishes to help define different areas. In our Cow Barn project, the pool area, outdoor kitchen and rear terrace each have a different floor finish which helps to create a different feel to each space but define each zone too.
Furniture is key to the success of any outdoor space. Comfortable seating is ideal for creating a space that you can use from the afternoon into the evening and enjoy long summer nights.
Choose furniture that is durable and weather resistant so that it lasts for more than one season. Consider adding outdoor cushions and pillows to add colour and texture to your space.
Multi-functional furniture is a great way to make the most of your space. Consider using a coffee table with built-in storage for cushions and throws, a bench that doubles as a planter, or a table that can be used for dining or entertaining. This has been successfully done in our latest project here.
Adding lighting can create a cosy and warm atmosphere for hosting in the summer evenings. Consider adding string lights, lanterns, or solar-powered lights to your garden or balcony. This will not only add ambience but also make the space usable in the evening. Consider low-level lighting for paths and steps.
Of course, adding plants to your outside space is a no-brainer, it adds life and colour to any garden. Choose plants that are suited to the environment, for example, the amount of sun or shade in your space.
Consider adding hanging baskets, potted plants, and climbers to add height variation and interest to your planting scheme. Don’t forget that herbs are a great pot choice as they are useful in the kitchen but also have lovely scents and flowers!
Privacy is important when it comes to outdoor living. If you live in an urban environment or have close neighbours, consider adding a living screen to your boundary. If you don’t have the depth for a full hedge, try climbers on a trellis to give a softer visual that can also provide a habitat for wildlife.
Creating a well-thought-out outdoor space does take planning, however, once it is complete you will reap the benefits all season long and for years to come. Remember to define each space, consider your seating choice, incorporate plants and lighting, and don’t forget to add a pop of colour!
If you’re considering a landscaping project, or looking for assistance with your garden design, please get in touch with us at email@example.com