Many people simply don’t know where to begin when it comes to designing a garden or outside space, but a useful tip is to approach it as you would redesigning a room in your home.
If done well, your outside space should be somewhere you want to spend time in at the end of a busy day or when entertaining friends and family.
You can do this by painting fences or garden walls as you would paint interior walls in a unifying color, using themed decorative items, lighting and even outside heaters.
No matter how much outside space you have to work with, here are eight ways to transform it into a place of relaxation and comfort.
8 Ways to Transform Your Outside Space
1. Use artificial grass
While it’s not to everyone’s taste, artificial grass is a very popular alternative.
It’s great for people who either can’t have natural grass (e.g., balconies on flats or gardens which struggle for sunlight) or for people who don’t have the time to maintain it.
It can instantly create an even and smooth surface for people to enjoy.
2. Include a water feature
Water features are incredibly popular for outside spaces of every size.
They provide not only an attractive focal point in the design, but the sight and sound of running water can be very relaxing.
It also provides birds with a source of fresh water which will encourage them into your space.
If you have the space, you might want to consider including a pond or even a lake. Find out more at Water-garden.co.uk.
3. Privacy planting
Many people living in cities or terraced homes find that they are overlooked by neighbours and struggle for privacy in their outside space. By planting tall plants or vertical growing plants, such as bamboo, you can create a contemporary and stylish space just for your enjoyment.
4. Vertical planting
If you are restricted in terms of floor space, vertical planting and living walls are great ways to maximise your green space. Hanging baskets and wall planters enable you to include flowers and shrubs without taking up precious floor space.
5. Grow a windowsill garden
Even people who don’t have a balcony or patio can bring nature into their homes with a windowsill garden.
Window pots and boxes are ideal for growing small flowers, herbs or even chillies and peppers, which makes them both attractive and functional.
6. Bifold doors
More and more homeowners are choosing to take down the barrier between their inside and outside space by replacing an exterior wall with bifold patio doors.
These ‘doors’ are actually folding panes of glass which maximize natural light and can be folded back like a concertina to remove the barrier and make the inside and outside one space.
7. Create zones
Creating different zones within your outside space can make it appear much bigger, particularly if each zone has a particular purpose and is differentiated with materials, plants, and colors.
8. Use mirrors
Just as you would inside the home, placing mirrors strategically in an outside space can make the area feel much larger, especially if the area is walled.
Here are some more ideas about using mirrors in a garden space.