It may be chilly and dark outside, but before we know it, spring will be here, and we’ll be looking forward to spending lazy days in the garden. If you’re looking to carry out a mini makeover, or you’re hoping to inject some serious style into your outdoor space, here’s a handy guide to make your backyard look the business.
One incredible idea for backyards calling out for a bit of TLC and a sprinkling of design magic is creating different zones. If you have children, or you like to enjoy different activities in your garden, this is a brilliant way of making the space more versatile and adding aesthetic interest at the same time. Using different materials, for example, decking, gravel, turf and patio stones, you can section off areas for playing, reading and chilling out, growing plants and vegetables and entertaining. Figure out how you want to use your garden first, and then sketch out some layout ideas. You can choose materials based on the function of each section and the style of your home. For traditional homes, for example, wooden decking and rustic stonework well. For modern houses, you could look at the gravel and decorative concrete paving slabs. Once you’ve got the ground covered, you can turn your attention to adding accessories to give each area an identity. Add floor cushions, lanterns and blankets to your chill-out zone and a dining table and chairs, patio heaters and LED candles to your entertaining space.
We all love getting out into the garden when the sun is shining and it’s warm outside, but what about when it’s cold and gray? If you’d like to be able to reap the rewards of having a beautiful garden all year-round, adding a covered area is an excellent idea. You can soak up the sunshine and take shade if you get too hot in the summer, and you can enjoy the fresh air without getting chilly or wet in the winter. There are various options to choose from, including awnings, covered patios and pergolas, and summer houses and garden rooms. If you are interested in this option, contact a patio cover company, get an idea of what kinds of styles and structures are available and figure out how much you want to spend. If you work from home, or you enjoy entertaining, investing in a new outdoor space could make all the difference, especially if you’re short on space indoors.
Lighting and finishing touches
If you’re looking to spruce up your backyard in time for spring, it’s advisable to consider adding accessories and details and to utilize outdoor lighting to enable you to use the space throughout the year. Popular accessories for the garden include weatherproof soft furnishings, planters, and ornaments. Lighting options range from imposing lanterns and cool, industrial string lights with oversized bulbs and exposed filaments to romantic fairy lights and functional up-lighters. Match the finishing touches and lighting to the look of the garden and think about the kind of feel and ambiance you want to create. Low-level lighting and string lights teamed with sofa sets adorned with blankets and cushions are ideal for cozy spaces.
If you’re hoping to transform your garden or spruce up your outdoor space in the coming weeks, hopefully, this guide has provided some inspiration.