Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Guest post by Littlewoods!

How to make the most of your garden space this summer!

When summer time rolls around it’s time to head into the great outdoors and start bringing your garden out of hibernation. Whether you have a country garden or a city balcony, whether you love to throw barbecue parties or simple relax in the sunshine, there are plenty of ways to maximize your outdoor space this summer.

Planning makes perfect: Create a map of your garden to get an idea of the actual size and shape of the area you’re working with. Note down rough measurements and boundaries and also note any areas of shade and sunlight. This will not only help you to plan patio areas, but will also give you an idea of which plants and flowers will thrive where.

Judge size: If you have a small garden, avoid large pieces furniture and instead opt for more compact tables and chairs. Wooden and metal benches are a good option for homes with smaller gardens, whilst padded sun loungers are ideal for most balconies. If you’re lucky enough to have a large outdoor space, consider designing a sitting area at the bottom of the garden with a winding path leading back to the house. If the garden furniture will sit on a decking area, make sure there is enough space for people to access it easily.


Colour theme: A stylish garden or balcony should fit into the overall theme of your home, including both colours and materials. Darker coloured furniture in natural hues can add a contemporary look to an outdoor space, particularly when matched with colourful flowers and weatherproof cushions. If your kitchen leads out to the garden, choose a similar table surface for both your indoor and outdoor areas. Garden furniture oil will help to keep wooden furniture looking great all year round.


Accessorise: Keep your garden or balcony looking fresh with seasonal flowers in decorative pots. Choose a complementary colour palette to your outdoor furniture for a really synchronized look. Mirrors can create more light and space on a small balcony, whilst vertical plants and climbers will give you privacy from nosy neighbours. High-rise flats should look for pretty yet tough potted plants such as the Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’, which can endure harsh wind conditions. An interesting sculpture or water feature is also an easy way to modernise an outdoor space and solar power lights will allow you to enjoy your garden or balcony once the sun sets; without affecting your carbon footprint.
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1 comment:

  1. Ah you wrote this so well! I'd love that hanging chair!

    Love, Elizabeth xx