Whether you’re the proud owner of a large, spacious garden, or you’re struggling to decide what to do with your smaller, somewhat difficult outdoor space, there’s always a few things you can do to make the most of what you have.
In this post, we’ve provided seven of our top tips for making the most of your outdoor space. These ideas can be applied to any garden, large or small, and whether you choose to make use of all of them or a select few, is entirely up to you. Either way, we’re sure these changes and additions to your garden will leave you feeling much happier with the space and you’ll soon be making much more use out of it.
1. Pick a Theme
By choosing an overarching theme for your garden, you’ll have a clearer understanding of what needs to be included within it and what you can do without. This can help to prevent the space feeling cluttered, as well as stopping certain elements from clashing with one another.
Opt for a theme that makes you feel happy and comfortable, as you’re more likely to want to spend time within this type of space. For example, you could choose to use the same style of your home indoors, or you could replicate a memorable place you previously travelled to – you could even base the theme around your family – whatever works best for you.
2. Vary the Landscaping
Whilst one landscaping material might work like a dream for one use, another material might be better for another. To make the most of your outdoor space, it’s best to incorporate different landscaping materials into it, in a way that will allow you to do everything you want to do in the garden.
Need a space for the kids to play? Bark or grass (artificial or real) is a must for this area within your garden. Whereas if you’re also hoping to socialise with friends, then you’ll need a good amount of quality paving to create a spacious entertainment area. The more aesthetic spaces where plants sit within your garden will require decorative aggregates such as gravel or crushed stone, to boost its the overall appearance and to help with drainage, too.
These are just a few examples of how different landscaping materials suit different areas and purposes within the garden, so you can see just how effective a variety of materials can be in helping you to make the most out of your space.
3. Bring the Indoors Outside
This works especially well when designing a contemporary garden. When the outdoor space blends seamlessly with the indoors, you will find it much easier to transition from one to the other. By doing so, you’ll find yourself making much more use out of your garden than you otherwise would.
Try to incorporate your favourite colours and textures from your interior style, into your outdoor space. Whether that’s through the the flooring, the furniture or the decorative additions, it’s entirely up to you. Doing so will make your outdoor space feel more like an additional room in your home, which will encourage you to make more use of it.
Top tip: When choosing these features, always make sure the additions are suitable for the outdoors. For example, you’re bound to be able to find contemporary paving which is similar to what you would use indoors, that’s suitable for outdoor use.
4. Make it Practical
A mixture of both attractiveness and practicality is essential to any outdoor space, however, you’ll want to prioritise the practical elements if you’re hoping to make the most of your garden.
Make it multi use by noting down everything you would need the space for and by prioritising those uses within your landscaping designs. Once you have the practicalities sorted, you’ll be able to add some creative flair in the surrounding areas, by adding in attractive additions to help bring the entire garden together.
Another important consideration to make is how practical your garden is in terms of the varying weather we receive here in the UK. If you are hoping to make the most out of your outdoor space, you will need to invest some time into thinking about how you can weatherproof your garden. Doing so will guarantee that, come rain or shine, there’s always somewhere in your garden that you can enjoy.
5. Make it Comfortable
Comfort plays a crucial role in how often you will spend time in your outdoor space. If the garden feels dull and slightly soulless, you’re naturally going to want to move to a more soothing space. The same can be said for the furniture you use as well. Without comfortable furnishings to sit back and relax on, you’ll soon find yourself retreating indoors to your lovely comfy sofa.
As we mentioned earlier, the theme goes a long way in kickstarting how comfortable your outdoor space is. Follow on from this by choosing a colour scheme that instantly lifts your mood, all before investing in a variety of comfortable furnishings that you could happily spend hours relaxing on. Together, all of this will create a truly comforting garden that you’ll feel at peace within, so much so that you’ll never want to leave.
Top Tip: Warming lights, a fire pit and water features all make great comforting additions to any outdoor space.
6. Add Life to Your Garden
From the wildlife that wanders through your garden to the soft sound of running water and the wind blowing through the trees, creating a lively buzz in your garden is enough to draw you into it.
There’s plenty that you can do to add a bit of life to your garden. Start by choosing plants which are well-known for drawing bees and butterflies to them, then hang a bird feeder or two in the trees to welcome the wild birds. You could also introduce a pond into your outdoor space, where fish and frogs will happily live. If you don’t have enough space for a pond, a water feature will work wonders in creating a peaceful sound that injects some natural life into the space.
7. Don’t Overwhelm the Garden
Last but certainly not least, our final tip would be to avoid overwhelming your garden. It’s easy to get carried away in the excitement of developing your outdoor space, but a cluttered garden is much less likely to draw you into it than one that’s been carefully thought out.
Planning and organising is essential to preventing a cluttered garden. Begin by narrowing down the priorities, before thinking about the occasional decorative addition here and there. You should also try to avoid using too many colours, patterns and styles that could clash.
At the end of the day, your outdoor space should be a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so ensuring that its layout is calm, collected and exactly as you would want it, will make you look forward to a couple of hours in it at the end of the day.
With the help of these useful tips and tricks, you should be able to begin designing and creating a garden that you can’t help but love. What’s more, they will also help you to make the most of the space at times when you never thought you could! If you have any ideas of your own that have helped you to utilise your outdoor space more, please do share them with us.