Having a gorgeous outdoor space to relax in after a long week can work wonders for your well-being. You can turn your garden into a relaxing, hidden sanctuary to enjoy year-round, and it’s not as hard as you might think. If your garden is lacking inspiration then follow our top ten tips on how to make the most of your outdoor space. We have included options that are totally free, as well as some luxury recommendations to totally transform your garden.
First things first, if you want to make the most of your outdoor space then you need to get creative with it. There are endless possibilities with gardens of all shapes and sizes. Even if you are working with a small balcony, you can still make the most of your outdoor space. Here’s how:
Set your garden goals
The first step to making the most of your garden is to set your garden goals. The perfect garden will look different to each person, so consider what it is that you what to achieve from your outdoor space. For example, do you want the garden to be child and/or pet friendly? Do you want it to be a gardener’s haven or would you prefer one that requires as little upkeep as possible?
To be realistic with your garden goals, consider how much time you can commit to maintenance. Lots of plants, grass and vegetables will require a lot of your time. Is this something you can commit to? If not, choose a garden style that will better suit your lifestyle.
Add some lighting
Lighting can totally transform an outdoor space. You could try solar lights, lanterns or even fairy lights. Outdoor lights don’t have to be expensive, but they can really make a difference to the look and feel of your garden.
Take note of the sun
Whether you are wanting to plant your garden up or do nothing but relax in it, take note of where and when you get the sun. This will determine the type of plants that will thrive and where to create your seating, eating, and relaxing area.
Add some colour
You can really make your garden ‘pop’ by adding splashes of colour with garden furniture or ornaments. Incorporating large oversized plant pots or statement cushions can add lots of character to a garden. Take inspiration from places like Pinterest, find your style and get creative with brightening up your outdoor space.
Of course, the best way to add some colour to your garden is with a variety of plants and flowers. If you’re not naturally green-fingered but would like to start planting your garden up, head to your local garden centre and speak with the experts who will be able to advise you. They can suggest the best plants and flowers for your lifestyle and garden, as well as how to properly care for them so they last as long as possible.
Make your garden low maintenance
Unless you absolutely love gardening, we recommend making your outdoor space as low maintenance as possible. Patioed areas with potted plants mean you can spend more time enjoying your garden and less time weeding it. If you can’t commit to regular mowing and watering of your grass, perhaps artificial grass is the best choice for you.
Add some shade
It is essential to add some shade to your garden with our lovely but harsh Western Australian sun. A louvre roof will most definitely transform your outdoor space and allow you to make the most of it year round, whatever the weather. With its remote-controlled opening and closing panels, a Louvre roof gives you the option to enjoy the sun or block it out creating a lovely shaded area.
Get your garden organized
Organizing your garden is a simple yet very effective way to make the most of your outdoor space. Creating a designated place for everything will help you to keep your outdoor space tidy and free from clutter. Outdoor storage boxes are a great way to keep your garden organised, and can also create additional seating.
Create a seating area
You can’t truly relax in your garden without creating a comfortable seating area. This could be anything from a simple bench with a few scatter cushions to an outdoor day bed. If you’re short on space consider getting comfortable deck chairs or bean bags that can be put away when you’re using your garden to other activities, such as dining and entertaining.
Create different areas in your garden
If you have a large outdoor space then why not create different areas for different activities? You could have a seating area for relaxing or reading a book, a dining area for entertaining and even a play area for the kids. By breaking up the space, you’ll make each section feel cosier and inviting. You could separate each area with platters, stepping stones or decking. It’s also a great way to add some personality to your garden with different styling in each area.
Add some water
Whether it’s a pond or a water feature, adding water to your garden will create a tranquil and relaxing space. Research shows that there are many benefits of being near ‘blue spaces’. Whilst studies are generally referring to the ocean, rivers and waterfalls etc, we definitely find having the subtle sound of running water somewhere in the garden helps us to relax.
As you can see, there are lots of ways that you can make the most of your outdoor space. With a little creativity and effort, you can easily turn your backyard into a retreat everyone will be talking about.
If you are interested in making the ultimate transformation and installing a louvre roof, our experienced team will discuss your needs, assess your property and provide a free no-obligation quote for you to consider. Get in touch with us today to find out more about getting your own louvre roof.