Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds
The garden is a venue that is consecrated to relaxation. However, in order to properly enjoy the outdoors, your garden's layout and decoration need to be coordinated and have a style, such as romantic or ethnic. Have you already determined the spot where your garden furniture will go? Now it's time to build your little corner of paradise, brick by brick.
- Garden style
What style do you want for your garden?
The starting point for your garden's decor is none other than the choice of outdoor furniture.
In the feature role, the garden dining set is the centerpiece your unique garden around which you can then add accessories and secondary decorative elements.
3 styles of gardens for you to copy
For a classic attic look, focus on metal and wood. Instead of a table, consider for example of a metal desk piece. For a short coffee table, why not use re-furbished pallets? Your ability to spot recycled treasure will lead you to great find at your local flea market. Taking this idea a bit further, an old fire extinguisher can suddenly be transformed into a flowerpot, breathing whole new life in any decor.
Want an exotic atmosphere? Accentuate your garden with exotic wood, with the use of teak garden furniture, for example. You can also vary you choice of different green plants (palm, bamboo, hibiscus). Add shade sails and accessories composed of precious wood or mother-of-pearl. To further stay true to the theme, don't hesitate to invest in multicolored mosaic candle holders!
You want a garden with modern decor ? There are a variety of modern garden dining sets available, in plastic or imitation wicker. Most of the time they come with plain pillows of a very neutral color. You can tweak this by adding a mix of small pillows with an origami, diamond or wax pattern.
Garden dining sets
Garden landscaping: nature's will or smartly groomed?
There are so many options are available to you to create the perfect garden. It really all depends on you. Are you more urban or rural?
Do you enjoy the feeling of grass when you get up from the sun lounger or is feeling the hot wood under the sun a better fit? Before selecting any garden furniture, you should determine what type of ground is going to go underneath the furniture.
- Terrace composed of slabs or stones.
Nothing is set in stone. If you fancy turning a corner of your garden into a summer living room by laying duckboard or feel like moving a chair or two under the big lindon tree, let yourself be guided by your instincts!
Be bold and grow your own garden decor
Let's talk mosaiculture!
Using a variety flowers, you can create a unique flower bed composed of all your favorite colors. Running alongside a path or on an elevated platform, you can test different flower types and colors to create patterns and simple or complex shapes (lines, waves, circles, etc.).
The over-the-top factor: Make sure that the flower petal's color matches with the garden furniture and the pillows.
A Japanese garden, what do you say?
A very beautiful solution, a Japanese garden can easily be achieved with only a few elements:
- A cherry tree, plum or maple tree from Japan with its distinct star-shaped leaves;
- White and black pebbles;
- Large asymmetric paving stones to create a path.
Flowers yes, but with minimum maintenance
Flower pots are of course always invited to the garden party. Don't dismiss very colorful and XXL pots. In 2017, even the basic plastic pots are considered chic.
Do you require a separation between the dining area and the rest of the garden? Rather than working with heavy wooden panels, consider growing a hedge, composed of pink and white laurel or Japanese dogwood.
How to make the most of space in your garden?
To construct and furnish a garden lounge area without having to sacrifice on the decor, you just need to make the most of the available space! By making smart outdoor landscaping choices, you will eventually enjoy a clear, quiet garden no matter what is going on. It will be somewhere that allows you to simply breathe.
In order to save space on the ground level, you can choose to use folding or stackable furniture. If the table is normally occupied by 4 people, perhaps you have 2 extra stools stacked in a corner. An example would be a tubular metal stool, which is both comfortable and takes up less space than a large unoccupied chair.
The idea of having a small, lowfolding table rather than a larger piece is also interesting. Having this option makes it possible to have a reduced surface area, or to simply make it easier to move around.
Here's a tip for saving space in the garden lounge: a garden chest can easily replace two chairs. On top of being comfortable, it will also provide storage and protect any pillows during the off season or in rainy weather.
Who's ready to decorate their garden?
To obtain the absolute perfect equipment for your dream garden, follow the links below for accessories, advice from our editors and more helpful guides:
- How to choose your garden furniture?
- How to choose your garden dining set?
- How to choose your pots and planters?
- How to choose the right species of hedge plant?
- How to choose your grating or deck boards?
- How to choose your lawn?
- How to choose your lawnmower?
- How to choose your trimmer?
- How to choose your high pressure cleaner?
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Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds, 89 guides
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends. I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish. I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.