Spring is upon us and with it comes the joyous prospect of outdoor fun. Whether you’re looking to completely overhaul your backyard ideas or make some seasonal tweaks in preparation, here are some of the things you should consider.
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1. Make the most of space
First, consider the size of the backyard you are working with. A small urban patio will require a different approach than a mansion on a sprawling estate.
A smaller backyard can look very sleek and clean when paved with a limestone tile.
Incorporate much-needed greenery in the form of a topiary or a creeper climbing a trellis. A clever way to create the illusion of space here is to install a mirror behind the trellis.
For larger gardens, we recommend creating areas for sitting, eating, planting and cooking. Outdoor floor tiles or raised garden beds can work well to help divide the space.
2. Improve indoor-outdoor flow
The garden should be seen as part of the home, and design decisions made with this in mind result in an outdoor space that blends seamlessly into the interior.
Crittall or bi-fold doors are a great way to remove the barrier between these spaces, allowing an abundance of nature and springtime daylight into the home.
Choose your outdoor furniture and finishes based on the colors and textures used for your interior. For example, limestone tiles used on the patio can flow into the adjoining kitchen or mudroom, creating a sense of continuity and connection.
3. Choose attractive furniture that lasts
When entertaining guests in the garden, a good dining area is essential. Unless you want to update your outdoor furniture every few years, we recommend opting for a timeless design made from natural materials. A solid wood table with rattan chairs is perfect for a city or country garden, large or small.
Inject design fun with colorful and patterned seat cushions and throws, and update them to match your interior theme as it changes. For spring, it can be soft yellows, pinks and greens.