There’s nothing nicer at this time of the year than sitting in the garden. Whether it’s just for a quick cup of coffee in the morning, a pre-dinner drink, or a long lazy Sunday afternoon doze it’s great to feel the sun on the skin and to feel closer to nature. So hopefully your own little space outside is somewhere you feel happy and contented and proud to show off to your friends. If not, read on, because we have some simple and do-able ideas to make small gardens feel great.
1. Paint the walls white. If you have a very small garden or patio this can make a huge difference to the feel of the space. White will intensify any available light and bounce it around creating an almost Mediterranean feel.
2. Use mirrors. It might sound daft to use a mirror outside but it has the effect of giving the illusion of more space. The wide mirror in the image above literally doubles the size of the garden and blurs the boundaries.
3. Get rid of the lawn. Let’s face it, lawns take a lot of maintenance to keep looking nice and during the wetter months they are completely useless. Replace the lawn with paving and larger flowerbeds and you will have a nice place to sit all year round with the added bonus it will be a magnet for birds and wildlife.
4. Create a pleasant seating area. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and you can often use things you already have without buying new expensive garden furniture. Bench seats can be made more comfortable with squashy cushions and an old palette looks great as a coffee table.
5. Plant vertically. In some gardens the wall space takes up more surface area than the floor and it makes sense to use this with some hanging pots and climbers trained up a frame. It also looks very pretty!
6. Plant a tree. Just because you are short on space it doesn’t mean you can’t have big ideas. There are many trees that can be planted in pots and sheltered spots also mean you can grow species that might not otherwise survive.
This post was written in partnership with Homify, an independent platform for architecture, interior design, interior decorating and construction. Homify connects the end user and professionals across the United Kingdom and is a great source of inspiration.