Grand designs for small spaces

Re-create indoor home comforts outside!

When you think of dining alfresco and a tranquil contemporary stylish outdoor living, does your garden immediately spring to mind? 

With a little bit of inspiration and imagination you can create grand designs for a small space – something the whole family can enjoy and share.  By simply extending your indoor style outside, you can make your garden a place you want to hang out in – all summer long.

 IMAGE CREDIT - HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

IMAGE CREDIT - HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

Rake, weed and feed

First things first, it is vital to devote some time and energy into the basics before you embark on this exciting transformation.  A general tidy up, addressing anything that might require mending or replacing is a good start.  Then, rake, weed and feed your lawn, later turning your attention to power washing your paths and patio spaces.

You should now have the perfect blank canvas in order to let your creative juices flow.  It may be a small space but don’t let this stop you!  Think big, be brave and adventurous and you might just surprise yourself.

New lease of life 

Instead of settling for your average fence life paint for your garden timber, why not check out the fabulous collection of ronseal garden paints and cuprinol “garden shades” collection available from your local Woodies DIY store www.woodiesdiy.com.  Don’t stop with your shed and fencing; consider reviving old chairs or plant pots with some contrasting colour.

Instantly increase your garden size and appeal with a large outdoor garden mirror.  You might even consider painting the mirror frame for a quirky twist. For some interesting options, check out your nearest Avoca store.

There is nothing more calming and cooling on a hot summer’s day than the gentle sound of flowing water.  If young children tend not to frequent your garden an innovative pond can be an exciting addition.  You could create a rockery with suitable plants and stones and recommended pond plants and even some fish.

If you are struggling for ideas, the perfect place to go is BLOOM in the park 2017 (on this weekend)!  Here you will see the latest in garden trends and innovation along with the opportunity to snap up some bargain plants and shrubs which will add a welcome burst of colour to your new garden haven.

If you can afford to splash out on some new garden furniture, go for it!   Otherwise, see if you can rejuvenate your existing.   Re-create the warmth and comfort of your indoors by adding complimentary cushions and comfy throws to your outside furniture.

Colourful plant pots

Rather than using your typical plant pots try and find some useful gems in your local antique or charity shop, that when filled with vibrant seasonal bedding or lush new plants will create an eye-catching feature.  For example, perhaps an old watering can or work boot or even a farm trough!  To create a simple and useful garden, consider a raised herb garden.

Let there be light

We always emphasise the importance of indoor lighting in terms of functionality and for setting the ambience and mood.  Why should outside be any different?  Look at providing lighting at various levels, so consider placing some lighting down low in between your plants, which will create interesting shapes and shadows and then some wall lighting.  If you have any large plants or a tree, some solar fairy lighting will work wonders. 

Draw out those long summer evenings with statement coloured lanterns, hanging bottle tea light holders or flickering candle light in decorative lanterns.

You may remember when patio heaters were all the rage but when the sun dips, you might prefer to cosy up beside an atmospheric fire pit creating 360° heat.  You won’t want to leave it!

Big fun in small spaces

Colourful bunting will add a lovely touch to any summer outdoor space, we absolutely love a local Wicklow bunting business www.beautifulbunting.ie.  You can simply choose a desired colour theme to work with your space. 

Now that you know that big fun can be had in small spaces let’s not forget the children.  Make it a mobile device free zone (for the children) at least!  Creative fun with their own planting area, a fairy garden, outside blackboard, pop-up tents, bubble machines, bouncy hoppers, trampolines, swing ball, paddling pool, waterslides, and sprayers to name a few!

To make the most of this summer, you had better get moving - enjoy!

For all things home improvement, get in touch with Placelift on 01-2548070