Your beach house is your sanctuary and as the coast comes alive again after winter’s slumber, reconnecting with nature from your home can be a relaxing treat. When thinking about your garden patio design, there are many stylistic approaches to consider from rustic to modern, and everything in between. No matter the style, however, all of the best garden patio designs feature similar basic elements that are best used as building blocks when it comes time to put together your outside living space.
Take a peek at some garden patio basics to help get you going.
Garden Patio Design Basics
Every great garden patio design must have excellent lighting. This is where far too many people fail in their outdoor design. Just because your home or cottage comes with certain outdoor lighting does not mean you should box yourself in with it. Light and shade are vital elements of your garden. Lighting can produce either a natural or artificial color of light. Typically for a garden patio you want to take advantage of a natural appearance, but it does come down to your personal taste. Lighting around siding, walkways and in conjunction with plants and flowers helps to give off a beautiful, dramatic effect.
Pro Tip: Consider a chandelier installation on your garden patio for a touch of whimsy.
Variety in Vegetation
Variety should be the name of the game in your garden patio. Layering in different elements of greenery such as shrubs, trees, flowering bushes, and plant helps bring in additional texture, break up the lighting into interesting patterns and gives you a more unique appearance.
Your variety of vegetation should not only help differ the texture and maybe bring in color into the mix but consider height as well. Plants of small, medium and tall builds can dramatically increase your outdoor garden potential (not to mention taller vegetation can serve as both fencing and sound buffers).
Pro Tip: Any surface can serve as the base for your plants! With creative planning, lattices, overhead beams, even walls can serve as the backbone of your vegetation.
Your garden patio design should have strong form. Even whimsical gardens are elevated with a well-defined form. This helps prevent the landscaping from looking sloppy and the rounded edges and sharp lines become far more pronounced. You can still have ivy running up wooden beams in your garden patio, just keep the ivy trimmed and neat. The idea of garden form is to bring a sense of balance to your garden space – too free flow and it may feel like a jungle.
Accents and Contrast
There are different ways you can accent your garden patio and add contrast. This can be done with certain plants or decorative accents. Make areas pop with bright throw pillows and rugs against the browns and greens of your plant life. These accent points help bring your patio to life. Here are a few ideas.
With these basics in place, garden patio design can be a cinch! Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy what nature has to offer, while creating a space to relax at your cottage home.
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