It seems like we don’t really get much chance to spend time in the garden in this country, which is why you should invest in your outdoor space. Creating your garden into something useable all year round is a great way to add what is essentially an extra room to your house, be more sociable, get some fresh air and relax.
More and more people are putting time and money into their gardens to ensure they can maximise the time they spend outdoors, so we’ve put together 5 garden design trends you should look out for in 2016. Why not give your outside space a new lease of life in the new year?
1.Merging Outdoors with Indoors
Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home and you’ll start thinking of all sorts of ways you can extend the indoors outwards. If you consider your lifestyle and how you want to use the space, you’ll find it easier to think about what you’re going to need in terms of shelter, furniture and possibly other features such as water fountains or fire pits. Perhaps you’d like a secluded sanctuary where you can escape everyday life and relax. Or maybe you want an area where you can be sociable and hold gatherings of friends? 2016 is going to be all about extending your home outdoors and creating those areas you want most in life.
This year you will see a lot of mixed materials in garden design, adding different textures and atmospheres to the space. Wood mixed with stainless steel, iron with wicker; the contrasts will bring something a bit different and embrace new trends that haven’t been explored before, transforming your garden into something unrecognisable…but in a good way!
3.Natural Look Garden Furniture
This has been around a couple of years now, but the trend is still holding strong. Natural look furniture brings a cool and fresh Mediterranean feel, and the muted colours allow you to experiment with colour elsewhere. Be it through your choice of plants or through the cushions and accessories you add to the design, don’t be afraid to add colours and patterns to your garden area that you might not necessarily see anywhere else in the home.
Unusual driveways are becoming more and more popular, with people wanting to invest their money in something more people will see. An interesting driveway at the front of your house will be seen and appreciated by many more people, compared to those that visit your home and sit in your garden out the back. Ribbon driveways and unusual eye-catching paving are trends to consider for your own driveway this year.
Leading on from driveways, if you’re lucky enough to have a front garden as well as a back, or if your only garden is the one out the front of your house, then you could take advantage of this trend. More and more people and making the front appearance of their homes more exciting and attractive, creating talking points with the neighbours and giving inspiration to those who are just passing. Having curb appeal can only be a good thing. Beautifully tended lawns, neat and tidy flowerbeds bursting with colour, water fountains; the possibilities for transforming this space are endless.
What trend will you choose?