At Outdoor Creations we’ve done a fair few modern garden designs. Typically these involve crisp, straight lines, as well as changes in levels. Something that many struggle with however, is finding the right furnishings for these gardens.
Some may choose to create a contrast in their garden between old and new, this could include using classic styled furniture mixed with a modern garden. Classic furniture normally uses very intricate patterns which can really compliment the more basic lines, colours, and shapes that are featured in a modern garden.
While modern with a traditional twist can work really well, it doesn’t suit every garden.
In some gardens nothing will go better with modern styling than modern furniture. Just like modern gardens, modern furniture will use sharp geometry, often looking blocky and rectangular. These pieces can be used to compliment the lines of the garden. A popular choice is the garden sofa. These will fit nicely on a paved area or even on grass.
In some cases neither of the previous options will work. Something with more detail is needed to create more variety of colours in the garden, however traditional furniture simply isn’t suited. This is when rustic furniture might be used.
The term rustic can cover a huge range of furnishings, from shabby chic pieces to rough pallet wood creations.
So, how do I choose a style for my garden? It can be hard to work out the ideal look for your garden but there are a few ways that you can get an idea for what works.
Try out different furnishings. Possibly the simplest way to experiment with what works in your garden is to physically place things in your garden. Borrow bits from friends or take a bit of a plunge and buy cheap items to try out.
Magazine cuttings. It’s an old fashioned technique, but it works. If you find a furnishing you like in a magazine, paper, or even online, roughly cut it out and hold it up or against a window to see how it might look in your garden. This can help you to get a feel for the right shapes, as well as colours.
Photo manipulation. The more technological among you may choose to edit furniture photos into images of your garden. If done properly this can give you a really accurate idea of how something would look in your garden.