Create an Outdoor Room for Your Home
The outdoor room should contain all the elements of an indoor room: Floors, walls and ceiling.
Design Principles to Create Interest and Drama
Floors can be a deck, concrete or brick pavers, stepping stones, compacted gravel or even grass. Soften up the hard surfaces with a rug.
Evergreens, shrubs, a fence or trellis define the boundary or walls of the outdoor room. Vertical elements can be used to frame your view, leading your eye to a focal point in the garden. Likewise, they can also obscure an unwanted view, like the back of a neighbor’s garage, and add privacy. These vertical elements also make a small space feel larger by drawing your eye up, emphasizing the height. They can also make a large space feel more intimate by interrupting your line of sight. Whether you wish to frame a focal point, screen a view or create a sense of seclusion, incorporating these design principles into your plan will help you achieve your goals and create interest and drama.
Overhead structures such as a pergola, arbor or the canopy of trees become the ceiling.
Select the Right Furniture
Once the room is defined, select the right furniture for the room’s function: Dining, entertaining or just relaxing. You might even need a combination of all three types, depending on how you’ll use the space.
Finally, be sure to accessorize. Add container gardens filled with plants and flowers. Consider a fountain for the relaxing sound of water. Add a statue, candles or torches, or even bird houses or feeders to attract wildlife.
The Perfect Outdoor Space
Whatever your style, English Gardens stores carry a complete selection of outdoor furniture and accessories for your perfect outdoor space. Or let our professional landscape designers create your outdoor room, from design to installation.