Using your garden as an extension of your home
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The mild weather in conjunction with some sunshine has an almost magnetic effect on us, drawing us to our gardens like moths to a light bulb.
At this time of year, you can't help but want to enjoy your outdoor setting to such an extent that it becomes a natural extension of your living space.
Making your garden feel like another room in your home is actually really easy to do, and that is what we are going to look at in this post.
Build an extension
The most obvious way of doing is to literally extend your home into the garden. There are various ways that you can do this, from a simple lean-to or conservatory style extension to something a little more grand and larger scale. Obviously, for this, you would need the design skills of professionals such as Scenario Architecture.
If you can’t physically make the space into a dining room, then make it feel like one instead. Make eating outdoors a regular thing, whether summer or winter. In the summer, a traditional picnic on the lawn or a few friends round for a barbecue is a great way of using your outdoor space. In the winter, make up some steaming mugs of hot chocolate and toast marshmallows on an outdoor fire pit to keep warm and cosy.
Get some nice garden furniture, and carefully arrange it as an outdoor dining room on your deck, patio or rear garden.
Remember to put out some blankets so that you can sit out there well after the sun goes down.
Light it up
Stretch long summer days by giving your outside entertainment space a little bit of atmospheric lighting.
Decorate with fairy lights, lanterns and candles to show off your garden in a whole different light once darkness has begun to fall.
It is a great way of showing off your creative skills!
Decorate a wall
We think nothing of decorating an interior wall, but why do we hesitate to decorate an outside wall? Make an outdoor room really attractive by choosing things that are easy to bring in and protect from the elements or that are weatherproof or that look good even after being exposed to the elements.
Alternatively, water-resistant pictures, outside wall sculptures and ceramics designed to be put outside are available. Antique and vintage enamel signage also looks great.
You can fit struts into branches to hold items if you want to hang your pieces on a cover instead of a wall or a fence.
Use floors to build a sense of more space. Run the same flooring finish from the inside to the outside to link the two areas, which has the advantage of making both the garden and the living space look bigger than they actually are.
Natural stone works well inside and out, but make sure that they are anti-slip because polished tiles could be a risk throughout the rain. Some porcelain tiles may be used outside, but make sure that they are suitable before purchasing with your supplier.