Your back garden provides the ideal space for you to relax and unwind in those lovely summer evenings after a long day at the office. Many people aren’t using their gardens to its full potential, yet with a few additions (some really simple, some that is slightly bigger projects) it can soon be the serene haven you’ve always desired.
We’ve put together a few ideas as to how you can make this amazing transformation in your home so that you’ll soon be ditching the sofa and heading for an alfresco relaxation experience right in your very own back garden.
Make sure it’s tidy and clear
The main way to help any space to feel serene is to keep it as uncluttered and therefore as calm as possible. Clean away any tools and toys and make sure things stay nice and organised. After all, it may be slightly harder to relax in your garden if you’re surrounded by lawn mowers and footballs!
Keep your lawn mowed so it’s tidy and won’t be distracting, and get rid of any pesky weeds. Simple things like this will make a real difference to the finished, overall effect.
Get the lighting right
Stick to the theme and generally feeling of ‘Zen’ by opting for environmentally friendly lighting options too, like solar path lights from Lights 4 Fun. Using lights along the path is good as it can be more subtle and gentle than using harsher overhead lighting. In specific seating areas where you want to go to be able to relax, you could also use candles in jars for a natural, relaxing appeal along with the calming path lights.
Have a secluded area for maximum tranquillity
You’ll no doubt want to focus on one small area for you to go and unwind in in your garden, like a patio or decking area, or if you prefer something more natural, a corner of the garden that benefits the most from peace and quiet. Choose one area for this and work to really make it serene by using little details like Buddha statues, wind chimes, fairy lights and perhaps even a water feature. Some stone statues can be quite pricey so it may be worth looking into cheaper, plastic options if you want to keep costs down. They often look just as good, too.
Think about soft furnishings as well as hard pieces
When choosing seating, think about softer alternatives and soft finishes as well as the general hard stuff like chairs and sofas. Regular garden furniture is great but the really comfy ones will set you back quite a lot, so if you want to do things slightly cheaper, you can always buy cheaper ones and just make them comfier with squishy cushions, throws and blankets. We love the blankets available from John Lewis as they’re huge and really soft. Or, why not skip chairs and sofas altogether and opt for a hammock instead?!