Styling it out

When it comes to interior design, there’s a host of different ways to style your home, but when it comes to the garden, people often assume that similar consideration doesn’t need to be made to the overall theme. But on the contrary, a great garden design can compliment the interior of any house, and vice versa.

Here are some ideas for how to carry your interior theme through into your outside space:

Shabby Floral

It’s been around for a while, but it’s not going away any time soon, and that’s the informal, cosy and eclectic favourite of Cath Kidston lovers, which works brilliantly both inside and out. If your house is a friendly mishmash of vintage furniture, teapots, charming ‘quote’ signs, pastels and floral prints, carry on this distinctly feminine style through into the garden with moss flecked ‘printed name’ bricks and weathered pots, rustic reclaimed wood, vintage ladders with pots on the rungs. Pastel-painted wooden sheds or ‘Wendy’ houses, Planted Belfast or Butlers sinks, and of course plenty of fabulous flowers in pinks, purples, whites and blues.

French Simplicity

This clean and serene theme of stylishly crumpled linens, antique pine, reclaimed metal picture frames packed filled with black and white photos, perhaps some cases of butterflies is very popular, and bringing this theme through into the garden couldn’t be easier. Start with simple shapes, ensuring no tricksy patterns or patio patterns that will clash with the rustic feel. Consider reclaimed bricks, railway sleepers, old brick tiles as border edging, and plant with simply meadow flowers, grasses and herbs.

Antique Opulence

If your interior exudes the luxury of a country house, it’s easy to bring this theme through into the garden with bold propping such a statement statue to give your space a focal point. Then use equally bold shrubs and trees to give height, and of course roses, to enhance the sense of grandeur. Rich colours can be used on fencing or walls to bring warmth, and consider including ornate ironwork into bird tables or seating areas.

Minimal Monochrome

If your interior space is minimal and zen, there’s no need to clutter your garden in contrast. Instead focus on wide spaces, smooth lines, and cool colours. Japanese garden influences could work, but if you prefer western simplicity, look toward a use of interesting materials such as marble, hard-wearing plastics, painted wood and even perspex for a modern minimal look.

Multi-coloured Med

If colour, colour, colour is what does it for you, then there’s no need to go neutral in the garden. Planting is key, with bold contrasting foliage that’ll add impact all year round, then strong blooms to create a picture in the warmer months, but that’s not all, consider using mismatched multicoloured tiles to cover an entire wall, or contrast ochres and terracottas with colourful pots and planters. Outdoor furniture laden with colourful cushions add a great pop, as will strings of colourful outdoor lights, a quirky barbecue and a even a tiled ‘fire pit’ table.

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