All too often, outdoor areas are the last to receive any attention in a home makeover or design effort. However, that shouldn’t be the case. The surrounding area of a home is just as important as what’s on the inside, maybe even more important if the house happens to be on the market.
While concrete features add a modern element
to a contemporary garden design they do not suit all gardens. More natural
features, such as rounded, smooth river stones are an excellent alternative to
the manmade, industrial materials featured so prominently in some modern
gardens. Cobbles may be used on paths as
well as in accent areas throughout the space.
Modern gardens, with their clean lines and industrial elements, may seem uninviting if certain iconic elements are not incorporated into the overall design. Lighting, furniture, and textures are all essential in making the contemporary garden a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The secret is to keep the theme simple and clean; the garden will do the rest of the work.
garden table and chairs
Lighting also plays a role in contemporary garden design, as subtle effects can be achieved with low voltage lights strategically placed throughout the garden, usually along the walls, beside paths and to highlight garden features such as statuary.
|The Essential Indulgence (Silver Gilt) - another contemporary garden at Hampton Court 2012 that I liked|
|Live Outdoors Garden (Silver Gilt) - built on a budget of £13,000|