What does your garden mean to you?
Often pitched as a space for entertaining and relaxation, studies show that the ‘right’ garden is up there as one of the top three priorities for buyers. In this handy guide, we’ve shared how you can style your garden to maximise its appeal in 6 easy steps!
For us, this area of the home can be summarised in three simple words: entertainment, enjoyment and peace. It’s no wonder then that several studies show that the ‘right’ garden is within the top three priorities for a potential buyer. Surrounding your house at both front and back, it’s a large area that’s often overlooked. However, this versatile area of the home can be make or break. And requires just as much pre-viewing preparation as any room inside – and that’s where we’re here to help!
Tidying the garden is one thing, but styling it is another. Styling relates to the finishing touches that you add to the space with considered layouts and accessories and it’s this that will take your garden to the next level. So, after you’ve trimmed the hedges and pressure-washed the patio, the fun can truly begin! By bringing a flourish of style to the garden, you’ll be surpassing the viewer’s expectations, showing them the true potential of the space. Read on for 6 tried and tested tricks of the trade that will finesse your garden with a dose of charming style.
1). Frame the front door
On arrival, the first area your potential buyers will see is the front door. It’s worth thinking about the inviting first impression you want to create. After refreshing old letterboxes, handles and knockers, consider defining a pathway to the door with flanks of flower beds or potted plants interspersed with post lights.
When it comes to the doorway or porch, draw the eye by framing it with hanging baskets and climbing plants. Alternatively, use candle-filled lanterns of varying sizes on either side of the door – mix these in groups of three for visual appeal.
2). Get in the zone
Before you start accessorising the back garden, we suggest dividing it into different areas by their intended purpose. Not only will this make your space feel bigger, but it will also be more organised. Allowing you to show the garden in its best light.
A few cleverly positioned dining and seating areas will help to subtly delineate your garden and enable potential buyers to envisage themselves in the space. Define the centre of the main entertainment area with a weatherproof rug, and use comfy furniture to outline the borders. For a balance of cosy and sophisticated style, use a glass-topped table and cushioned dining chairs made from natural-looking materials such as all-weather wicker or Lloyd Loom.
If space allows, channel relaxation in another corner of the garden with an outdoor sofa or swing chair and a timber coffee table. To complete the snug look and feel, you could consider adding a gas or electric heater.
3). Light the way
Come rain or shine, illuminating your outdoor space with thoughtfully chosen lighting that looks as good in the daytime as at night will add warmth and style. Consider the theme of your interior, and expand this into the garden. Bronze and copper-toned fixtures will give an aged, antique look that’s in keeping with period houses and cottages. Whereas matt black and silvered patinas will coordinate with the contemporary feel of a modern home.
If you have a decking area, consider installing recessed floor lighting. For house viewings during darker months, this will add an uplifting glow to the space. Alternatively, intertwine streams of festoon lights around an awning or gazebo, hang them along the eaves of a shed or carport, or wrap them around a tree or two to enhance the relaxed atmosphere.
4). Play with mirrors
An outdoor mirror or two is ideal for bouncing light around the garden. And, if you position them in a clever way, they can also make the space feel bigger. When placing a mirror outside, consider what you want it to reflect. Fixing it against a fence or wall to reflect flowers and foliage is much preferable to a view of trailing drainpipes!
Consider the shape and size of your mirror, also. Going large will have the most impact. When it comes to oversized mirrors, add one to your seating area to bounce light and reflect your table styling skills. Whether your garden errs on the classic or modern side, a Crittall window mirror should suit the space. Give an arch-shaped mirror pride of place in an elegant countryside garden, or use a straight-framed square version in a more contemporary area.
5). Lift the space with colour
When it comes to nature, feel free to play around with colour to make your garden feel cheerful and inviting. For easy decorating, bring in container plants – they work especially well on a paved area or courtyard space where colour might be lacking. And if the flowers aren’t in bloom yet, then you can still add bright hues in the form of plant pots and baskets grouped together in coordinating colours.
For quaint, older houses, a fast-growing climber such as wisteria or clematis set against a wall or fence will give your space a real ‘wow’ factor. Or for a modern home, use trailing plants housed in hanging baskets to create a living wall of foliage for a more minimal approach. Wooden or galvanised metal step ladders are also a creative way to make a fun floral display.
If you have any bare patches among your flower beds, then now is the time to fill them. Bring in a selection of easy-to-maintain perennials that look good all year round such as hellebore, libertia, liriope muscari and cranesbill.
6). Keep it low-key
Remember, you don’t need to go OTT with styling or make it appear high maintenance. Keep it depersonalised by opting for furnishings that highlight texture over pattern. And, aside from your flowers and plants, accessorise with calm, neutral colours so you don’t overwhelm the space.
Keen for more tips on how to style your garden? Or do you need other advice on how to prepare your home ready to go on the market? Either way, we’d love to hear from you! Simply call us for a chat on 01244 313 900 or get in touch via our contact form. No matter what your question is, we’ll be more than happy to help.