Designing a Patio Spa – or a Garden to Your Backyard
Having the proper guidance, you can turn your existing patio space into a relaxing and therapeutic spa environment or a beautiful garden. If you’re planning to install or upgrade a patio hot tub or garden, there are several ideas that can help.
The Art of Managing Outdoor Space
Designing a patio – or a garden, is much like designing a living room or a park. It’s all about space, and how you use it. To start with, you have empty space with nothing in it. Then you add plants, statues and other decorative items to fill that space and make it feel like a homey, comfortable space.. but wait! You don’t want to actually fill it with stuff. Then it would look cluttered, which is not what you want. What you want is a balance between empty space and decorative items. The real issue, then, is how do you achieve that balance?
Use Clustering to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space
The first mistake most people make when decorating a patio, backyard or garden is to take their planters, fountains, statues, etc. and spread them out evenly to try to cover as much space as possible. This is especially tempting for those on a tight budget, since they may not be able to afford as many accessories and accents as they would like. Spreading things out evenly, though, creates a boring space which doesn’t give the eye anything in particular to focus on. It is much more pleasing to group your plants and decor items into clusters, so that several items can be seen at once, in a friendly grouping, with empty space between providing variety. This way, your visitors’ eyes can move easily and comfortably from one cluster to another – each cluster is distinct in character and the empty space between emphasizes their unique natures.
Try to think of each plant, statue, plaque or other accent as having its own personality, and place them together in groups that allow them to relate to each other in pleasing and complementary ways; place two low flowering plants on either side of a larger fern, or place a small statue between a palm and a vine – the possibilities are endless and are only limited by your creativity and imagination!