We all strive to create the perfect ambiance in our homes. We obsess over paint color, furnishings, window treatments, art, and accessories to create something layered and beautiful.
But what are you forgetting? Have you given equal thought to your outdoors?
When designing and decorating your home, there should be no distinction between your outdoors and your indoors. Bunny Williams says it best. “I think about a garden exactly the way I think about a house,” she says. “The biggest mistake people make is not connecting the house to the garden. You have to enter it; create ways to move through it; think about a color palette that appeals to you; and design outdoor rooms that will reflect your lifestyle, whether that means a vegetable garden, flower beds, or pots of annuals.”
Treat your gardens as extensions of the rooms they’re outside of. What do you see when you look out the window? Plant things you would bring into the room.
Use your landscape to manipulate perceptions. A group of trees can act like curtains, framing a beautiful view or a glimpse of something special.
Create outdoor spaces that enhance your life. Create additional “rooms” in your home by landscaping a sitting area or beautiful pathway outdoors.
Use your landscape as a counter-point to the architecture. Have a modern house? Use a traditional garden to soften it. Flip the coin. An extremely traditional home may need a bit of wild foliage to give it life.
Don’t be afraid to play! One of the greatest things about gardening is that most mistakes are relatively easy to correct. If it doesn’t work, transplant things where they’ll work better, and move on. Tinker until you strike the balance that works.
A home is successful when it looks happy in its environment, so make sure your outdoors is as lush as your indoors.