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Elevated Outdoor Space: Designing a Tranquil Garden Where You Can De-Stress


When it comes to decorating your home, you’ll most likely take your time and do a lot of research before settling on furniture and items that you want to buy. What’s more, you’ll likely change everything when daily wear and tear takes its toll on them, or at least paint them to freshen up their look. However, the same attention to detail will probably not be part of how you design your garden and outdoor spaces, which is, unfortunately, the standard for many homeowners. It can indeed seem like your garden doesn’t need much to feel calming since you’re surrounded by nature anyway, but having an outdoor space that is overgrown and that you can barely navigate will certainly take out of the enjoyment you can feel.

If you enjoy lounging and relaxing in nature, you’ll be glad to learn that exposure to natural landscapes isn’t only good for your emotions but can also help reduce muscle tension, lower blood pressure, and decrease the production of stress hormones. With that in mind, here are some ideas that can upgrade your backyard space and allow you to enjoy your unwinding time even more.


The outdoor furniture you choose must make perfect use of your space, and the simplest way to achieve this is through the use of natural materials such as wood, wrought iron, and rattan. Consider the layout you’re working with in order to find suitable sizes and visualize how you’d like the space to look. Picking a style can also make it much easier to decide which items to get, and there’s also the issue of the seating capacity. If you plan to host regular dinner parties, you must be able to accommodate everyone comfortably.

You must also get high-quality outdoor furniture fabric that has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, can withstand damp conditions, prevent mildew, and maintain its form and bright hues even against strong UV rays. Getting outdoor fabric guards lets you protect your furniture so you can enjoy it for longer, and you don’t have to buy replacements every year.


Polyolefin fibers are the ideal alternative due to their mechanical properties and durability, as well as the fact that they’re very easy to clean, so you don’t have to worry about leaving a permanent stain if you spill drinks or food on the surfaces.

The Theme

In order to come up with a cohesive design that feels relaxing and welcoming, you must choose a general theme and style you want to integrate and try to stick with it as much as possible. Selecting a look will help your garden feel more put-together and tranquil, as well as allow you to filter through the furniture options you have much more efficiently and with less fuss. For instance, one of the best options is to draw inspiration from Japanese style and gardens if you aim for a design focused on natural elements and simplicity.

In this case, you should integrate items such as bamboo fences, natural stones, trees, water fixtures like waterfalls and tiny lakes, as well as moss and gravel. The idea is to create a space that lets you quieten your thoughts and relax completely. However, you must also be ready to put a lot of consistent effort into maintaining the look of your garden since the natural-looking appeal of Japanese gardens typically comes from rigorous maintenance. If you’d rather go for something a little less structured, you can look into English cottage gardens and their features. The items that must be included here are aged wood benches, plenty of flowers, and a cobblestoned path to create that ageless charm that never gets old.


It should go without saying, but it’s worth mentioning again: seasonality is crucial when designing a garden. To have a beautiful garden, you must take care of it throughout the year, regardless of the weather. This also means that you need to do your research and learn what the space requires depending on the season to be protected and thrive. Seasonal gardening involves a lot of in-depth knowledge so that your plants can survive over the years and continue to bloom every spring. You can also look into evergreen foliage that will keep your garden looking lively even during the chilly and bleak winter months. False cypress, privet, blue holly, thujas, spruce trees, Japanese holly, and conifers like hemlock, pine, and fir are just a few examples.

So, if you enjoy the sight of greenery throughout the year, you don’t have to give it up during autumn and winter. However, integrating plants that change as a result of seasonal changes has its own aesthetic appeal and can add significantly to the overall look. Moreover, there’s also a sense of personal satisfaction that comes with nurturing these plants during the colder days to prepare them for the warm season.

Comfort First

Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you must abandon all thoughts of comfort. The best way to create an inviting atmosphere is with the help of an outdoor fireplace that can keep you warm and snug even when it gets colder outside.


Get wood furniture nearby, as well as a stone table for a rustic feel that lends itself well to both casual and more elegant occasions. Another feature you need to consider is how you’ll connect your outdoors with the indoors. The former should be an extension of the latter, so it’s a good idea if they both follow more or less the same design patterns.

This is especially valuable for relatively small homes, as it will create the impression of a more expansive space. Moreover, it will allow natural light and air to filter in, so even on days when you want to hang out inside, you can have a tiny piece of the outdoors. And of course, nothing creates the perfect atmosphere or adequate lighting, so look into different types of fixtures like pendants, hanging lanterns, and string lights to achieve the ideal warm glow in your garden.

The garden area is often-overlooked during the home design, but it’s important to care for yours and make it into a beautiful space. This way, you can enjoy relaxing in nature whenever you please, and it’s no small achievement to have your own green corner in the urban jungle.