With the growing presence of social media and technology in our daily lives, more and more people are seeking ways to switch off from the digital rat race and get back nature. It’s little wonder then that escapism is a major interior and exterior design trend for 2016. This week, we take a look at how you can create a garden hideaway in your own backyard.
Make it feel private
First and foremost, a secret garden oasis isn’t a secret if it’s in view of the main house, so it’s crucial to create a secluded are where you can imagine you’re miles away from the hum drum of everyday life. The best way to achieve this is by screening off the area with dense foliage or a carefully layered garden bed that obscures your view of the house. An overhead canopy in the form of a shady tree, or trained vines is a great way to amplify your sense of being surrounded by nature.
Invest in some quality seating
Comfortable garden furniture is essential if you want to kick back and relax in nature for a couple of hours. It can be as simple as a hammock strung between two trees or as elaborate as an adult tree house with all the bells and whistles.
A meandering path
Although it is hidden, a nook is an outdoor living space which needs to be defined from the rest of the garden, and one of the best ways to do this is with a winding garden path. Running a path through your garden is also a great way to create a sense of flow and balance.
A statement piece
Make your quiet garden corner unique with a moss covered statue or a stunning feature plant. Water features are a very popular option, as the sound of the tricking water can be relaxing and promote a meditative state of mind.
Make your garden escape a place you can retire to regardless of the weather by creating some shade or shelter. A pergola or covered arch is the best way to get some coverage without taking away from the natural surrounds, but a simple sun umbrella will do just as well during the summer months.
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