Aralia’s 10 favourite ways to add colour to outdoor spaces

Last week we brought you five tips on how to inject colour into your garden in PART 1 of our blog. Read below to find our other 5 favourite ways! 

SOFT FURNISHINGS –
For really great bursts of color, and comfort, over the summer, add bold and vibrant ‘accessories’ to the garden. Adding brightly coloured pillows is one of the easiest ways you can instantly create contrast & interest (though make sure they’re water resistant or bring them inside in the rain). If you’re really fancy, get a selection of different coloured pillows or throws to add to your garden, so you can pick and choose according to your fancy. By doing this you can mix up your colour palette and feel of the garden in seconds! Take it a step further by adding patterned pillows or velvet throws to add colour with a touch of luxury (like Aralia did in the Rooftop Garden below at Chelsea Creek for St George PLC)

MIRRORS & SCULPTURES

Another way of adding to, or capitalizing on, existing colors is to add a mirror or smoked mirror to your garden. In doing this, all existing light and vibrancy will be multiplied, giving the illusion of more color and more space. Adding a reflective metal sculpture can also create this illuminating effect, as well as bringing a pop of silver to your garden that looks amazing combined with lighting at night. When choosing mirrors make sure to have them sealed around the edges to prevent water damage. 

PLANTING

Now it may sound obvious, but planting can add so much color and life to any garden or outdoor space. We recommend going for bold striking colors to create beautiful contrasts and juxtapositions within the garden. Be careful to keep your color scheme cohesive though as adding in too many elements of too many different colors can actually lead your garden to feel smaller. Stay with a consistent palette that compliments itself.

WATER FEATURES –

If you want the mirroring effect but without a mirror then a water feature is another fabulous alternative. Working in the same way as the mirror, a water feature reflects the natural colors of nature, leaving you with an ever changing color palette of dusky pink sunsets and black silky skies, giving you an endless combination of color. Look at pools, cascading water fountains or a formal pool of water like the one shown in our APL Award Winning Garden, Little Hadham.

LED TV –

Finally, and bear with us for this one, if you’re feeling adventurous, inject some color with a LED Screen TV. This not only ads color by allowing you to display a limitless amount of images on the screen, it can transform the mood and feel of your garden in minutes. Better yet, it is also extremely useful for watching the latest rugby game, or Wimbledon match, when you’re entertaining guests.

WE HOPE YOU’VE ENJOYED OUR TOP TEN TIPS! LET US KNOW WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITE IDEAS!