Beautiful balconies and secluded terraces are places to relax, reflect and wind down. And, as plant lovers will already know, a well-kept garden can add a lot of extra character to your home. That’s why we turned to MADE.COM Junior Furniture Designer, Ewan Morris, for some expert tips on elevating your outside space—read on for his top five ideas.
1. I think it’s fun to have furniture and accessories play off each other. Simply start with oversized, bulbous pieces, for example our Yuri lounge chair or Layla beanbag. Then contrast these designs with more delicate objects like our Salix plant stands.
2. We’re starting to see a real shift in outdoor spaces becoming more colourful and vibrant with influences from the Southern Mediterranean and Morocco. So for a trend-led setup, choose terracotta reds, burnt oranges and warm pinks, offset with pastel yellows and bright teal hues. For example, the new Tice corner sofa is a great, easy way to add colour. (Looking for more rainbow-inspired ideas? Read this article.)
3. It’s fun to mix and match, but sometimes consistency is key: sticking to similar types of pots and containers can make a garden look more coherent. You can do this by using either angular or rounded shapes. This streamlines things and lets plants and blooms take centre stage.
4. Small balcony? There are plenty of tricks to create the illusion of a bigger space: layer pots, planters and stands of different sizes, shapes or heights to create a more three dimensional feel. Use hanging pots and balcony planters to create miniature meadows and green canopies. You can even prop an old mirror against your balcony wall. (Need more ideas for your balcony? Then give these a try.)
5. Lines between indoor and outdoor spaces are increasingly blurred—it used to be all cast iron everything but now garden furniture is much softer and lounge-like. We’re starting to see a lot more designs made from natural materials like wood, rattan and woven textures. For an all-round cosy set-up, I’d pair an outdoor rug like Ozzie with the soft elegance of our Cordon range.
Article written by: Lisa Wenske