Jamie Durie’s Outdoor Room Tips – Creating An Experience

24 Feb 2015 by | | with No Comments

24Feb 2015


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Last time, we talked about starting your dream outdoor room with what you have. Now we’ll talk about elements that can make it “an experience.” Here are some general principles to think about when creating your dream outdoor sanctuary.

Clear Space
There’s nothing worse than being surrounded by clutter, whether indoors or out, but there never seems to be enough space or the right space to store all those bits and pieces. Creating the right storage spaces and incorporating them into the overall design of your garden is not only a practical consideration, it is about form as much as it is about function, and the type of material chosen for your storage solutions will contribute to the way the room feels. The function of storage is as important as the aesthetics in working out how an outdoor room feels and works.

Outdoor living areas need to be as organised, neat and uncluttered as the indoor living areas of the house. For the comfort factor, outdoor spaces need to have everything you need to be accessible so that you can spend long periods of time in your outdoor room without having to run inside every few minutes to get something.

Let There Be Light
Now I don’t know about you, but I would never think of not having lights in my house; the same principle applies for the Outdoor Room. Well-designed lighting within your garden can accentuate shapes, heighten textures and define spaces.

When thinking about lighting your garden there are a few things you need to consider. One of the most important considerations is creating mood. Do you want an intimate, sensory environment where shadow plays an equally important role as light, or do you want to create a dramatic, bold statement through strong architectural lighting. For example, if you want to create an exotic bohemian feel for your next party, why not hang some oversized cane candleholders at different levels from a tree. This will create an instant exotic ambience. Light is also a great way to organize how you want people to walk through and experience the outdoor room. But there’s more to it than that.

Lead The Eyes (And The Feet Will Follow)
When we look at a garden, we view it as a whole but our eye is led from one place in the picture to another as we take in details of the vista. The clever thing to achieve with a landscape is to lead the eye of the visitor through it in the way you would like it to be discovered. Perhaps you wish to draw ones attention away from the clothesline or compost bins and entice your visitor to wander on a little further and explore with a glimpse of something interesting just around the corner. Focal points in a garden are the best way to do this by creating magnets or a visually arresting element that draws one through the space. Focal point elements can be a tree, a garden bench, a water feature, a sculpture, a fire pit, etc.

Keep your eyes peeled. We’ll be talking more about these focal points in the next post!