Summer is rapidly approaching and it’s time to start planning your backyard oasis with not just plants and flowers but considering the possibility of adding a pond design. If you enjoy spending your time outdoors during the warm summer months and you already have a garden, the incentive is there to make your garden more nature-like by adding a natural pond. We have gathered together a collection of inspirational pond design ideas in varying styles, with assorted plants and even fish. If you prefer a more refined variant, design your pond closer to the entrance of your home and create a pathway above or around it. For a more organic design choose stones in various shapes, sizes and colors for a natural look, moss, water lilies and koi or other fish, and a cascading waterfall or a fountain would help to diversify the overall appearance.
Just like indoor aquariums, fish ponds are not for the faint of heart. They take a lot of time and effort, love and care. They can be time consuming to keep clean and budget draining. But as with most difficult things in life, the payoff is worth it. And if you have the time — even just one free weekend — you could build your own backyard fish pond for around $2,500. Be sure to scroll down, as we have some great tips to creating your own backyard pond oasis.
If you are looking for additional outdoor inspiration, try looking at some of our past articles on 19 Incredible natural swimming pools and 31 Inspiring and stylish outdoor room design ideas.
Deeper ponds have their advantages. Fish will grow only in relation to how big the space is that they’re in. In shallow water a koi fish, which can reach 3 feet in length, won’t reach its full potential, as it would in a 5-foot-deep pond. Fish tend to get sicker in small ponds, because they’re swimming around in water with higher concentrations of their own waste. Deeper ponds mean more water volume and cleaner water. The fish are healthier, making it easier to maintain the right chemical balance. Deeper ponds make fish harder targets for predators.
To start, you are going to have to dig a hole, a big one. It’s free if you do it yourself. If you need the dirt hauled away, you will have to pay. Prices typically range from a couple hundred dollars to several hundred, depending on the amount and other factors.
There are advantages to shallower ponds. Less excavation means less work and fewer materials, so you’ll save money on construction costs and backaches. A shallow pond will also allow you a better view of your fish.
Water plants like lily pads thrive on shallow ponds. They can’t grow in deep water.
Smaller ponds obviously take up less space and can lend themselves to small design flourishes that make a big statement.
Add Fish. While koi are the most popular choice for fish ponds, they are harder to look after (to keep alive), especially in shallow ponds and winter freeze. Harold Leidner Landscape Architects recommends adding fancy goldfish. In addition to having ornate patterns and colors almost identical to those of koi, they’re less aggressive and less expensive. Koi can range from $200 to $7,000 each, while fancy goldfish go for around $35 each.
Installing pump equipment. Pump equipment can be purchased at most local pool and pond supply companies, with complete installation instructions. You can hide it under rocks or plants, or purchase extensions to conceal it on the side of your house.
Line the hole. You will have to line your depression. The three most popular methods are concrete spray, rubber liners and plastic tubs.
Gunite is a spray concrete commonly used to line swimming pools. Harold Leidner Landscape Architects used it for this expansive fish pond in Dallas, built for around $25,000. The advantages to gunite is that it is long lasting and durable. Creative lighting and other nifty design elements are easy to include. The drawbacks to this material is that you will need a professional to install it. Leidner says a feasible budget for a professional installation of an average-size pond is $5,000 minimum, which includes pump parts and labor but not fish.
Add Landscaping. Be sure to budget for rocks, plants or decking. Once you have everything looking beautiful, add water. You will want to check the chemical balance and temperature before adding fish.
This beautiful natural pond is surrounded by plants and perennial flowers all around. This pond feature also has a bubbler fountain on one side for the soothing sound of moving water.
Rubber liners are a common material to line ponds. Strips are rolled out, sealed together and used to line an excavated hole. Rocks and other design elements are added on top and then filled with water. The advantage to this type of material is that they are common and fairly inexpensive. You can purchase a prepackaged pond kit with rubber liners for $850 to $1,500, depending on the size and other factors.
The drawback to rubber liners is that they are fairly difficult to install; not all homeowners will understand how to glue and seam the liners together. A small mistake can result in a big drainage problem, and you’ll lose your water and fish. Burrowing rodents also can nibble through the liner. “You’d be surprised how quickly a koi pond will drain into the ground,” states Harold Leidner Landscape Architects.
Expert tip: If you do go with a rubber liner, Leidner recommends buying a few bags of concrete, poking holes in them and using the bags to line the hole. Then spray the bags with water and put the rubber liner on top. The bag will dissolve and the concrete will harden, creating a barrier that rodents can’t get through. Premade plastic tubs are a good alternative. They start at around $800 but come in limited shapes and sizes.
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Whether you’re hanging one large piece, a grouping of small ones or a combination of both, properly showcasing your art can be a daunting task. Artwork is such an important part of a decorating scheme. Because your art can be anything from an investment piece to a work of personal value, it’s essential to not only integrate your pieces with the right color schemes but to have the proper placement to create balance and harmony. Have a look through the photos below, as we have some fantastic tips on how to hang artwork throughout your home to make the process a little bit easier, and maybe even fun!
If you are looking for further inspiration, check out one of our past articles on 58 Stylish ways to transform ordinary walls into art gallery walls.
When you are grouping four or more pieces, one above the other, you should consider a vertical line, meaning that the art should be visually balanced on both sides of an imaginary vertical line. Too much ‘weight’ on one side or the other will make the group seem awkward and unbalanced. It is a good idea to make sure the art is similar either in color scheme, frame style, or subject matter to create balance and harmony.
Create a rustic backdrop for your modern art and furnishings with reclaimed wood. Adding chocolate curtains makes it appear as if there was a window in the room and visually frame out the space. A monochromatic color scheme and textured shag area rug helps to not detract from the focal point of the room.
Choose complementary shades for your walls. This abstract painting with tones of yellow and orange pops against the Galapagos Turquoise Benjamin Moore wall paint. You can achieve a similar look with abstract paintings from Saatchi.
This piece evokes a quiet, tranquil moment on the water. That feeling is exaggerated against simple white walls that allow the photograph to do the talking.
This painting is positioned perfectly — centered between the two doors, above the console — to create an instant focal point that allows the rest of the room to shine. The size and tone of your art are important. Choose a painting with the appropriate scale for your space, in tones that stand out and draw the eye in but don’t clash with the rest of the room. One large, bold piece of art looks fantastic against a neutral wall and furniture. A series of prints can make an impact too, whether they’re framed identically or have an eclectic mix of frames.
Art hung over a piece of furniture should not be wider than the width of the furniture, a general principle being that the art should be about 75% the width of the furniture.
Asymmetrical Placement. This is a great solution when you have a group of prints that aren’t necessarily the same but share at least one similar element, such as subject matter or color scheme. You can asymmetrically arrange the pieces so that they still achieve a nice ‘organic’ balance. If you have two larger pieces, try staggering them by hanging one lower than the other, so that top and bottom don’t match.
In the above scenario, grouping larger and smaller pieces helps to create interest and energy. The same is true for vertical and horizontal pieces in the same grouping.
Hanging pieces horizontally. Perfect for a hallway or sofa wall, hanging art horizontally allows you to achieve some volume without appearing crowded. For this scenario, an odd number of pieces is more attractive to the eye and is visually balanced; a normal spacing of 4-6” is typically recommended.
Here’s a no-fail picture ledge look: Combine a series of framed black and white photos in a collage format. Add a few tiny objects to the mix, and you’re done. Tip: Include a few extra-small frames in the foreground for depth.
The orange fabric panel slides to reveal a recessed TV. The “Wedge” fixtures, made by Belfer are 150 Watt tungsten halogen lamps. These are really all about creating ambient light, because their primary purpose is to illuminate the ceiling, for indirect lighting. Besides the little pool of light on the wall just above them, they throw a LOT of light out up and away from the wall. These are typically used in high-ceiling spaces.
Picture lights helps to spotlight your art and create vibrancy in the colors of the paintings.
Use a wall of picture ledges to display books and art for a fascinating and vibrant collage.
Nordic style loves black and white, and often includes creative vignettes of posters and photography. Picture ledges are the perfect starting point for a gallery-style wall. Tip: Install your picture ledges to one side of a wall when you’d like to visually divide the space.
Old marine rope and vintage hardware lever make for a cool, dramatic way to display an oiled canvas painting. This contrasts playfully with an ultra-modern chandelier and sleek Saarinen table.
Create a layered look on your picture ledge. Picture ledges are one of the simplest ways to add a personal touch to your home’s decor — and with maximum effect. That’s because despite their name, they can also be used as small shelves to hold decorative objects, art, books or even a collection of plates. And the best part: A picture ledge allows you to swap out photographs and decor on a whim, or with the seasons. Goodbye, blank walls; hello, curated art collection.
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To maximize space in your home, utilizing under stairs storage space solutions can help to de-clutter and create functionality in an otherwise unused space. There are several ways that you can use the area underneath the stairs, from bookshelves to home offices to even bathrooms and laundry space. The sky is the limit to how you can utilize under stair space and we have collected numerous ideas to help give you some inspiration. In the hallway, a logical choice might be to fit a wardrobe there. It would be perfect for seasonal clothing, footwear, hat, mitts and gloves. The wardrobe can have open shelves or cabinets with doors for a cleaner aesthetic. You could also put a compact bench or a chair with a small table there. Have a lot of books and don’t know where to store them? Your stairs are perfect place to put them in. Staircases can look incredible on their own, but add a functional bookcase to create a unique statement piece. Use your staircase as drawers to store clutter or seasonal clothing. Even bicycles can be stored under the stairs! Have a look at our gallery and you will definitely be blown away by some of the unique and creative ideas you can use in your own home.
If you are seeking further under stairs storage inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on Amazing space-saving kitchens under the stairs.
Deep drawers tucked under treads provide storage for pet supplies and other sundries. Built just like an old furniture piece, the boxes glide on wood guides and are faced with angled fronts that fool the eye.
Full-size closets can often be squeezed beneath straight-run staircases if there isn’t another staircase beneath it. But for L-shape, or return, stairways, there isn’t enough height for a closet. Rather than leave it unused, carve out the space beneath the landing for drawers to store sporting gear and shoes in an entryway.
Under the staircase is a closet, which houses the cat pan and food bowl… hidden from guests and the curious dog. A special entrance was created for the cats to access their area.
Built in drawers for storage under the stairs includes a cat litter box enclosure.
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Interior design fashions change and there was a point when roman shades were perhaps considered a bit old-fashioned, but that is certainly not the case right now.
Versatility is probably one of the main reasons for the revival of roman blinds as they can be used to effortlessly blend into your home surroundings by offering you a choice of mood-creating looks such as bright and colorful or provide you with a more ethereal background.
The beauty of roman shades is in their simplicity. They are made from a flat piece of material of your choice that can be folded up accordion style using a cord which lowers and raises the blind to the desired height.
You can use roman blinds to provide an element of light control in your room by lowering them down over the window and you can even gain a level of control over the temperature in your room if you choose to use an insulating fabric for your blind.
You should not just think of your roman blind as a way of controlling light and temperature because they also have the ability to bring an element of grace and style to your window dressing and the overall look and feel of your room. Simply raise the blind to the desired height and the decorative fabric instantly provides a graceful look that adorns your windows.
There are several distinct types of roman blinds to choose from:
When you choose classic blinds like the ready made roman blinds from Super Blinds Mart, you are getting blinds that will look great over most windows and are made of fabric panels that are horizontally seamed at intervals of about 8-10 inches.
These pleating allows the blind to stack more neatly and gives the blind a more structured and tailored look than if you used one continuous roll of material without the pleats. Classic blinds look great in any environment or style so they will be equally attractive in a rustic farmhouse setting as they will in an urban apartment.
If you want to add an element of style and dimension to your decor then classic roman blinds are good solution to your interior design needs when it comes to dressing your window.
Flat roman blinds
If your room or style is more suited to big and bold patterns and designs then you may well want to consider choosing flat roman blinds for your window.
These blinds are made from one continuous piece of fabric and are hung flat directly in front of your window. Bold patterns and designs work much better without the horizontal seams that you get with classic blinds and flat roman blinds offer you a style that is simple and casual.
Relaxed roman shades
If you are looking for a style and design that encapsulates the look and feel of casual chic then relaxed roman shades would be the perfect choice.
These blinds are often used in less formal areas like a breakfast area or a family room as they have the ability to create a relaxed atmosphere with their soft finish.
The feature of a relaxed roman shade is that when it is raised the center of the shade bows down slightly as the sides are gently lifted up, creating a gentle fold that is pleasing on the eye.
Hobbled roman shade
If you are looking for a design statement from your blinds then a hobbled roman shade will be just perfect in this respect.
The feature of a hobbled shade is you get soft cascading folds of fabric that look stunning in the bedroom or dining room in particular. When you raise the blinds they stack into neat folds which instantly creates a more traditional and tailored style.
Whichever style of blind you choose for your home, you are sure to find the right type to make a design statement and change the look and feel of your room in an instant.
The opinions and views expressed in this story are not our own but that of the guest contributor to this post — William Dawson has decorated several homes in his long lifetime. Now retired, he enjoys writing about home decorating and improvement on the internet.
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Designing a reading nook in your home can be the perfect way to transform an awkward or unused space into a wonderfully cozy reading nook to curl up in. Every home should be enriched by a bookcase and if you have a passion for books, then creating the perfect reading nook to compliment would be a great escape to relax and unwind. If you are seeking some inspiration we have found some inviting reading nooks in varying styles. Some of them are built underneath a staircase or on a stair landing, in a closet, built into a wall space or next to a window. Some feature stylish and cozy armchairs to curl up in, or even small nooks with curtains that dedicate a secluded space for reading. We even have examples of reading corners which were improvised on the windowsill. If you need further inspiration, be sure to have a look at our past article, Incredibly cozy and inspiring window seat ideas. Enjoy the photos and be sure to leave a comment as to which one is your favorite!
In the evening, your reading nook needs to have warm and inviting light, as well as the option for a brighter light source. Floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps are ideal next to your reading nook seating.
Curtains add privacy to your reading nook. Don’t forget to add some decorative touches that will make the space special to you. Add photographs, flowers and a side table for resting items beside your seating area. Lot’s of throw pillows makes your space cozy, don’t forget a throw in case you get chilly on a cool winter’s day or night!
The unused space beneath the stairs is the ideal spot to create a cozy reading area.
Even if you don’t have a designated reading nook, you can create one by adding a chair, side table, and an ottoman to any corner in your house. Just accessorize with art, a floor lamp, and a throw.
An awkward corner space on the porch has been turned into a comfortable spot to read a book by installing a built-in daybed. You can find their tutorial here.
You could not ask for a more perfect spot to read a book than one with an amazing view!
In this room, a recessed area covered in beadboard and an eclectic mix of pillows makes a cozy spot for reading.
A small closet has been transformed into a fabulous reading spot complete with bookshelves, storage and lighting.
The quieter your reading area can be, the likelier you are to want to use it on an ongoing basis. If you have space to have multiple reading nooks, in your bedroom, living area and off of the den your family members won’t all have to fight over yours!
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When designing your home and you have limited space, a clever strategy would be to annex the unused space to house a space-saving kitchen under the stairs. Creating a small kitchen that is functional can take some real design ingenuity. Adding the kitchen to the dead space under your staircase is no exception! Trying to make the kitchen fit under the stairs adds a whole new layer of complexity to the design scheme when laying outs its functions. You need to decide what goes under the lowest part of the stair tread and what part of the kitchen needs the coveted space with the most generous headroom.
Depending on space, the kitchen can be designed as a linear single wall of cabinets with all of the appliances fitting in. If there is more space, an island can be added across, even a rolling island if your kitchen is more compact and needs to be moved to create space when not in use. Fitting everything in can be a huge undertaking, so we have compiled numerous examples of how you can make your design work depending on the layout of your home. Here’s a roundup of kitchens that maximize below-stairs space.
Do you see a kitchen under the stair as a great way to squeeze into an underused space or do you see it as rendering the kitchen unusable? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!
For a small kitchen, it’s important to maximize the area you have. This 9×9-foot kitchen takes full advantage of its small square footage by using open shelving on once-bare walls, creating a nook under the home’s stairs to tuck the refrigerator into, and turning the refrigerator’s former corner location into a much-needed pantry.
The stairs in this East Harlem, New York townhouse take you from the kitchen to the library, but the tiled space underneath is the perfect cooking niche.
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Those passionate about great design features around the home will appreciate the texture and look of using glass in your home. It is a wonderful material that is able to balance as well as contrast other pieces, and also has a way of playing with both natural and artificial lighting. If you want to discover a bit more about the various ways of using glass, read on and find out how you could incorporate it within your own home. You are sure to end up with a beautifully modern interior.
The best place to start is from the outside looking in – this is something done through the means of windows. There are many shapes and sizes available within the marketplace, but those that are the most memorable are the ones that are slightly different from the rest. For example, these shaped windows (from Vevo Windows) really add an extra edge to what would otherwise be a regular doorframe. Other great ideas include windows that straddle two floors of the house, or take up almost an entire wall.
Assuming you do not have small children in the house, a glass staircase could add the fairy tale touch to your abode. These look really futuristic, and immediately give the effect of wealth and success due to their appearance in celebrity pads. Not only that, but they help to create a feeling of a more open space, something that cannot often be achieved with a regular staircase.
Another way to use glass within the home is as a partition between rooms. This can be an effective way at maintaining the level of natural light, without using a full wall or opaque material. There are many options available here as you can choose clear glass, or opt for something that has a frosted appearance or other type of texture.
Of course, glass doesn’t just need to be used for the basic elements of the home, as it can also be used to good effect in the form of decoration. One of the most striking ways to achieve this is through sculptures, which are generally mounted on top of a glossy piece of granite or similar stone. There are also freestanding sculptures that you can look for if you prefer something less bulky.
You can also seek out certain pieces of furniture that are created with the medium of glass. Popular examples include coffee tables, dining tables and even certain chairs. Many of these items are often made in conjunction with metal to really bring the effect of minimalism to the forefront of design. There are of course many pieces in the market meaning there should be something to suit your budget.
Finally, it is likely that you will have seen many conservatories in the past, but some simply stand out from the rest. Those that are able to use glass to the best effect often look more impressive than their basic counterparts, and also make them more ideal for the perfect suntrap.
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Cook outdoors in style by transforming your backyard or patio into a unique outdoor kitchen for entertaining family and friends surrounded by nature. Cooking outside can be a wonderful alternative to the daily routine of preparing meals in the home. The openness of the outdoors can bring a refreshing feel to the everyday family dinner adding a festive air to the mundane. Nowadays an outdoor kitchen can mean so much more than just a barbecue and a cooler of soda. While the majority of modern outdoor kitchens still have a grill as the central fixture, most have evolved into an extension of the home’s living space. Many people would like to incorporate into their design the same conveniences they have inside, if not more. Custom outdoor kitchens can consist of wine chillers, under counter refrigerators, pizza ovens, wet bars, fireplaces, side burners, smokers, warming drawers and even roasting spits. Below you will find some awesome outdoor kitchen design ideas as well as some tips that will make your patio stylish and inviting, enjoy!
If you are looking for more great ideas on outdoor space design, try these past articles: 52 Spectacular outdoor string lights to illuminate your patio and 31 Inspiring and stylish outdoor room design ideas.
Not much space is needed to install an outdoor kitchen, the space just needs to be functional for cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. Something to consider when planning your outdoor kitchen is the proximity to the indoor one. The more convenient this kitchen is to your indoor one, the less travel for items such as seasonings, utensils, dinnerware and food items. Also, having an attached, covered outdoor kitchen can extend the length of time you are able to use this new food preparation and serving area.
You want to be able to move effortlessly from area to area — particularly when working with a potentially dangerous medium like a grill or pizza oven. Take this into account when planning your layout — you don’t want to have to jump from place to place. This setup works perfectly: it’s simple, but everything you need is here.
Cooking space. In terms of utility, the appliances in your kitchen are going to be a very important investment. Quality more important than quantity here. Yes, it’d be fun to go crazy and get a rotisserie, warming drawer, AND a pizza oven — but do you really need them all? Be sure to get what you’ll actually use, that it works well, and is made for the outdoors.
Lighting is just as important in your outdoor space as it is inside. Ambiance is great, of course, but safety should really be the first priority when it comes to lighting around an outdoor kitchen. Brighten areas where cooking and other major activity will happen. Pathways should be well-lit, and lounge/dining areas should have adjustable lighting.
Function. As always, it’s important to think about what the primary function of this area will be. Are you a chef-in-training? Then focus on the kitchen appliances, materials and layout. Do you plan on throwing dinner parties? Will this be near a pool? Will it just be an area to lounge, eat and relax? Once you figure this out, you can choose your must-haves for each area and which portion of your outdoor kitchen you’ll want to focus on.
Location. Most outdoor kitchens are going to be situated near the main house. This allows for the easy access of existing utility lines and makes it easy to transport food and other materials to the outdoor cooking area. If these issues aren’t of particular concern for you, be sure to take wind, sun, shade, and access to amenities (such as a pool or a lawn) into consideration before choosing the perfect place.
This little outdoor kitchen has just the right essentials — nothing more, and nothing less. Make sure your appliances can plug into GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets, and are Underwriters Laboratories approved.
As it is in your home, the hearth is often the heart of your outdoor space. A fireplace, firepit or pizza oven can end up becoming even more of a focal point than the grill. Make good use of this gathering space and set up a place to relax and warm up in front of the fire.
Entertainment and dining area. If you like to have people over, odds are you’ll be using your outdoor kitchen for a lot more than just the occasional barbecue. When you’re planning your layout and considering your must-haves, think about how you’ll be entertaining your friends (or yourself). This kitchen has pretty much everything: dining table, lounge area in front of the fire, television and bar.
Including other heating sources besides a fireplace is always a good idea — it’s usually better to provide too many ways to warm up than too little! Try placing them near seating or dining areas for ultimate functionality.
Make sure you have a convenient place to store firewood. This pizza oven has a hideaway for firewood right underneath it, which means no one has to make a late night trek out to the wood pile at the other end of the yard.
Choose seating that is flexible and can be moved around. Allowing guests to move to and from the dining and lounging areas creates a more casual, intimate environment. Install speakers around your entertaining areas to add to the ambiance.
Lounge space. It helps to have your outdoor space covered — just in case. Not only is this a safeguard from the occasional summer shower, but it also offers shade and shelter from wind. You can have a large structure built into your design, like the one shown above.
Add an awning, umbrella, or another temporary option for shelter from the elements. Make sure you’re not using any kind of combustible material for the ceiling or awning above the grill area, and make sure the area is well ventilated.
If you’ve remodeled an indoor kitchen, you know how important it is to have the right amount of counter space — the same goes for the outdoors! Dry space should be a top priority, particularly prep surfaces. This outdoor kitchen has plenty of space to chop up vegetables and meat, mix drinks, and have a little serving station.
Try not to isolate the cook from the rest of the party! Nothing’s worse than getting stuck with grill duty and hearing everyone else having a blast behind your back. Cooking and entertaining places should be seamless, but with a decent amount of separation so there’s no dangerous moments when you’re taking the ribs off the grill. The setup in this photo works well because the cook doesn’t need to leave the single counter and grill area, but can still turn around and interact with the action at the pool.
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Aside from mowing the lawn or pruning the hedges, the garden is a section of the home that is generally left to its own devices. Many people do not have a striking feature in their garden that really draws the attention of guests, unless you count a new gas grill that the male visitors want to try out for themselves. But it doesn’t need to be like this, and achieving a feature in your garden might actually be easier than you think.
Of course, it always helps to have a bit of design inspiration, so check out these ideas below. These grand designs can be scaled down to suit the everyday backyard, but if you have the space you can always try to replicate what you see…
Hot tub gazebo
It is one thing to have a hot tub in your garden, but it is another kettle of fish to have a special home for it. Freestanding hot tubs look great, but it is wonderful to have a structure for it, and some of them are especially nice to look at. Have a look at this one from a company called Arctic Spas – it has a pleasing combination of wood colorings, and the darker shades complement those that are mid toned. As an added extra, there is a 12 foot fold-down bar on the exterior, perfect for hosting a summer party. Visit the website to read full details.
If you already have a mature garden, you may have certain hedges and shrubs that could be perfect for a masterpiece. Shaped bushes have fallen in and out of fashion over time, but retro looks always find a way of coming back into the current environment. You will probably want to do a bit of practicing before you take on anything too ambitious, or you could just call in a specialist gardener.
You often see a bandstand area when walking in a public park, but why not bring one to your very own garden? Whether you have a couple of friends who are into the guitar, or your kids are learning an instrument at school, it can be a great place to get together for a mini concert, especially during the summer months.
A flat garden doesn’t inspire many feelings of pride and love, but the same cannot be said for ones that incorporate different elements and heights. Simple ways of achieving this include a raised decking area, or flower beds that are lifted off the ground. Hanging baskets and light fittings are also ways of incorporating interest at different levels.
Working from home can be made so much easier when you have a separate area to get stuck in to your tasks. This is why a summerhouse can be ideal, as well as being a point of interest in the garden. There are many shapes and sizes available on the market; it will be up to you to choose one that fits in with the overall theme of your garden, or brings something completely different to the table.
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Refreshing in its simplicity, rustic style highlights natural beauty and a rugged, resilient spirit as reflected in these rustic living room designs with organic textures and shapes, and natural warmth. Rustic style can be very varied and interesting and it is a very popular interior style that fits with people who want a unique, handmade quality that is timeless in design. Rustic interiors fit with other styles from minimalist to coastal and can be very romantic and charming. Rustic style attracts people who appreciate traditional values and are looking for high quality furniture that has great functionality. This style is perfect not only for country house but also for modern apartments because it makes any space extremely cozy.
Rustic living rooms are full of charm and warmth, as a great space for entertaining and spending time with family, a rustic fireplace would be a perfect focal point. It can be decorated with rough stone or even with rough wood! Natural wooden floors and soaring ceilings decorated with old wooden beams are the best start for a rustic room. Then choose furniture and accessories according to your taste and the style that you want to combine with rustic. Rustic style can be masculine or feminine, minimalist and shabby chic, hunter’s retreat style and coastal – enjoy the gallery below and feel inspired by the various ways you can style your rustic living room! If you are seeking more inspiration, be sure to check out some of our past articles on rustic inspiration, such as 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms and 38 Unbelievable barn style bedroom design ideas.
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Rough-Hewn Beams: For many of us, this element is the first thing that comes to mind when we think “rustic.” Not only do rough-hewn beams help to define a space architecturally, they can instantly anchor it in rustic territory, especially if they’re left rough and unpolished. Use beams to frame ceilings and delineate doorways, to surround fireplaces and windows, or even to line walls. You can also incorporate rounded logs if you choose, which lends cabin charm.
Organic Forms: Too many mass-produced or overly tailored pieces dilute a room’s rustic style. Instead, choose furnishings and objects with strong, slightly rough profiles, such as the basket shown in the fireplace.
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Use Barn-Inspired Elements: Not only are sliding barn doors, Dutch doors and other details borrowed from outbuildings ultra-functional, they feel apt and appropriate with rustic style.
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