Time to add some warmth in au­tumn

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

AU­TUMN doesn’t have to see you move in­doors and for­feit out­door re­lax­ation and en­ter­tain­ing.

This is the time to tweak your spaces to make them right for the sea­son and to keep max­imis­ing their po­ten­tial, says Matt Leacy from Lan­dart Land­scapes.

Leacy shares his top land­scap­ing, styling and con­struc­tion tips for cre­at­ing the per­fect au­tumn out­door sur­rounds that work year- round. Warmth is key Con­sider en­clos­ing walls around some key ar­eas in­clud­ing out­door liv­ing rooms and kitchens, and pa­tio ar­eas, which of­ten get used less in the cooler months. If you’re con­sid­er­ing built forms at the big­ger end of the spec­trum, back­yard pavil­ions can be a great op­tion, of­fer­ing loads of cov­ered space for ta­bles, chairs, pots and plants – and lots of pro­tec­tion for out­door en­ter­tain­ing. Cov­ered per­go­las, re­tractable awnings and gaze­bos can also be re­ally good au­tumn ad­di­tions. Colours and ma­te­ri­als Bring warmth into spaces by in­tro­duc­ing warmer colours, es­pe­cially browns, darker reds and blues. I like to do this with cosy coloured cush­ions, chairs and blan­kets. In­tro­duc­ing tim­ber into your spaces is also a great way to en­hance warmth and or­ganic tones. You might add tim­ber to part of your bench seat­ing or your fire pit area.

Ex­posed brick is an­other great ma­te­rial with an abun­dance of warmth and tex­ture and stacked fire­wood is one of the eas­i­est ways to add the ap­pear­ance of warmth.

You can also use plant­ings to team with the au­tumn theme – de­cid­u­ous trees pro­vide some spark as ev­ery­thing else is turn­ing and a beau­ti­ful red maple in a small court­yard can make a world of dif­fer­ence. Heat­ing As au­tumn sets in, fire pits pro­vide a func­tional and stylish way to warm your out­door spaces and keep them suit­able for en­ter­tain­ing and re­lax­ation. The warmth and light gen­er­ated by the pit means you can use all your beau­ti­ful out­door fur­ni­ture in au­tumn.

They’re a great ad­di­tion to a back­yard, deck or pa­tio and they’re far su­pe­rior in am­bi­ence to por­ta­ble heaters and lights. It’s im­por­tant to en­sure the style and size of the pit suits your out­door space and aes­thetic.

The clas­sic campfire at­mos­phere is al­ways a hit with lots of dif­fer­ent op­tions on the mar­ket. You could have a fire­place or a built- in fire pit that dou­bles as a cof­fee ta­ble be­yond the cooler months or just a ba­sic iron or steel bowl.

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