MAKING THE MOST OF AUTUMN
AUTUMN doesn’t have to see you move indoors and forfeit outdoor relaxation and entertaining.
This is the time to adapt and 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.
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.
Colours and materials
Bring lots of 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. 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, as well as serving a practical purpose as you start using the fire pit again.
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.