MAK­ING THE MOST OF AU­TUMN

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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.

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