How To Brighten a Shady Garden

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Here Are Some Ideas On How To Make Your Garden Lighter!

We’ve put together ideas on how you can make small changes to your woodwork, plants and landscaping materials to achieve maximum light exposure in your garden!

One of the many pleasures of summer is being able to sit outside in the warm sunshine. Plants need the sun’s light just as much as we do; the nourishing sunbeams provide energy needed for a garden to flourish and grow.

Sadly, a house cannot be moved around in order to achieve maximum light exposure. The sad truth is, a north-facing garden will always be a north-facing garden. But alas, not all is lost! There are certain things you can do that will help you to increase the amount of light your garden gets.

Paints Walls And Fences White

Do you have any old walls? Or any timber structures like sheds, pergolas or rose arches? A great tip for these would be to paint them in white or cream. The white surfaces will reflect and diffuse light in many different directions. This increase in light will be a benefit to nearby plants and will immediately brighten up your garden.

Carefully Choose Hard Landscaping Materials

The colour of your paving, if you’re thinking about laying a path or patio, is certainly something that needs to be thought about. If you’re going to use hard landscaping materials, then stick with warm, pale-honey colour tiles or silver granite paving to help reflect light.

Try to avoid dark grey or khaki tiles, or slate chipping. Darker colours do not reflect light very well and in a dark garden, they can look quite sad, especially when wet!

Highlight With Plants

A shady garden can be brightened up using white flowers and variegated foliage, or some Spring coloured woodland plants. This creates the illusion of light, and as the sun sets the white will stand out.

It’s important to choose plants that can help to create the illusion of more light, and help to brighten your garden up with their beautiful colours. The flowers of choice for this could be the Pulmonaria or Dicentra, both of which are delicate, dainty flowers that vary in vibrant colour and can help to jazz up a shady garden.

Mirrors

Mirrors are an increasingly popular way of creating an illusion of space in a garden, which can also reflect light and heat from the sun. To do this, place a mirror in the brightest area of your garden, and direct it towards the darkest area; this will improve the light your garden gets.

Make sure not to use a magnifying mirror, or direct multiple mirrors to the same spot, as in some cases this can cause an accidental fire!

Water features

A water feature can bring sounds of nature to your doorstep, attract natural wildlife and can adapt to fit in any size space. They’re a great feature of a garden, and can give people something to talk about!

Glass garden sculpture

A glass garden sculpture can help to reflect light around a garden. Pick a coloured glass sculpture and you will add some all-year-round colour to your garden, with beautiful bright colours being reflected around the space.

If you’re thinking about a glass sculpture, or any kind of sculpture, make sure the area it’s placed in is clear and not at risk of falling onto something else or being shattered by overhead factors, such as dead or damaged branches.

Follow these easy steps and ideas to transform a shady garden into a brighter garden!

Add Value To Your Home With A Luxury Sun Room

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Maximise Your Living Space With A Modern Conservatory Extension

The best luxury sun room extensions complement the style and interior of the existing property, using building materials and décor that blends in seamlessly.

If you’re looking for a way to extend the living space within your home, whilst opening it up to the garden, then a sun room is an ideal investment for your property. According to the Telegraph, a conservatory extension costing in the region of £4000 – £10,000 could increase the value of your home by 5% in the current economic climate. However, it is important to ensure that this luxury sun room is designed and built well, otherwise cheap extensions can actually put buyers off when it is time for you to sell.

Blend Your Living Spaces

Modern living has seen an increase in homeowners opting for large open-plan areas which combine kitchens, dining and living areas into one huge space. Many are now utilising their outdoor garden areas and choose to create a free-flowing environment with a sun room acting as that transitional space between the joys of nature outdoors and the comfort of interior living. If you wish to add a bespoke conservatory to your property, then it is essential that it complements the existing style of your home. It may be exciting to design and decorate your new space, but try to keep the same flooring as the rest of your downstairs area to ensure that it blends well with your current interiors. Similarly, choose tones that add balance to your existing colour scheme.

Matching Materials

In order to add value to your home, it is also vital that your sun room looks attractive from the exterior of your property, and is seen as a structural addition to the home. This means using building materials that match the existing components of your building. Naturally, you would expect a sun room to feature more glass or uPVC than other exterior walls of your house. However, it is still possible to blend the extension seamlessly with a similar style of timber, bricks, roof tiles or cladding.

Heating and Cooling

One aspect of sun rooms and conservatories that has been a problem in the past, is the ability for these spaces to retain an ambient temperature. Unfortunately, many sun rooms have a tendency to overheat during the summer, yet are too cold to enjoy in the winter. This can render this type of additional living space unusable for large portions of the year, if the extensions have not been built with a consideration of temperature in mind. When planning your conservatory extension, it is important to choose a design that avoids overheating by installing an air-conditioning unit, ceiling fan or specialist conservatory blinds. Similarly, you must consider ways to insulate the space in winter, by building the extension with double-glazing and potentially underfloor heating.

Always choose a reputable building company and designer that is willing to discuss various design options with you. A sun room will only add true value to your property if you can use it to maximise the living space in your home. Many luxury sun room extensions fall under the ‘Permitted Development’ regulations, so as long as you adhere to these various standards, then it should be very easy for you to create that dream extension in 2017!