14 November 2020
Top Tips For A Front Garden Revamp
When we’re revamping our gardens, much of our attention turns to our back gardens. After all, these are typically where we have the most space and where we tend to spend more of our time. However, our front gardens can not only add significantly to the kerb appeal of our properties. They can also be beautiful and soothing spaces in their own right. If your front garden looks a little worse for wear, this could be an excellent project to start planning.
As front gardens are typically smaller than back gardens, this is often an easier and more manageable landscaping project to take on too. So here's our top 3 tips for a front garden revamp.
According to Livingetc, it’s best to start with your front door. You don’t necessarily need to replace the door. however, giving it a fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards improving how your home looks from the street.
Helen Shaw, from paint experts Benjamin Moore, explained that colours such as deep greys and ‘off blacks’ are becoming increasingly popular for front doors. Largely because they make a property “stand out in a subtle and stylish way”. Alternatively, go bold and make a statement with a bright pop of colour or a pastel palette and accessorise with new letterboxes and knockers.
Make a Statement
To help keep your front garden neat and tidy, and to add structural elements to it. You could introduce some statement planters and pots. Look for pots that fit in with the colour scheme you’ve chosen for your front garden.
Another top tip is to group a few pots in the same colour and design together by the front door to really elevate the look of your home. For a more sensory experience, try planting sweet smelling plants such as lavender, rosemary and Jasmin for a lovely welcome home each time.
One of the best reasons to use planters is that you can change them with the season. Updating your pots is an easy way to change the style and look of your outdoor space. It's a great way to keep the front garden seasonal with colour throughout the year.
The next element to look at is the route to your front door, specifically a garden path. Choose a statement path, because it is a key design aesthetic as it’s such a dominant feature.
While you could opt for tiles to create a striking pattern, it’s important that the material you use is hardwearing. Depending on the overall aesthetic of your home, flagstones could be a great option. These work especially well with any homes that have a traditional appearance. Cobbles or brick pavers can offer a more rustic feel to the path and help to create winding paths.
Once you have chosen your garden path, you’ll need to turn your attention to the rest of the space in the front garden. It’s especially important to think about the planting or edging on either side of your path.
If updating your front garden has made you want to tackle your back garden too, make sure you think carefully about your garden path here as well. Real Homes recently highlighted some of the many options for garden paths, using Monty Don’s garden for inspiration.
One element that the publication picked out was how he uses different materials for his path, combining reclaimed bricks and flagstones. This is great for a cottage or country garden look. It can also be a nice way of allowing you to vary the width of the path to suit different parts of your garden.
For garden accessories such as paths and borders, see our sister site Gardenstone.