Article by Nick Rinylo
Let’s face it, we create meaning in our physical world – be it through the objects we collect, maintaining a tidy environment or even how we choose to decorate our home. Often, our homes can say a lot about how we feel on the inside. In some cases, they can even influence our moods entirely, whether we’re aware of it or not.
A cluttered home can entrap a person and make it tricky to get things done. The same goes for your garden. Whilst it may seem pretty superficial, it’s important to remember that your interior reflects your exterior and vice versa. Sure, as humans, we have a basic need for shelter. But this instinct for security only scratches the surface.
Beyond that, we also need comfort, beauty and inspiration – all of which can be found in your garden. In fact, designing your garden with your well-being in mind can do wonders for your mental health. That’s why we’re sharing our top peaceful garden ideas.
How do you make a peaceful garden?
If you’re in need of a bit of zen in your life, here are six surefire ways to make a garden peaceful.
1. Clear and clean your garden
Unsurprisingly, one of the first peaceful garden ideas we’re bringing is to clean up your garden. So simple, yet so effective. We all know that dishes in the sink and piles of laundry around the house can cause stagnant energy. And your garden is no different!
Spending an hour or two cleaning up your garden can totally help you switch off and relax. So, look around your garden and get to work. Get rid of weeds, cut the grass and find a suitable home for gardening equipment.
If you really want to revive your mood, consider cleaning your outdoor furniture. Freshening up your outdoor furniture will give your garden an instant makeover. Plus, that way, you can soak up the sun’s rays without worrying about dirt and debris.
2. Install a water feature
Gardens are the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with nature. Having said that, if you live in the city or next to a busy road, it can be tricky to block the rest of the world out. Luckily, you can drown out unwanted noise and create that much-needed tranquil ambience by installing a water feature.
Remember, you don’t need to install a huge fountain in the middle of your garden. Even the smallest of water features can make a big difference and aid meditation – whether it’s a bubbling stream from a small ornament or a gentle waterfall in a pond.
Don’t forget to think carefully about the maintenance and logistics of your water feature. Is the water feature self contained or will you have to connect your fountain to a water supply?
Equally, it’s important to think long and hard about the design of your water feature. At the end of the day, it’s all about creating cohesion. You want to make sure that the style of your chosen water feature marries well with the architecture of your home. After all, it can be difficult to blend an old-fashioned water feature into a contemporary space.
3. Hang wind chimes
Another easy way to transform your garden into a tranquil oasis is to hang wind chimes near your seating area. Wind chimes emit soothing sounds to help create the zen garden of your dreams.
Traditional aluminium chimes are often a firm favourite. If you’re looking for something a little less harsh, however, consider getting bamboo chimes instead. They are much softer and produce a mellower chime (your neighbours will certainly appreciate this!). Not to mention, they are a great choice for those who prefer the natural aesthetic.
4. Create a dedicated gravel area
If you really want to go the extra mile, why not go down the traditional route? This next peaceful garden idea takes inspiration from traditional mini zen gardens.
Pale hues of fine gravel or sand can be quite soothing. They can also make the area they’re in look larger. Using a rake, you can get creative with patterns and create waves to make breathtaking focal points. Ta-da! You have your own mini zen garden.
Plus, simply creating patterns and raking through the gravel can be quite the meditative experience.
5. Arrange miniature rockeries
This next one may seem simple, but it’s without a doubt one of the most effective peaceful garden ideas. To transform your garden into a retreat and create pockets of interest, try arranging small rock gardens.
Hot tip for creating mini zen gardens: it’s a good idea to choose textures and tones that complement the architectural features of your home.
6. Create a comfortable seating area
When it comes to outdoor furniture, we tend to be less fussy than when picking furniture for inside our homes. But in reality, we should put as much thought into choosing our outdoor furniture as we do when picking a sofa for the living room or even an office chair.
Ideally, you should be able to relax on your outdoor furniture for an extended period of time. It’s also crucial that your outdoor furniture supports your body.
Just imagine catching up with friends and tucking into some alfresco nibbles whilst swaying on a hanging chair. Sounds like a dream, right?
At Skyline Design, we specialise in designing all-weather luxury outdoor furniture. We offer a wide range of outdoor furniture, including daybeds, sofas, and much more. Get in touch today and discover how we can help you make your garden more peaceful.
We hope these peaceful garden ideas provide some inspiration. For more garden design tips, visit our blog.