3 Gorgeous Garden Design Ideas for Luxury Outdoor Spaces
At Love Happens Magazine, we’re all about luxury living—and this isn’t limited to inside your home. Today, we’re going to be heading into the great outdoors, exploring a variety of ways you can create an outdoor space that feels every inch as luxurious and opulent as your home’s interior. Whether you’re all about sophisticated cocktail soirees or channeling your inner zen, you’ll find all the inspiration you need for luxury garden design right here.
3 Gorgeous Luxury Garden Design Ideas for Outdoor Living
1. Choose Colors Wisely
For luxury garden design, getting your color palette just right is key.
If you love minimalist style inside your home, you can echo the simplistic sentiment outside, too. A pared-back aesthetic with neutral tones like cream, beige, grey, brown, and even black evokes a strong connection to nature and creates a refined and soothing feel.
To give yourself a versatile base color, opt for paler hues for floors and walls. For an ultra-zen space, layer the look with a monochromatic color scheme. Or introduce contrasting colors using integral design features like plants and furniture for added interest.
At the other end of the color spectrum, use dark grey and black as your dominant color for hardscaping materials. Paired with oversized tropical plants, you can transform an average outdoor space into an opulent, jungle-inspired oasis. Especially when you introduce metallic accents for that ultimate luxury finish.
2. Stimulate the Senses
Whether you’re an outdoorsy type or not, one of the beauties of spending time outside is how it stimulates each of your senses. A luxury garden design can offer so many opportunities to do this. From the buzzing sound of insects to fragrant flowers and textural variety, let nature be the star of your grand outdoor area.
For foliage, choose a wide mix of plant species that will give your garden added depth, color, and texture throughout the seasons. Be sure to include some evergreen plants and shrubs so your garden remains looking luscious all year round, too. Equally, ensure you include some flowers and plants that emit enticing aromas. Roses and herbs are a good place to start.
For landscaping, move away from an expansive lawn. Instead, introduce a wide variety of materials and split levels to create textural and visual experiences. For example, create textural contrasts using a blend of smooth and rough surfaces, like smooth outdoor tiles flush against wooden panel raised beds.
Don’t forget to include a focal point like a water feature—this lends a visual impact, while its soothing sound will transport you to a spa-like scene.
3. Champion Comfort
To ensure your efforts with the right color scheme and sense-centric design features don’t fall short, champion comfort with your finishing touches. With the right choice of furniture and soft furnishings, you’ll effortlessly give your outdoor area a cohesive and sophisticated finish.
First up, nail down your seating. Think about how you want to use the space, so your seating perfectly meets your needs. For entertainers, comfortable seating space is a must, while loungers may prefer more horizontal surfaces for relaxation.
In small spaces, look to incorporate built-in seating that makes use of awkward corners while delivering a sleek, functional finish. For less formal seating, elegant hanging chairs, wicker poufs, and stylish floor cushions can give more flexibility without compromising comfort.
In large gardens, go all out by creating dedicated dining and relaxation areas. For alfresco entertaining, keep things comfy yet classy with a bespoke dining table finished with sumptuous lounging chairs. For the ultimate relaxation zone, you can’t go wrong with a four-poster sunbed primed for taking a load off.
Elsewhere, give your outdoor space an indoor feel by introducing a variety of fabrics and furnishings. From outdoor rugs and decorative ornaments to soft throws and scatter cushions, mirroring the look of interior decor touches will create a plush outdoor living room fit for any occasion.
Whatever finishing touches you choose for a luxury garden design, always buy with quality in mind. This should give your outdoor interiors added longevity as well as the right ingredients for curating a chic and sophisticated finish you’ll never tire of.
We hope these luxury garden design ideas will give you all the inspiration to style out your own outdoor areas. And with summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make a start, giving outdoor spaces a gorgeous makeover that champions luxury at every turn.
About the Author
Suhayl Laher works at Tiles Direct, one of the UK’s largest independent tile distributors and retailers – bringing design inspiration to homeowners, architects, and developers.