Creating a cosy corner in your garden is a great way to make the most of your outdoor space. A cosy corner can be a private, relaxing area where you can unwind after a long day, read a book, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature. There are many ways to create a cosy corner in your garden, and in this blog, we will discuss some ideas to help you transform your outdoor space into a tranquil retreat.
Choose a suitable area
The first step in creating a cosy corner is to choose the perfect location. Look for a spot in your garden that is private, quiet, and sheltered from the wind. If you have a large garden, you may want to choose a spot that is tucked away from the rest of the space, such as a corner or under a tree. Alternatively, if you have a smaller garden, you can create a cosy corner against a wall or fence.
Define the space
Once you have chosen your location, it is time to define the space. This can be done in many ways, such as using a trellis or pergola to create a sense of enclosure or using planters to create a natural boundary. You can also use outdoor rugs, cushions, and curtains to create a cosy and inviting space.
Give some thought to fences and overhanging branches if you want to get a heater or fire going. A corner near a brick wall would give a cosy feeling without the worry of catching fire. You could always add a screen using Corten steel wall panels or add cladding to an unattractive wall to give it a lovely back drop. Alternatively use a coloured wood stain and protector to warm up those bare fence panels to differentiate your cosy corner from the rest of the garden. If you can afford it why not use some porcelain mosaic style tiles to create a weatherproof permanent rug! If you want to create a truly private and secluded space in your garden, consider using natural screens such as hedges, trees, or tall grasses. These will create a natural boundary and help to block out any unwanted noise or distractions. You can also use decorative screens or trellises to create a visual barrier that adds to the overall aesthetic of your cosy corner.
Create a theme
Creating a theme for your cosy corner can help to tie everything together and create a cohesive look. Choose a theme that reflects your personal style and interests, such as a tropical paradise or a rustic retreat. This will help to create a sense of continuity in your garden and make your cosy corner feel like a true escape from the world. Choosing a colour scheme for your cosy corner can help to tie everything together and create a cohesive look. Choose colours that complement the natural surroundings, such as earthy browns, greens, and blues. You can also use bright pops of colour to add interest and excitement to your space.
Use natural materials
Using natural materials such as wood, stone, and rattan style can help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your garden. These materials blend in with the natural surroundings and create a sense of harmony with the environment. Consider using wooden benches, natural stone pavers, and wicker style chairs to create a cohesive look in your cosy corner.
Add some interesting seating
No cosy corner is complete without comfortable seating. Is this a cosy spot for two or an area to involve the whole family? A bistro set can add a lovely intimate feeling and gives you the feeling of a French café, just add the vin! A bench seat can be stylish and practical too especially if there is storage in it for cushions and blankets. Inviting the whole family? A modular corner set will keep everyone comfortably seated and looks stylish too. Choose seating that is weather-resistant, comfortable, and fits in with the overall style of your garden. If you have a small space, consider using a bench or a small set of chairs. Alternatively, if you have a larger space, you may want to invest in a daybed or outdoor sofa for ultimate relaxation.
Light it up!
Lighting is essential to creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere in your garden. Consider adding outdoor fairy lights, lanterns, or candles to create a warm and welcoming glow. You can also use solar-powered lights or LED lights to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.Having different types of lighting at different levels will add warmth and interest. You can start with floor level by adding some uplighters. Consider the warmth of the bulb as white light can feel cold so go for low voltage amber tones for the ultimate in ambience. Add some waist height lighting but make this subtle as you don’t want a glare when seated. Wall lights also add a lovely glow and should complete the levels of light.
Plants are a great way to add colour, texture, and life to your cosy corner. Choose plants that are easy to maintain, such as succulents, herbs, or low-maintenance shrubs. You can also use hanging baskets or vertical gardens to save space and add interest to your garden.
Add a water feature
Water features such as fountains, waterfalls, or ponds can create a calming and relaxing atmosphere in your garden. The sound of water can help to drown out background noise and create a tranquil oasis. If you have a small space, consider using a tabletop fountain or a wall-mounted water feature.
Add some warmth
From candles, fire pits, fire tables and fire columns to full on wood burners and patio heaters, there are many ways to add warming flickering light to your cosy corner. If you want to add a permanent feature, then go the whole hog with a sandstone fire pit kit. Alternatively, if you are on a budget, the metal fire pit is a great choice. Both will be perfect for toasting marshmallows. A wooden or metal wood store is also a great addition for keeping the logs handy to throw on the fire.
Add some interesting personal details
Finally, don't forget the little details that can help to make your cosy corner feel like a true oasis. Add scented candles or essential oils to create a calming atmosphere, use comfortable cushions and throws to create a cosy feel, and add small decorative elements such as birdhouses or wind chimes to add interest and charm to your space. Personal touches such as artwork, sculptures, or decorative objects can help to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere in your garden. Choose pieces that reflect your personal style and add a touch of personality to your outdoor space.
From fairy lights, lanterns, seat cushions, pots and blankets, now's the time to really go to town and put a personal stamp on the space. Have a look around your home to see if there are any existing items you can use around your cosy corner which are weatherproof or easy to put away in inclement weather. This will really finalise the look and encourage you to use the area all year round.
Creating a cosy corner in your garden is a great way to make the most of your outdoor space and create a private retreat where you can relax and unwind. By following these ideas, you can transform your garden into a beautiful and inviting space that you can enjoy all year round. Remember to choose a location that is private and sheltered, add comfortable seating and lighting, and use natural materials and textures to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With a little creativity and imagination, you can create a cosy corner that is perfect for you and your family to enjoy.