Contemporary Garden Inspiration Anyone Can Do

Are you looking to update your garden space this year? Now the clocks have changed, the days are longer and hopefully the weather starts to improve, it’s time to turn our attention outside and think about improving our outdoor space after the long winter.

There are lots of ways to update your garden, and depending on the kind of space you have, you could try one of my ideas below. As I’m a big fan of anything contemporary, I’ve pulled together some bang on trend suggestions that anyone can include.

Update your Paving:

patio-pictures-easy-paveWell it’s not the least expensive and it might require a professional or two but changing your patio and paving is a great way to add some contemporary styling to your garden. Eating and entertaining outdoors is incredibly popular and a great way to increase the space of your home. The guys at Easy Pave have some great ideas and suggestions, like this one above where the seating and fire pit have been created in a similar material to the paving to create a seamless, clean look.


Contemporary plantsAdding some evergreen architectural plants into any garden will instantly give it a modern, contemporary twist. Of course adding them in pots, is ideal if you don’t have space or have a patio or terrace style space, and makes it easy to change the look by moving them around. Now I’m no expert when it comes to plants, I just like to try things out and see how it goes, but if you’re looking for some real advice on what to plant and when, check out Growing Family and her ‘What to Plant Now‘ series for lots of great tips.

Paint a Wall:

Painted black garden wallI wrote recently that adding black to both indoor and outdoor spaces is becoming increasingly popular. If you think about it, black is the perfect colour for an outdoor wall or fence. It will allow the plant and flower colour to really shine and pop, and if you co-ordinate your pot or decor colour to the black you can really add some stunning effects.

Build a Summer House:

summer houseOk so this might not be a quick or cheap project but if you have the resources, a summer-house makes a stunning addition to any contemporary garden. My good blogging buddy Amanda has just installed one in her garden, and styled it as a fabulous chilling out space, which you can see HERE. If you’re looking for inspiration for how to use you newly installed summer-house, you’ll find bags of it on her blog.

What will you be doing to your garden this year?

Images: Easy Pave || Contemporary Garden via Shutterstock || Black wall || Summer House

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Sam
    March 31, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    I love the simple concrete planters – very modern and the grey will contrast nicely with any plants you put in it

  2. Gemma
    April 1, 2016 / 7:31 am

    I love the whole painting fencing/decking etc etc black trend! I did consider doing it with my own garden but I only changed the colour of my fences in my back garden last year (from that horrible red cedar to a dark oak colour) but I wonder if I can paint the fences in my front garden black and whether it will look ok? We’re in the process of having our drive extended and redone and I keep trying to convince my fiance that we neeeeeeeeed white stone for the driveway. He’s not convinced but hopefully I can sway him and then have contrasting black fences either side.

    Gemma x
    The British Feather – A Uk interiors, travel & lifestyle blog

  3. Japanese Knotweed Expert Ltd
    April 5, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Great post. Love the garden furniture in the first picture!

  4. Pia
    April 5, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. We have recently done up our garden. I hope you don’t mind if I share your link on my post? Pia X

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