Ultra customized outdoor spaces have been very popular for the past few years. As the idea of the “staycation” became popular in the mid-2000’s so did our obsession as a culture to make a one-of-a-kind space for ourselves and our family. One benefit of this is that if we use the spaces that we create we are getting outside more. We know that being outside has benefits for our minds and our bodies. Now the trend seems to be going towards making these spaces more relaxing.
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Creating outdoor spaces to sit and meditate or just be calm is a big trend. Perhaps you are sitting and meditating, perhaps you are doing yoga. Maybe you are reading a book. You may want to design a specific place for this in your landscape. A little area that is simplified in plant palette to create a simplistic, calming effect is great for medication. Or has something sweet smelling growing to soothe your senses. Creating a sense of enclose may be cozy for curling up with a good read.
There are plenty of easy ways to make your outdoor space feel more “zen”.
Consider adding the following elements:
1. Add a water feature. This can be as simple as a bird bath or reflecting pool or as advanced as a fountain, waterfall or pond.
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2. Lighting. Add some solar lights to add some ambiance to your space. Bonus – you can use your space at night as well.
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3. Add an area of sand or gravel. Adding an area with sand of gravel is a simple way to create a clean and uncomplicated area within your space. This can create a calming effect.
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4. Create a screen. By adding a fence, screen or hedge you can visually cut out distracting areas.