Step Up Your Garden’s Design with Ornaments

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If you’re like most people with a garden, you probably want it to look like an extension of your home, where you can host parties and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. However, if your outside area is just a bare green yard, it may seem difficult to achieve this. Worry not; there are tonnes of stylish ways to decorate your yard, no matter its size. Adding garden ornaments to your outdoor space is a great way to improve its design and make it seem cosy and welcoming. 

Ornaments are a great way to capture attention, improve a garden’s visual appeal, and offer structure and textural interest. Also, using them as decor gives you a chance to showcase your personality. Finding garden ornaments that meet your tastes and budget shouldn’t be difficult given that they come in practically any shape (they can be realistic or abstract, huge or small, simple or intricate, modern or traditional).

When selecting the adornments for your garden, you’ll want to make sure they are eye-catching and reflect your interests, but at the same time don’t feel cramped or cluttered. That said, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before you start your online search. Size, style, and material are all important considerations, but what else should you consider when purchasing garden ornaments? Let’s look at it. 

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Step Up Your Garden’s Design with Ornaments

Design

The term “ornament” refers to a solid item constructed of a substance like wood, clay, metal, or stone that depicts a thing, person, idea, etc. Whether it’s a 3D mural, a garden statue or a modern sculpture, it’s important to consider what you’d like to add to your outdoor space. Which design you choose, however, will somewhat depend on the aesthetic you hope to accomplish for your garden’s design overall, which brings us to the following consideration.

Garden Style

The various choices of classical, native, traditional, and modern garden ornaments available can sometimes make it confusing to know what you like. Even types you wouldn’t often choose can occasionally seem nice. That is why to ensure you make the proper choice, you need to take your home’s décor into account as a whole. 

The type or aesthetic of the decor you choose must complement your landscape. Statues, benches, and similar objects will look good almost everywhere. Modern garden sculptures featuring semi-abstract human forms also fit well in most garden styles. On the other hand, fountains are a better fit for more formal landscapes. 

If your outdoor furniture is trendy and modern, modern garden ornaments will go well with it. Modern ornaments can also be a great fit for a heritage home, but you must be extremely careful not to mix it up too much. For a Japanese-inspired zen yard, a Buddha statue would be most welcome.  

Scale

You’ll also need to determine what scale works best in your garden’s design. Though a huge piece of art in a small garden could serve as a focal point, in general, the size of your artwork should complement the size and layout of your backyard. However, if you decide that you want a large-scale piece of art, using lots of vertical elements will help you create a garden that is beautiful and cheerful. 

Small decorations with intricate details could be just as powerful as bigger ones with a simple design. A standing statue made of marble or bronze will look good in a landscape that already has vertical trees or plants with thin branches. Consider placing your sculpture in the foreground or the centre of your garden if you want it to stand out.

Remember that if you fall in love with a piece that is not exactly the proper height, you can almost always set it on a plinth or pedestal. This trick might be especially useful if your sculpture will be surrounded by lush vegetation.

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Colour 

The use of colour can be quite effective in setting the ambience in your garden. A sculpture with contrasting tones like a stainless steel sculpture can be a great way to bring excitement to your garden. A piece with more natural colours and materials like a bronze sculpture, on the other hand, will provide a more relaxing sensation. Your choice of garden art may truly bring your garden’s elements together and create the mood you’re going for.

Where to Place Garden Ornaments

Perhaps you may not need inspiration because you already know what you like and desire. However, it’s not as simple as you might think to know where to put those sculptures or other decorations  to get the best impact. for your garden’s design. The following advice can help create your plan:

  • For a more natural sense, place plants around your sculptures and ornaments; however, stay away from plants that will cover them up and hide them.
  • Instead of using plants, surround the decor with stones or gravel for a more contemporary look. 
  • Frame pieces with an arbour. 
  • Choose plants whose hue, texture, or growth pattern suits your sculptures. Think about how your location will seem throughout the year. 
  • Place sculptures along water features, on patios with chairs, or even on long walk paths.

How to Look After Your Garden Ornaments

Although garden decor is generally built to survive all weather conditions, there are some extra actions you can take to ensure yours retains its beauty for as long as possible.

You must get your decor ready for the winter season if you reside in an area with subzero temperatures and snowfall. Snow and cold by itself might not be harmful to statues and similar decor, but when there’s frozen water in the crevices, it can put enormous pressure on these regions, causing cracks and even a risk for the statue to break when exposed to this for a long time.

If you wish to avoid this, make sure that these areas are coated with a substance that prevents freezing. One option is salt, but sealing the cracks might also work well.

In addition to providing protection from the cold, you maintain the colour of your statue’s surface by spraying it with wax or polyurethane once a year.

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