Building & Renovating

5 Zen-Inspired Outdoor Areas You'd Love to Have

Calm your senses and be motivated to work on your own mini paradise

Photography: Stylish Eve and Architecture Art Design (Main Photos)

Having a spacious garden is perfect if you love inviting friends over for casual get-togethers, caring for a few plants, and if you simply enjoy quiet afternoons meditating or reading a book. To fully maximize the available outdoor area in your home, you need to amp up the soothing ambiance and laid-back feel! Accomplish this fun task and save the photos below as your pegs:

1. Get new outdoor pieces.

If you have a budget to spare, you may want to invest in new outdoor furnishings to prettify your space. An outdoor area rug can help you pull the look together. Choose a neutral piece or one in a dark color if you're working with wooden seating pieces.

RL Tip: Make it extra cozy by sprucing up the chairs with throws and pillows. As an alternative to string lights, add scented candles in strategic corners for an extra relaxing feel. 

2. Keep it simple with green.

You don't need to have a sprawling garden to be able to achieve a Zen-like vibe. Liven up your limited outdoor space with plants and let these serve as the borders of your space. Complete the look with a bamboo floor mat, floor pillows and cushions, a low center table, and a tray filled with essential oils, scented candles, and accessories.

RL Tip: Maintain a theme by working with a color palette. To achieve a nature-inspired setup, make sure your pieces are in blue, green, and white to keep it pleasing to the eye.

3. Opt for a square hammock.

Let's admit it, sometimes, it can be difficult to relax and sleep in hammock. Achieve a comfortable experience by opting for a square hammock that you can set up in your garden. Hang it on sturdy posts and fill it with pillows. Make sure you place it in a shaded area so you can rest even during hot afternoons.

4. Add an interesting water feature.

They say the sound of water can calm the nerves and make you feel at ease. Take your outdoor area a notch higher by adding a water feature! You don't need to have a big fountain in the middle of the space. Wall-mounted and tabletop fountains are good options to help you save on space.

READ: 3 Types of Water Features You Can Add To Your Garden

5. Create a charming pathway.

If you will look up photos of Zen gardens and whimsical outdoor nooks, you would notice that many have added pretty pathways featuring huge rocks, pebbles, and sometimes even a bridge! Aside from these options, you can also work with bricks (you can even paint them for a quirky touch), marble, and salvaged wood.

Before working on a garden or outoor area project, it's best to consult with a professional! For a list of designers and architects, click here.

Looking for gardening supplies and must-haves? Check out these stores:

  • Handyman, Lower Level Robinsons Galleria, Park Avenue EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City. For a list of branches, click here.
  • Cedarhills Garden Center, #57 Mother Ignacia Street, Capital, Quezon City. Follow them on Facebook.
  • Ace Hardware, click here for a list of branches.
  • True Value, click here for a list of branches.
  • Angel's Blooms Garden, White Plains, Katipunan Road, Quezon City. Follow them on Facebook.

PHOTOS (in order): Dot&Bo | Stylish Eve | Architecture Art Design | Gardening Take | Homedit

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