No longer content with simply personalising the indoors, we are seeing a growing trend in homeowners choosing a distinct style for their backyard, one that compliments their own taste as well as the style of the home.
One of the most popular styles that is beginning to emerge is inner city chic, due in part to its stylish, contemporary nature and the fact that backyard space is becoming even more limited.
While small, this is certainly not the defining characteristic of inner city chic, rather think smart, multi-usage pieces and a clever use of limited space. This style is modern and minimalist and perfect for the time poor and those that love to entertain. Here’s how to create the look in any backyard:
1. Add a vertical garden
To maximise available space, add a functional vertical garden to an unused wall. Layering by colour and texture will add visual interest and make the space look even bigger. There are lots of ways to create a vertical garden; using individual aluminium pots will provide a chic finish.
2. Start from the ground up
Space is limited and every purchasing decision counts because it will be highly visible. It’s like a painting, you need to start with the right canvas and for your city chic space the foundation is your flooring. Large format pavers work best in small spaces as they give the impression of greater space. Choose a dark colour for a modern and minimalist look and avoid intricate patterns. Euro Stone in the linear 600×400 perspective can be used to great effect and the natural grey Zurich colour is a popular choice for this style as it’s in vogue with city living.
3. Think multi-function
With space generally at a minimum, clever storage solutions are a must to create your functional outdoor space. A wall mounted bike rack will not only save space; they can look pretty stylish too.
4. Light it up
The right lighting will add another dimension to your outdoor space. Industrial style chrome or copper features will complement the space with a minimalist touch.
5. Choose furniture wisely
Choose space savvy furnishings that double as extra storage to help get the most from your backyard. Select a dining set where the seats fit discreetly underneath and can be tucked away if not in use. We can often get caught up in buying the biggest settings thinking about the rare occasions where we entertain the whole street! I recommend buying pieces that suit your most common use – which is generally hosting the family or a small group.
— Jason Hodges is Australia’s well-loved celebrity landscaper, most notably seen on the Channel Seven lifestyle TV show Better Homes and Gardens. Jason is also a brand ambassador for Australia’s leading masonry manufacturer Adbri Masonry.