Chelsea CottageEclectic Conservatory, London
Mark Williams Photographer
What Houzz contributors are saying:
How can I utilise my garden’s fence or wall?“A nicely designed fence can continue the ‘lines’ right to the back of the garden, increasing the illusion of space,” Stephen says. “Fencing with thin, horizontal banding draws the eye out and can neatly contain different elements of a garden, such as a seating area, outbuilding or planting scheme.”“Boundary lines can be dressed to echo the interior of the house and blend the spaces,” Peter says. “Paint them in colours that match or echo those used inside. There are a number of colours that can really show off the plants, as well as darker shades that look like shadow and can make the garden feel bigger.” Don’t forget lighting. “You can create atmosphere by uplighting brick walls or natural boundaries, such as hedging,” Peter says.As well as colour, think about materials and the degree of privacy you need. “Could the boundary also be used as a framework or surface for plants to grow up?” Chris says.
The wall nibs between the dining room and seating area were taken right back to open up the space. “We wanted to make a connection with the outside, so we chose soft greens again as a visual link,” Joy says. “We kept the furniture playful and modern, with a good sense of scale in the small room,” she adds. “We had fun with the fabric on the sofa by choosing a pattern for the back.”Joy also played with scale in the room, choosing tall lamps and taking the curtains right up to the ceiling. “It’s not a big footprint, so we emphasised the vertical space,” she says.Radiator cover, Cool Radiators. Sofa and footstool, Designers Guild.