Penthouse - West HampsteadContemporary Terrace, London
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Keep it simplePrefer a more minimal look? It’s possible to give your space a tropical feel by adding just a couple of statement container plants. These palm trees are exotic enough to transform the look of this roof terrace, and to make the owner feel as if they’ve been transported from their urban neighbourhood to an exotic retreat.Planning a seating area like this? Find a carpenter or joiner in your area
Freshen up seating Frequently brush down built-in or permanent outdoor seating and tidy up planters. Re-cover outdoor cushions for a new look that doesn’t cost the earth. Try hardworking cotton or cotton/polyester-mix fabrics designed for the outdoors that can be washed or wiped down. Even one or two new covers will make a difference.
If your space is too limited for a cumbersome corner sofa, make use of the wall space by building in some bench seating instead. This wooden ledge fills the area along two walls to really maximise the space. To turn it into a lounging zone, add plenty of cushions to rest your head on.Tempted? Find carpenters and joiners in your area
Scale upWhen designing a small space it’s tempting to try and fit lots of small plants into the space, but it can actually pay to do the opposite, and use just one or two large-scale specimens to create the feeling of a bigger space. It might sound counter-intuitive, but it’s a tried and tested interior design technique, and works just as well outdoors. In this small terrace there are only two plants, but thanks to their generous proportions it feels like a lush and green rooftop hideaway. Tall plants or big shrubs also draw the eye upwards; a useful design trick in a small space.
Introduce a tropical tokenPalm prints are everywhere at the moment, so why not try this key interiors trend in your garden? Hardy palm varieties, including Dwarf Palmetto and Mexican Blue, are slow-growing and can easily withstand British winters.
Design a super-simple roof gardenBefore you dismiss roof gardens as difficult to design, take a look at this simple, L-shaped bench, which is deep enough to act as a lounger for summer lazing. It also has space underneath that could be used for storage.The simplicity of the seat and having just two big planters with great statement palms in them make this an immensely usable space with no frills but bags of style.