Outdoor SpacesMediterranean Garden, Albuquerque
Outdoor furniture: EMU from Room & Board.
Photography by: Chris Martinez
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Using a shade sail with four or more points allows for more curves. With more tension created, a crisp, tight look can be achieved. This Sante Fe-style courtyard garden is the perfect size for a shade sail to stretch from one side to the other. While you don’t need to remove a shade sail when summer’s over, taking down your sail for the winter months will help to extend its life. This also allows low sun to enter your home and warm it up. How to select garden shades and shelters
Painting existing boundary structuresUnless you’ve moved into a brand new subdivision, chances are you’ll have inherited the boundary fences or walls. If these are not too flash, there are plenty of things you can do to improve them without breaking the bank. Remember, fences or walls are very dominant features in a garden so if they’re horrible – change them before you do anything else. Paint and stains are marvellous things; they can hide a multitude of sins. Paint can be used to spruce up concrete, timber, steel, iron, even brick. For a coordinated look, match the colour to one of those used on your house, e.g. on window trim.PROS: This option is low cost, requires little DIY skill, saves you money on building new boundary structures and instantly revitalises the garden.CONS: Painted structures need regular maintenance.
Paint a wallA feature wall of bright colour can inject personality into any room, and the same goes for a courtyard garden or roof terrace. So try painting a boundary wall to bring a bolt of year-round colour to your exterior.Best paints and colours under the Australian sun
Painted walls. A little wedge of patio becomes an outdoor room when the wall is painted and the space is given the same consideration you’d give an indoor room.