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Entirely paved outdoor spaces are one of those practical garden designs that can be great for families or just individuals who can’t be bothered to spend every nice weekend cutting the grass. The only trouble is that, if you want to avoid a truly boring space with this low-maintenance option, you’re going to need to turn your mind to making this a more interesting outdoor choice.
After all, no one loves wall-to-wall concrete, and making this mistake is more likely to see you forgetting about this space altogether than getting more use out of it. Luckily, some easy design specifics can help you to avoid that eventuality, the best of which we’re going to consider here.
Get your flooring right
While the idea of a ‘paved; outdoor area may remind us of the concrete patches that every estate was famed for back in the 80s, there’s a lot more you can do here than just pouring in cement and hoping that the cat doesn’t walk on it. In fact, there are now some great options for adding a more attractive finish to your low-maintenance outdoors, including stylish outdoor tiles complete with marble effect, wood panel styling, and beyond, as well as basic round, square, and hexagonal brick pavers that will surely look more appealing. Even opting for decking atop your concrete setup could add some much-needed interest. Simply do your research, consider the space you have, and think about what would look best for your purposes.
Embark on container gardening
Getting rid of your lawn makes sense if you don’t love gardening, but removing every shred of greenery is guaranteed to leave your outdoors feeling a little stagnant. Luckily, there is an easy way to inject life without undoing the ease of this design, and it comes in the form of container gardening. Great for growing everything from flowers to potatoes, herbs, etc. this is a surprisingly easy, low-maintenance addition, especially if you opt for container plants like succulents that pretty much look after themselves. Then, displaying small groups of pots around the borders of your paved area, or even investing in shelving units for smaller additions, can add interest, beauty, and a touch of the outdoors precisely where you need it.
Focus on furniture
With less to distract the eye, there’s a lot more scrutiny on your garden furniture in a paved space. That can be a problem if you invest in ill-fitting or poorly made pieces, but making careful, informed decisions here can also see you setting your paved outdoors alight. Additions including custom-made seating units, well-sized tables, and even loungers that run parallel to your boundaries can all help make this an appealing place to spend time, providing everything you and your guests could need, and allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a paved design, rather than missing out on what it supposedly lacks.
Paved gardening isn’t for everyone, but if you fancy the simple life, then you could well benefit from considering these ways to make it work for you.