9 Ways to Divide Your Outdoor Space
Whether you have a small or large outdoor space, diving the area not only creates different focal points and uses for the garden, but it also makes it look much more interesting, giving the area character and charm.
Of course, the way you divide your space will largely depend on the shape, how you plan on using it and who will be using the area. For example, a family with small children will need very different outdoor spaces to empty nesters.
To be clear, dividing the garden doesn’t mean putting a fence down the middle of it, it simply means bringing in texture, plants, water features, furniture, and textiles to create zones of interest with a specific purpose. For example, you could separate your entertaining deck from your outdoor lounge and barbeque area.
If you’re looking to transform your front or back yard and need inspiration, here are nine ways to divide the space.
1. Decide on different areas
The first thing to do is to decide what kind of areas you need and where they will be. For instance, if you have an outdoor kitchen (or even an indoor one that’s very close to the back doors), it’s wise to put in a designated dining space outside. That means you can enjoy the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that so many Australians love.
Also, if you have kids, you also may consider some designated play areas. If you go down this route, it’s a good idea to actually make it child-friendly. Lay some grass and if you can, fence it at least three quarters of the way around so you know they’ll be safe and sound while outside.
2. Use plants
One of the easiest ways to divide a space is by using plants. A low hedge, some large pots or even a flowering garden bed can be used to separate one area from another. You can also use pots or planter boxes as pathways, leading towards a specific area. For example, if you have a lounge area, putting in a pathway leading up to it entices people to take a walk and visit.
3. Touches of colour
A lovely and bright way to separate different spaces is to bring in some colour, for example a wall with painted accents. You can even use the colours on the wall in your furnishings so it truly complements the space.
4. Screen it up
There are numerous ways you can use screens to add extra layers and textures to your outdoor area. Whether it’s laser-cut screens, trellis with some climbing plants or horizontal timber fencing, all options help cordon off specific areas, provide privacy if you need some and give any area a modern feel. Plus, the great thing about all options is that they still let natural light in.
5. Stepping stones
Stepping stones are the perfect way to separate areas. Not only do they create a pathway, but they also help divide the space. They’re lovely around pools as well, especially if there is a flow from grass to water, adding another dimension to the “room”.
6. Bring in some art
Sculptures and outdoor art are gorgeous ways to divide your space. They’re interesting to look at and really a lovely option to traditional screens or fences. If you’re a bit creative, you can even create a sculpture yourself or if you don’t have that gene, there are plenty you can purchase from hardware stores, galleries or nurseries.
While it does take a bit of upkeep to ensure bamboo is well-maintained, the plant is perfect for screening off different areas. Plus, the golden canes still let the light through, and can also create some interesting shadows on the ground. Just bear in mind that you will need to trim it back quite often to ensure it doesn’t take over the whole space.
8. Clad the walls
There are so many options when it comes to wall cladding, even within specific minerals. Stone wall cladding can create a lovely natural look which can blend seamlessly into the garden space. Whether it’s herringboned, brick-style or naturally broken stones pieced together, all make lovely selections. Wall cladding works great as a surrounding wall for a specific area or even as a pathway or low wall to sit on.
9. Pop in a pergola
To add shade or protection from the elements you might want to add an area with some walls or roofing. A pergola, whether walled or open, can act as a seating area, lounge area or entertaining area. You can even use trellis as the walls so it’s lovely and airy. And it can be positioned literally anywhere in your garden – right bang smack in the middle, on grass, decking or stone, or even in the corner of a deck. Then you can go nuts on decorating the space to really make it pop by adding furniture, textiles, and lights.