Great Locations For Art In the Garden

A garden is about so much more than flowers and plants. You can add a great deal of personality and interest to your garden by incorporating art into your design. Some people can be a little nervous about how they can integrate art into their own yard, but once you take the first step you will be hooked. Here are some ideas about where you can put art in your garden.

On a Blank Wall

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Photo by Karen Roe

You know that blank space that you have been wondering what to do with for years? The side of the shed, the garage or your patio wall? Use it to stage some art! There are so many ways that you can use art when you can attach it to a structure. Once you start thinking about the things that you can do to brighten up that blank wall, your imagination will run wild.

You can paint directly on the wall. We know that may sound difficult, but it is easy to use a stencil if you are not confident enough to paint directly onto the wall free hand.

You can also attach a piece of art onto the wall. This is a really easy way to brighten up a blank or unattractive space.

Somewhere Unexpected

Garden art is meant to be entertaining and pleasing to the eye. You can achieve an interesting effect by placing garden art in an unexpected place. There are so many things that you can do. Why not put something fun like a gargoyle, a Buddha or a cheeky gnome somewhere less obvious? Hide something funny in a tree or around a curve in the walk way.

Think Above the Ground

You do not just have to limit yourself to placing art on the ground. Look up to the sky to see how you can incorporate height into your garden. One of the easiest ways to use height is to place something in a tree or hang it from some branches. We love to hang metal ornaments at eye level, so that they draw your eye. Moving objects such as hanging wind ornaments can be a lot of fun and relaxing to look at.

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Photo by Simone Ramella

You don’t have to wait until Christmas time to decorate a tree. You can create year around interest by hanging ornaments and lights on a tree.

Do Not Be Afraid to Experiment

Art is meant to be enjoyed. Do not worry if you think that an idea won’t work – experiment and have fun with the whole idea of using art in your garden. There is no right or wrong answer – you should plan to create something which you enjoy.

You can buy inexpensive pieces or make things yourself, so that you can explore your own sense of style, without having to spend a lot of money on your project. Once you get more familiar with what works for you and what doesn’t, you can branch out into things which cost a little more. There is no need to spend a huge amount of money on incorporating art into your garden design.

 

How to Use Tromp L’oeil In Your Garden

Have you ever thought about using a tromp l’oeil in your garden? This technique isn’t used very often these days. It is an interesting technique which uses a two-dimensional piece of art, or a mirror, to deceive the brain into thinking that there is more beyond that point. It could be a painting of an archway leading to a scene which looks as though there is more of the garden in the distance – when in fact it is just a flat surface.

It isn’t an easy technique, and if it is done badly it can look very out of place. However, if you know some of the rules to follow it can add an interesting art piece to your garden. It will certainly be a talking point for visitors. If you can create an effective trompe l’oeil you will definitely be one of the few who can! However, you do need to be really sure that you know what you are taking on, as this is not a technique which everyone can pull off.

One of the simplest ways to achieve the effect is to use a mirror. To make this work you have to find some way of integrating the mirror into your surroundings. You can’t simply put a mirror at the bottom of the garden and think that the reflection back is going to work as a trompe l’oeil. It has to fit seamlessly into the landscape for the trick to work. You need to frame the mirror in some way to make it appear as a natural part of the garden.

You can do this by using either another structure, planting, or a combination of both. One idea is to use a trellis at the top and the sides and then put the planting around it. This softens the edges so that it fits into the design and begins to look less like a mirror. Usually it is better to set the mirror at a slight angle. This helps with the reflection of the light to make it look like a more natural and convincing feature.

For the sake of safety, it is a good idea to use an acrylic mirror and not a glass one. This is not just out of consideration for the humans in the garden, but also the animals. Pets and wild animals can be confused by the optical illusion. Birds can fly into it if it is a particularly well executed tromp l’oeil.

The more conventional tromp l’oeil design uses paintings. The possibilities are endless, but again, you have to make sure that you have a talented artist to create this effect for you, or it could end up looking very out of place. It is possible these days to purchase generic tromp l’oeil prints, so it makes it affordable for more people. However, you do need to be careful to ensure that the design works in your particular setting. Use plants and structures to integrate it into your garden.

 

Photo by muffinn

Designing a Living Wall for Your Home and Garden

Living walls have become incredibly popular. The idea first emerged in commercial garden and building design, but now has become very popular in domestic garden design. It is a very easy way to add interest to your garden or interior design so that you can create a unique piece of art.  Make sure to heed our warnings about water damage if building an interior wall garden.

You can have living wall art in both the inside and outside of your home. Having a vertical garden can brighten up a blank wall on the outside of your house, or be used as an attractive wall feature inside your home. The possibilities are endless. You can create something which is purely decorative, or if you grow herbs it can be functional as well.

There are many pre-made wall art containers which are now on the market. You can choose from ones which are pre-planted, or just buy the frame and do the planting yourself.

Even though it may look a little difficult to make your own wall art with plants, with some patience and some skill, you can easily make one of these features yourself. You will then have the satisfaction of knowing that you have created your own living work of art. It is fascinating to see how it changes as it grows.

Your first step is to think about the basic needs of your plants. It doesn’t matter whether plants are in a wall art structure or a more conventional pot, they still have the same basic needs to survive. They need light, so you need to make sure that you are going to put your plant wall art in a place where they will get plenty of light. Obviously, they will also need soil and water. All your wall art garden needs is to be able to fulfil these needs. If you look after them, your plants will flourish and you will have an amazing wall decoration.

There are many different types of plants which you can grow in a wall container. One of the most popular types of plants which are used in wall containers is succulents. These are great for wall art as they tend to be interesting shapes and are easy to care for. Succulents need watering when the soil becomes dry and this tends to be around every 7 days or so. This means that they are very easy to look after and require little maintenance.

Herbs can also make a very attractive wall art feature. This also has the obvious advantage that you can use the fresh herbs when you cook. There is nothing like the taste of fresh herbs which you have just picked yourself. This can be a great wall art feature for your kitchen or just outside your back door. It is also a great idea if you only have a small space outdoors. Herb wall art can be a great idea if you only have a balcony, or a small space in your kitchen.

Photo by hazel.estrada

Garden Art Tips: Adding Color and Flair

Use Height to Create Interest

We all know that using hanging baskets and giving height using plants is a great design idea in the garden. You can also do this with art. Do not limit yourself to just thinking that art should be placed on the ground. You can also place art at different heights. You can suspend it from trees, place it high in a branch or use a hanging basket stand or hook to elevate your art piece off the ground.

Thinking of how you can use height in your garden can work particularly well if you only have a small space. There are specific challenges to working within a small space, but it is a great place to really think about how you can personalize the area with art. Even if all you have is a balcony you can use art to enhance the space that you have. Of course you do have to choose your pieces carefully as you only have a small space to work with, but you can still get really creative if you only have a limited area.

Multiple Pieces Can Work

You do not always have to think in terms of just having one piece of art in a particular place. Collections and groups of items can work really well. Sometimes one piece can get lost, but if you have a collection of similar items together it can really draw the eye. Imagine that you are creating a display on a mantelpiece. You often have similar pieces grouped together in your home, but this design idea often gets forgotten when we think of garden design. Think about how items that you have could work together in a group display.

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Photo by Mickey JT

Decorate Walls and Structures

You shouldn’t just limit yourself to having art within the flower beds and the ground of your garden. You will probably have lots of walls and structures in your garden which could be used to display great pieces of art. You can make that boring shed look like a work of art by letting your imagination run wild. You can paint directly onto the surface or attach art pieces to the structure.

Have a Sense of Humor

You can have a great time decorating your garden with art pieces which are meant to be just pure fun. A garden is meant to be a space where you can relax and enjoy some peace. You can often find garden character art pieces that will make you smile. It can be a great idea to place an amusing character in a slightly hidden place in your garden so that visitors stumble upon them and smile.

Above all you should have fun with garden art. There is no need to have any grand ideas or a huge budget. You just need to have some imagination and ideas of how you can make your garden a more interesting place.

 

 

Photo by Mickey JT

Using Art In Your Garden Without Looking Like You’re Trying

You may have thought that you want to use art in your garden design, but you are not sure how you can start. Using art in your garden is a brilliant idea – but often it can look artificial. You have to get the balance just right so that the art work integrates fully into your garden design and looks like a natural part of the landscape.

Using art in your garden has to be as much a part of the natural design as using any plant. Blending in whilst standing out is the key for most pieces.

Garden Art is for Everyone

Anyone can use art in their garden. Whilst we sometimes just think of grand sculptures in the garden, a project can be handmade and small. The beauty of using art in this way is that anyone can enhance the look of their garden by using small, inexpensive pieces of art. A handmade piece can work really well in a garden, and it would have personal significance to the owner. Art is meant to be fun – so don’t take it too seriously. Just relax and see how you can incorporate your ideas into your own garden design.

Art is Everywhere

You do not need to spend a lot of money to have art in your garden. You can use natural materials which you can find in nature – this will cost you nothing. You can also search through salvage yards or antique stores for interesting materials to use. There are so many possibilities the materials that you can use in your garden. Try to think outside the box to create your own art pieces. This will then add a very unique, personal touch to your garden design.

You can even use damaged items that no one else wants, to create interesting art pieces for your garden. Often there are cracked pots or broken sculptures which are available at a very reduced price. Think about how you could use these in your garden.

Get a Little Weird

Art is meant to be enticing, interesting and challenging. There is nothing wrong with putting a sculpture in an unexpected place in the garden.

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Photo by 2ilorg

You can use salvaged items to create an usual focal point in your garden. Go to the salvage yard and find a great looking door or window frame. You can paint it and position it in your garden so that it draws the eye to a particular point. There are endless possibilities of what you can do with salvaged furniture and fixtures. You can create really interesting art pieces with every day items.

Nature is Art

You can use nature to make your own art pieces. These have the advantage that they will not only easily blend in to the landscape, but also provide visual interest. Some ideas of materials that you can use are sticks, logs and stones. You can have a lot of fun combining these materials to make interesting objects. Let your imagination run wild! You can experiment with these materials to create some great pieces.

 

Photo by Mrs. Gemstone

Special Considerations For Your Living Wall Garden

Once you have decided upon the type of plants that you want to grow in your living wall art piece, you have to think about the actual container that you will grow them in. Be careful!  If you’re building your garden indoors you must be mindful of water.  A recent customer had to fix water damage in Trenton New Jersey after a material problem. There are lots of different designs available to buy. You will need to think about the size of container that you need for the position that you have chosen.

You also need to consider how heavy the wall art will be. This is important as a living piece of art will be much heavier for its surface area than a conventional painting would be. You have to consider the weight of the plants, the soil and the water – so make sure that the size of the container is going to be a good fit for the location, and that it will be able to be hung on the wall without damaging it.

A picture frame design is one of the most popular types of wall art. This has the advantage that it looks great. You can buy one which is specifically for wall art and is pre-made, or you can make your own.

If you want to create your own you will need a picture frame, a shadow box, wire, and some planting fabric. Add your soil to the planting frame and now you are ready to start adding your chosen plants. You then have to leave the frame in a flat position until the plants are established. It should be ready to hang in about 4 to 10 weeks, depending upon the type of plants which you have used.

A picture frame design is more suitable for exterior wall art designs. The reason for this is because they tend to be heavy and they can also be messy. It is one thing getting soil or water on your concrete balcony, but quite another getting it on your light colored carpet. You can use a frame design indoors, but you will probably have to limit it to a small size so that it does not become too heavy and difficult to look after.

You may want to consider using a container type system for your indoor wall art. All you need to do is select a suitable sized container and then attach this onto some wood. You can use brackets to secure it to the wall. Again, you need to make sure that the container is not too heavy. You can also rest the wall art against the wall, rather than actually hanging it directly on to it.

There are many other materials which you can use in your wall art container design. A rain gutter system is particularly popular for exterior wall art systems. Let your imagination run wild – you can use a huge variety of materials to create a unique piece of wall art.

There are endless possibilities for integrating living wall art into your garden or interior design plans. Have fun with it. Once you have created your first one, you will be looking for other ways to incorporate this kind of design into your home. It gets a little addictive!

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Incorporating Wall Art Into Your Interior Design

Most of us have pictures on the wall, but how much thought did we give to actually placing wall art in our home? Too often wall art is very much an afterthought in our interior design plans. Whist it is always a great idea to buy wall art simply because you see it in the store and really like it, if you really want to incorporate art into your home, there does need to be some forward planning.

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Photo by Dushan and Miae

What often happens is that we give a lot of thought to the color scheme of the room. We then carefully pick the furniture and accessories for the room and arrange them thoughtfully. We are really pleased with the result. The we look at the walls and realize that we have given no thought at all to how we can use wall art in our overall design.

However, we really should think about wall art at the very start of working out our interior design ideas. It is an integral part and can be used to enhance the overall design. Wall art should not be an afterthought – it should be an important part of the design from the very start. Here are some of the things that you need to think about when integrating wall art seamlessly into your interior design to create a stunning overall effect for any living space.

Think About Wall Art as The Focus

This leads on from the point that you take your inspiration from the wall art, rather than trying to design a scheme around it. When you start your design you can decide that the focal point is your chosen piece of art work.

The first point that you have to consider in any interior design project is where your focal point should be. One of the easiest ways that you can choose and create your focal point is to use wall art. It is a very obvious device which is so often overlooked, but in so many ways it is the simplest way to start your interior design project.

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Photo by Neromonga

If you decide to make wall art the focal part of the interior design of the room, you need to make sure that you get the scale right for the size of the room. We are talking about a focal point here. It needs to be large enough so that it doesn’t get lost in the scheme, but not so large that it dominates the room and everything else gets lost.

You want to use wall art to draw the eye to the focal point of the room. You should see it as an opportunity to have the perfect setting for your favorite pieces of art. Until you have actually gone through the exercise of making your favorite art work the focal point of your room, it really is difficult to imagine how much easier this makes the whole task of redesigning your room. When you have worked in this way it is difficult to do anything else as it makes the process so much easier.

You don’t just have to use one piece of art to create the effect that you want. A very effective technique is to create a gallery wall. You can experiment putting different pieces together on the wall. They can either be matching or contrasting pieces. It can be a lot of fun working out which wall art works in a gallery style setting. Let your imagination run wild and experiment with putting different pieces together.

 

Quick Tips for Adding Wall Art to Your Interior Decoration

Wall Art and Color

One of the most fundamental ways in which wall art can enhance any room is by introducing color which is complimentary to your overall design palette. There is now an endless choice of paint colors for your walls. This is both a benefit and a curse! Sometimes the choice can just be overwhelming and you can get very caught up in exactly which shade of blue, green, red, or yellow you want. The choices are endless.

Why don’t you try a different approach? You could use a piece of wall art as your inspiration. Instead of trying to fit the wall art to the color scheme which you have already chosen, you could find the art work first and use this as the template for your color palate and design scheme. You can either pick out the dominant color, or chose a number of colors and shades which will fit in with the art.

Use Different Styles of Wall Art

There are many different types of wall art – you do not just have to limit yourself to pictures and paintings. Using different art mediums on your wall can bring an interesting element to your interior design. Think about how you can use wall art to add texture to your room design.

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Photo by somegeekintn

Something as simple as a shadow box design can bring interest and originality to your interior design. You can personalize it with items which are meaningful to you and your family. It can be a great reminder of past vacations or special times in your life.

Wall Art is for Everyone

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Photo by Patrick Hoesly

You do not need to spend a great deal of money on wall art. There are so many different inexpensive art pieces available these days, it really is accessible for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a small space or a huge mansion, you should still give consideration to how wall art can make your space a better place.

The ideal is to integrate your wall art in to your design from the very start, but if this isn’t possible, do not let this deter you from using wall art to enhance your living space. That first studio apartment or room can benefit so much from having a beautiful, interesting or fun piece of wall art. You can choose whatever wall art is within your budget and makes you happy. There are no rules. Just enjoy.

More Art You Can Put In Your Garden On a Budget

Living Wall Art

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Photo by Ruth and Dave

There is no need to live with a boring blank wall, or an ugly garden structure such as a garage. You can decorate it with living wall art. These kinds of structures have become very popular recently. You can cover your wall in plants which are planted in a picture frame. Succulents are particularly good to use in frame structures as they have interesting variations of shapes. This type of garden art doesn’t have to be expensive.

You can have a lot of fun creating garden wall art. The only limit is your imagination. There are plenty of different wall art frames and containers on the market, or you could make your own if you want it to be unique.

Two-Dimensional Art

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Photo by strife

There are many different types of two-dimensional art that you can use in the garden. In recent years canvas wall art has become increasingly popular as a part of garden design. Just choose something that you like and see how you can integrate it into your garden. It can be a simple way to introduce color and interest into the yard. One place which is particularly good is in an outdoor entertaining area, but any area of the garden can be brightened up by the use of outdoor canvas art.

You can also paint designs directly onto structures. You don’t have to live with that plain old blank wall which has no visual interest. If you do not have enough confidence to paint freehand onto the structure, you could try using a stencil. Just use your imagination and you can transform a boring flat surface into a work of art.

Stained Glass

Stained glass can instantly give your garden color and interest. Stained glass has been used for hundreds of years to create visual interest in structures. The most obvious place that stained glass has been used is in churches and cathedrals in Great Britain. However, it can easily be used in a garden design. There are many different designs available so it is easy to find something which will complement the rest of your garden design.

 

 

 

Art You Can Put in Your Garden Without Breaking the Bank

You do not have to limit yourself to just thinking about plants in your garden design. You can incorporate art into the garden, so that you can create your own unique space.

Art has always been used in garden design. Think of the use of stones and sculptures in traditional Japanese garden design – this dates back thousands of years. It isn’t a new principle, but of course trends change over the centuries. The great thing about using art in garden design today, is that there really aren’t any rules or restrictions about what you can do. Just use your imagination and create the space that you enjoy. Here are some of the different types of art that you can consider using in your garden design.

Sculpture

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Photo by Brian Smithson (Old Geordie)

One of the most commonly used types of art structure used in garden design is sculpture. There are so many different types of sculpture available that you can easily find something which is both pleasing to the eye and within your budget.

Always make sure that the size of the sculpture fits well with your garden design scheme. A piece should integrate into the garden – it shouldn’t overwhelm it. The placement of the sculpture is very important. It can either be used as a focal point for your design, or as an accent piece. You can also group different sculptures together. There really are no rules – just go with what you think looks right to you.

Garden Ornaments

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Photo by jitze

Garden ornaments have also become very popular in recent years. They often used to be seen as something which wasn’t used in ‘serious’ garden design, but now they have become incredibly popular with professional designers and homeowners. You can have a lot of fun with choosing garden ornaments.

There are so many different types available. Gone are the days when all you could find in the garden store was a couple of brightly colored whimsical figures! Now there is something for everyone to use to brighten up their outdoor space. Just choose objects that you enjoy.

You do have to give some thought about where to place a garden ornament. It can be used as a focal point, or as a decoration in a particular part of your garden. It can be fun to place an amusing piece just out of sight around a corner, or up in a tree, so that you don’t see it all the time. See what works in your garden. Remember that with small garden ornaments it is easy to move them around, so that you find the place where they work best within your overall garden design.

Tromp L’oeil

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Photo by jitze

 

You may never have thought about using this years old technique to create interest in your garden, but it can certainly help you to create a very unique space. It is a rarely used technique which uses a two-dimensional art piece to create an illusion that there is space beyond that point. It is an optical illusion where the brain is tricked into thinking it is seeing something which it is not. Mirrors are often used to create the effect, but it can also be done with a two-dimensional painting.

The simplest way to create the tromp l’oeil effect is by using a mirror and integrating it into the design. You have to be careful to conceal the mirror so that it blends in with the garden – otherwise it just looks as though you have put a mirror at the bottom of the garden! Ways to do this include planting around the edges of the mirror so that it looks more like it is part of the garden. You can also place a structure, such as a trellis, close to the mirror so that the edges are disguised. If you get the effect right it can create a unique element in your garden. It can even be used in small gardens to create more of a sense of space.