We’re already a few weeks into the start of a brand new year, a time when most of us have begun to put our New Year’s Resolutions into action. And if one of yours is to transform your garden for 2023, you’re in exactly the right place. Here at Bridge Street Stone we take great pride in supplying our customers with quality Indian paving stone in a variety of colours and styles, from riven to sawn, Autumn Brown to Golden Leaf.
So if you’re looking for inspiration to make a change for your outdoor space this year, here are some top garden trends it might be worth keeping an eye on!
Bring the indoors to the outdoors
OK, so we recognise that in the chilly, rainy January weather, this might not seem like the most attractive option right this second. But in the warmer months of the year, we can expect to see a lot more people looking for new ways to spend quality time outside, bringing out seating areas, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits. (In fact, you don’t even have to wait for summer for that last one!)
The attraction to them all is pretty easy to understand – not only are they fun and comfortable options in themselves, but they also open up new ways to spend more time with friends and family.
Designing outdoor spaces into zones has always been a pretty popular method of garden design, but it’s set to take off in a big way this year. We’ve even talked about creating garden zones here on the blog, in quite some detail! It ties in quite neatly to what we’ve just been discussing above, about finding new ways to enjoy your outdoor space – while adults might choose one zone to gather around a fire pit for example, or under a pergola, children can use another zone for playing.
If you’ve got the space for it, then it’s an option definitely well worth considering for your garden. If not though, don’t worry – there are plenty of design ideas for more compact garden spaces!
Encourage greater biodiversity with more flower beds
This has been a particularly interesting evolution to watch over the past 12 months. People have been moving away from minimalist styles of planting, and including more elements like raised garden beds for growing vegetables, giving extra colour and vibrancy to their space.
Another increasingly popular feature involves homeowners bringing in more flower beds and shrubberies to their spaces – all of which is fantastic for promoting diversity. Making your garden more friendly to wildlife is both fun and environmentally friendly, and there’s no shortage of ways to do it!
The top patio colours for 2023
Somewhat ironically, one of the hottest patio colours this year is in fact one of the cooler ones – specifically, a neutral grey shade, such as our Kandla Grey here at Bridge Street Stone.
There’s a good reason for that popularity – it’s versatile enough to fit neatly into a variety of different environments, and works well in both modern and more traditional spaces. It’s also perfect if you’re a fan of the indoor-outdoor trend, which seamlessly blends the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces – ideal if you’ve got a set of bi-fold or patio doors.
Black paving is another strong choice for 2023. Its bold and dramatic look is unparalleled for making a statement with your property, and make a unique impression on visitors and passers-by. No wonder our Kota Black Indian paving is so popular with our customers!
Exploring different colour combinations
Of course, there’s nothing that says you have to use just a single shade of Indian sandstone when you’re revitalising your space. So if you’re caught between two of your favourites, why not combine them, as so many across the UK are already doing? It’s a great way to create a unique look that expresses your own individual styles and tastes, and it can be a particularly effective method of zoning your garden, as we’ve discussed above.
Alternatively, you could use different types of paving for more subtle (but equally stylish) touches. For example, you can use borders and edging in contrasting colours such as Kota Black and Golden Leaf to frame your paving, creating an intriguing final effect. Or you can use a different colour for your garden path to contrast with your main paving area.
Those are just a couple of ideas of course – feel free to get creative! Whatever you’ve envisioned for your outdoor space this year, rest assured that here at Bridge Street Stone, we’ve got the perfect Indian sandstone slabs for you.
Our Indian sandstone is imported straight from ethically operated quarries in India, so if you’re looking to give your patio the perfect upgrade, feel free to give us a call today on 01282 860571 - we’re happy to help!