Modern garden ideas and inspiration

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Updating your garden can be an exciting project, whether it's for a small backyard space or a large outdoor area. But how do you make your garden look modern? Here are 20 modern garden ideas and handy tips that will help you create the perfect modern garden.

Tips on how to modernise your garden

1. Mix textures and materials

One of the quickest and easiest ways to give your garden a modern look is to combine different textures and materials. Try using wood, metal, stone and plants together to create a unique design.

2. Install outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting has the power to completely revamp your outdoor space. For a modern garden aesthetic, opt for something vibrant and attention-grabbing. Alternatively, consider solar-powered lighting for a low-maintenance and eco-friendly alternative.


3. Incorporate bold colours

Make a statement with bright colours around your garden. Whether you're going bold with your shed or want to transform your garden furniture, opt for vibrant hues to give the space further depth and moments of contrast.

Tip: Try Ronseal's Garden Paint - with 29 colours to choose from you can get the right shade for your exterior space.

4. Use geometric planters

Geometric planters are an easy way to make your garden look modern and contemporary. Place them strategically around the garden for maximum impact.

Credit: @houseno1atno1

Credit: @houseno1atno1

5. Install a pergola

Adding a pergola to your outdoor space creates a beautiful aesthetic and provides some extra protection from the sun. It's a great way to give your garden an added touch of sophistication and style.


6. Decorate with wall art

Decorating your garden walls with art can add a modern look and feel to your outdoor area. Opt for modern, colourful pieces that will stand out against the background.

Credit: @athomewiththemunsters

Credit: @athomewiththemunsters

7. Install decking

Decking is the perfect way to create a modern and stylish look in your garden. Choose shades of grey or brown for a contemporary finish. If you're looking to modernise your existing decking we recommend using Xactly Decking paint for all-year, all-weather protection.


8. Use smart technology

Smart technology is becoming increasingly popular and allows you to control garden lighting, water features or an outdoor sound system from your phone or device. Take advantage of this modern feature for a truly futuristic garden look.

Credit: @our_little_doer_upper

Credit: @our_little_doer_upper

9. Try creative planting ideas

Creating an interesting space with creative planting ideas like hanging baskets, window boxes, and container plants, will help your garden feel unique and modern.


10. Paint walls

Painting walls can add a bright splash of colour to your outdoor area. Choose tones that match or compliment your other garden features for the best effect.


11. Use natural materials

Natural materials can add a beautiful rustic touch to any garden and create a contemporary look on their own or in combination with other elements.

Credit: @ourhome_upnorth

Credit: @ourhome_upnorth

12. Add a fresh lick of fence paint

Painting fences is one of the simplest ways to freshen up your garden and modernise it. To find out how to choose the perfect garden fence colour, take a look at our handy guide.


13. Feature raised beds

Raised beds are another great way to add height and dimension to your outdoor space. They also keep plants away from pests, weeds, and other hazards in the soil.

Credit @the_house_the_plummers_built

Credit @the_house_the_plummers_built

14. Outdoor living room

Creating an outdoor living room is another great way to make the most out of your garden area. Use comfortable furniture, rugs, plants, and other features to bring a modern home-y feel outdoors.


15. Create an outdoor kitchen area

Adding a cooking area or an outdoor kitchen can be a great way to entertain guests and make your garden more functional. Choose materials like stainless steel and stone for a modern look and combine seating with storage for efficiency!

Tip: Find more simple outdoor kitchen ideas in our post.


16. Try vertical gardening

Vertical gardening is a great way to save space and make the most out of your garden area. Wall-hung planters or vertical trellises are an easy way to create this effect.


17. Install artificial turf

Artificial turf is a great choice if you want your garden to look neat and manicured all year round but be easily maintainable; requiring no watering or mowing.

18. Add a fire pit

If you're looking for an outdoor feature that will make an impact, consider installing a fire pit. This will create a perfect spot for entertaining guests or enjoying the outdoors in some of the colder months.


19. Plant a herb garden

Planting herbs is another great way to add colour, texture and scent to your garden. Plus, you can put them to use in your cooking.


20.Don't forget about your lawn

If you've not opted for artificial grass, keeping the grass healthy and well-maintained on your lawn will help give your garden an overall polished and chic look.


There are plenty of ways to create a modern and stylish garden with these ideas and tips. Whether you prefer bright, bold colours or natural materials, there is something for everyone! Start creating your dream outdoor space today with the help of Ronseal.


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