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Achieving Harmony in Landscape Design: Integrating Decking Seamlessly into Outdoor Settings

by | 04 Mar 24 | Partner Content

In the realm of landscape design, achieving harmony is paramount. The seamless integration of decking into outdoor settings can enhance the natural beauty of the environment while providing functional spaces for homeowners to enjoy. This delicate balance between nature and design is crucial for creating outdoor spaces that provide an ideal setting for relaxation, family gatherings, social events, and overall well-being.

Cohesive landscape design involves careful consideration of various elements. From the selection of decking colours and textures to materials, every decision should complement the existing outdoor surroundings, from plant life to architectural features. Opting for resin mineral composite decking such as Millboard, not only offers durability but also an aesthetic appeal that effortlessly blends with nature’s palette.

Joshua tree cladding decking

Successful integration of decking can be witnessed in various landscapes, each presenting unique challenges and opportunities. From the lush greenery of public parks and gardens to the functional requirements of commercial spaces and the intimate settings of residential areas, strategic placement and thoughtful design can transform outdoor spaces into inviting retreats that reflect the serenity of nature.

To achieve this synergy, homeowners and designers can draw inspiration from nature-inspired elements. By incorporating organic shapes, sustainable materials, and natural colour palettes, decking projects seamlessly merge with the surrounding environment, creating an immersive experience that celebrates the beauty of the outdoors.

We’ve had the privilege of speaking with creative director, Debs Winrow of Garden House Design, who advocates a harmonious approach to outdoor living design projects: “By celebrating the beauty of the environment through our thoughtful choices in materials and design, we love to create spaces that not only function well but also evoke a sense of tranquility and connection with the natural world. Designs and their complimentary products that celebrate the beauty of nature while enhancing outdoor living spaces are essential for creating lasting connections between people and their surroundings.”

The harmonious integration of decking into outdoor settings transcends mere functionality; it is an art form that celebrates the inherent beauty of nature. This sentiment is echoed in the projects exemplified by The Oasis Water Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

In ‘The Oasis Water Garden’, the landscaping experts at Shade Landscapes & Water Gardens crafted a tranquil outdoor oasis featuring a bespoke waterfall network using Millboard Enhanced Grain Coppered Oak decking. The decking seamlessly blends with the water-rich environment, creating a serene ambiance for relaxation and contemplation. The attention to detail and thoughtful material selection highlight the importance of integrating decking seamlessly into outdoor settings, emphasising both functionality and aesthetics.

Kew Childrens Garden, created to encourage children to ‘get up close and personal’ with nature.

Similarly, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Millboard decking was chosen for a new 2.5 acre children’s garden project. Landscape architect Suzie Jewell opted for Millboard decking throughout, to add resilience to the garden’s walkways and play areas, while maintaining natural beauty. This attraction was specifically created to encourage children to ‘get up close and personal’ with nature, so durability was key to project success. Jewell says: “Having previously specified Millboard products on design projects for schools, I knew that I could rely on the range for its durability and anti-slip properties, on top of its natural aesthetic.”

Projects such as these, underscore how innovative materials like Millboard decking can harmonise with diverse landscapes, enhancing outdoor experiences while celebrating the beauty of nature. Achieving this balance in landscape design requires a holistic approach that respects and enhances the natural environment. By prioritising sustainability, aesthetics, and functionality, designers and homeowners alike can create outdoor spaces that inspire tranquility and connection with the natural world. Through this harmonious integration, individuals are empowered to truly embrace the essence of living life outside.

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