Design: 4 top tips


Design: 4 top tips

Richard Unsworth's keys to designing with pots

The accessories we choose for our rooms add personality, depth and an individuality that all go together to make a house feel like a home. It’s the same in the garden. Pots and planters layer outdoor spaces and add a finishing touch. And of course, in some instances gardens are made entirely using pots and planters, so it’s important to get it right! Here are a few rules we live by:

  1. Go Odd

Choose a grouping of three or five planters of different sizes to create an interesting composition. Vary the heights and the plants – play with different compositions in the store and then select the ones that resonate with you. In  a more formal setting use a pair of pots, then soften the look slightly by using an odd number of other objects.

  1. Repeat

In the same way that mass planting can give strength and structure to a garden, a series of the same three or five pots will create a sense of continuity, consistency and connection over a courtyard or terrace.

Pots and containers finish off an outdoor space

  1. Think BIG

In small spaces avoid using small pots – do the exact opposite!  Bigger is absolutely best.  The play with scale tricks the eye and gives visual drama and form.  Use just one pot, with the perfect plan specimen, to create a living piece of outdoor art.

  1. Consider finish

Pots come in different shapes, colours and textures, so select a finish and style that works with your interior style and your exterior finishes.  It’s a good idea to contrast colour or texture with the surfaces around the pots.  So, if you have lots of smooth rendered walls, select a pot with a finish that stands out from the surface behind – a whitewashed Turkish planter or a wood-fired ceramic pot perhaps.


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