So you finally have the verandah you have always wanted, and you love the reality of having a covered area in your garden that is right next to the house, and that you can enjoy virtually all year round.
But does it look exactly as it did when it was first put in?
That might sound like a strange question, but in actual fact it’s worth thinking about because some people are tempted to use the new covered area as a haven for storing things, and that can make it look untidy and uninviting as well.
Cluttering up the area can also make it dangerous; young children don’t tend to make a habit of looking where they are going for example, and if you have various things stacked out in the open they could end up being knocked over.
But there are other reasons for keeping your verandah free from clutter as well. The main one is that if you try to cram too much into the area it will make it look smaller, and it would be less versatile as well. For example, the area may be able to accommodate a table and four chairs quite easily and comfortably, whereas a larger table and six chairs might make it seem cramped and less relaxed looking. This is something you would ideally have to keep in mind before you decide on the size of veranda you are going to have.
But it isn’t just furniture you need to think about in this situation. Pot plants can also be a good idea that can get out of hand if you aren’t careful. Two or three tight groupings of smaller pots can look wonderful and they allow you to introduce several different types of planting around your verandah area that can be changed throughout the year to introduce seasonal planting. But if you continually add new pots of different sizes to the area, you will soon find that you are having trouble negotiating your way around them to get to where you want to go. If you start knocking them over on a regular basis, you need to think about cutting back slightly!
The trick is to get the balance just right. The whole idea of having a verandah added to your property is to give you a nice outdoor space to enjoy, and just as you wouldn’t clutter up an indoor space, you should work to create an outdoor space that feels just as roomy as well.
If your verandah is fairly small but you still want to introduce plants to soften the overall look, consider having wall mounted baskets and just two or three well placed pots on the floor instead of simply relying on ground cover plants. This can make the floor space seem nice and big without having to sacrifice lots of colour at the same time.
In short, if you keep the clutter down your verandah will not only be safer, it will look more inviting as well.