Having purchased their new house, most people will go to a lot of effort doing up the interior to their own individual tastes, and will spend a great deal of money doing so. Times have now changed so that the outside space is now regarded as being an extension of the home, and as such is somewhere that people would expect to spend a lot of time during the summer months at least. Choosing garden ornaments can help them achieve the look that they are after.
Firstly people need to pick exactly what they want this extra space to be used for. For the majority it will be somewhere to eat, drink and talk with friends and family. This will require a patio or deck. The next thing is something to sit on.
There is a massive choice of different styles and materials, so it is down to individual taste and budget. Some are resilient to be left outside all year round while others will require storage once the season is over. If the outside is intended to be used for meals then a table and chairs will be required. If it somewhere to sit and read or chat with friends then something less formal is probably needed.
When the seating has been decided on then the selection of ornaments can begin. As with the furniture, there is a massive collection of different ornaments to choose from.
There are the well known and familiar ornaments such as bird baths, gazebos, ornamental plant pots and sun dials. Then there are the statues of people and animals, and then there are the magical fantasy figures such as unicorns, fairies, gnomes and mythical beasts. There are of course a wide variety of materials to choose from according to how much the ornaments are going to be exposed to the elements.
Then there is the overall effect that is hoped to be achieved by the ornaments. Some suggest a fun and frivolous area, whilst others suggest a more formal area. Perhaps a mix of the two is desired, just to keep people guessing about the personality of the owner.
The garden gnome is the quintessential frivolous garden ornament, which brings out a like them or hate them attitude in people. Some owners adore their gnomes and name them and attribute personalities to them. They provoke strong feeling in people which is strange for mere ornaments.