“The whole idea was for something affordable for a young couple with a bit of style,” explains Elaine. This was the premise for Outside Number 39, the garden design which won Elaine Portch both Gold and Best in Category at RHS Malvern Spring last year. We’re delighted to say it featured DesignBoard composite decking.
DesignBoard Mocha’s colour toned perfectly with the upcycled furniture and finishing touches to the garden
Green Living Spaces is a category that offers ideas of how to make the area outside your back door an integral part of your living space and, of course, vital for this is the ability to walk straight outside; our hypothetical couple stepped out on to DesignBoard Mocha. “I think DesignBoard is a wonderful product – its affordability and practicality,” says Elaine. “And it looks natural. An awful lot of visitors asked, ‘Is it really composite?’”
An added advantage was its ease of use. “The people who installed it found it easy – and easy to clean. When you’re working on gardens, you always make some sort of mess, though you try not to. DesignBoard is easy to brush and wipe down.”
Elaine used a muted colour palette of plants, which ensured they stood-out in the small space
Elaine has a Fine Art training, which she draws on extensively in her garden designs. “It helps to know what colours go together well,” she says. “When designing for every part of the garden, I’m thinking of the relationship between each colour, every element. I didn’t choose DesignBoard in isolation.”
One of the enormous advantages of our composite decking is the variety of shades. “I really liked the range of colours,” she says. “On the garden I designed, there was galvanised steel and Mocha complemented that. It went very nicely with the cedar cladding too – lovely soft, earthy colours.” At the same time, Elaine chose planting – edibles, succulents, and “living pictures” in recycled frames – to tone with the overall design.
Ideal for roof terraces or balconies – DesignBoard Mocha at RHS Malvern Spring 2018
With her theme of affordability, much of what was used in the design was cleverly upcycled. “I used all recycled containers and galvanised old baths,” she says. “The table was from an antique fair.”
In her use of materials, Elaine took a very different approach from many of the other designers we’ve feature and her award-winning design is another example of how DesignBoard composite decking works so well with designs and materials across the board. “It’s certainly something that I would consider using again,” she says.
If you’d like more information on DesignBoard or to receive free samples of our colour range, contact us via the website or by phoning 01753 212950.