Make the most of your outdoor space
We know it can be a challenge to create a weatherproof outdoor space that also brings a smile to your face. Whatever the size and shape of your garden, we’ve collated our top tips to allow you to get the most from your outdoor space.
The season of outdoor living has arrived. From statement dining sets to flexible accessories – it’s time to bring life back into your garden and be ready to soak up that vitamin D.
Think indoor when styling outdoor
To truly embrace the idea of al fresco living, treat your outdoor spaces in the same way you would your indoor spaces. When thinking about style, layer up furniture and accessories including rugs, tables, chairs and lighting to create a space that feels like a room. This way you’ll feel just as home in your outdoor spaces as in your living room.
Invest in pieces that can be used indoors and outdoors
Don’t be afraid to use your indoor furniture outdoors. Wooden stools, portable lighting, side tables and even planters can be used in different settings depending on the time of year to help you create flexible spaces that evolve with you, from day to evening and across the seasons.
Create a feature of your planters
A great way to create a statement if you have limited space, or to introduce greenery to courtyard style gardens – raised planters aren’t just for your interiors. Mix and match heights, colours and styles to create a unique display.
Introducing raised planters to your garden allows you to create maximum impact without major re-landscaping, creating a flexible space that can be easily restyled. During the winter months, these portable style features can always be brought inside, and they are also great for adding a personal touch to rental properties.
Be experimental with mood lighting
There’s nothing more enticing on a warm evening than spending time in your garden after the sun goes down. The right lighting can turn your outdoor spaces into true extensions of your indoor ones, allowing you to make the most of your garden after dark.
Multipurpose, portable lights are a great way to bring ambience to your outdoor spaces easily. With rechargeable batteries that last for up to 8 hours, these lights eliminate the worry about wiring – the perfect way to bring a warm glow to al fresco dinners in the garden.
Whatever style you are looking to create in your outdoor space, colour can have a big impact. Muted or natural tones such as white, black or soft greens work well for a Scandinavian inspired minimal style but don’t be afraid to pick furniture with bold hues either. When released from the confines of four walls, you can be braver with colour without it being garish. Pops of colour can really bring your garden to life.
Make it personal
Think about what it is you want from your garden. Is it a place to read? A place to grow herbs? A place to dine with friends? If you are after a more informal dining experience, long tables and benches might be perfect for you. If you are looking for a garden escape, then why not consider a lounge chair or sun lounger. If you only have limited space, then look for stools, compact tables and flexible accessories.
All outdoor spaces different in size and shape and most importantly should be a place for you, your friends and your family to enjoy. Whatever your style, be it minimal or bold and bright – fill your space with pieces and accessories that show off your personality.