While we’re still craving the scorching summer we had last year, summer is slowly but surely on its way so now’s the perfect time to start thinking about how to style your garden this year. When it comes to styling your garden, think of it as an extension of your interior. Style and comfort are often at the forefront of interior design projects and they should be as much a priority in your garden. We take a look at how you can add essential cosy touches to your outdoor space to really make it feel like an extra room of your home…
Pick a Colour Scheme
When it comes to decorating a room of your home, you’ll spend hours mulling over paint swatches and colour charts to come up with the perfect colour scheme. As an extension of your home, your garden deserves the same treatment. Your outdoor space is a blank canvas and the most important things to consider when picking a colour scheme are the colour of your external surfaces and the colour of your plants. Cool grey-greens work well with warm coloured bricks but if you have an all-white render, you can really make an impact with vibrant and punchy hues.
Garden Furniture That Makes It Feel Like Home
If plain wood and rattan furniture aren’t to your taste, you’re in luck. Colourful garden furniture is having a moment and we’re here for it. Create a tropical paradise with furniture in shocking pink, exotic green or vibrant orange. These bright shades are perfect for bringing summer vibes to your outdoor space all year round. If a relaxed bohemian oasis is more your style, you can give neutral furniture a colourful makeover with vibrant accessories in your chosen colour scheme.
Make It Comfy
You might think your garden looks complete once you’ve got a dining table, a few chairs, and if you’re lucky enough to have a large outdoor space, you might even have a sofa or two. But don’t stop there. Really make it feel like home by recreating the look of your living room. A coffee table or side table is a great addition to your outdoor space and will provide you with an extra place to put your ice cold drinks and books while you relax. A pouf or footstool will complete the look.
Add Some Home Comforts
Comfort is one of the most important factors when it comes to decorating your interior and it should be as much a priority when decorating your outdoor space. Bring the cosiness of the indoors out and style your garden with a few home comforts. Start by adding interest at ground level with an outdoor rug. An ideal way to enhance your outdoor dining or seating area, a rug will make your outdoor space feel more like a room of your home that’s just as welcoming and lived in. And if you have cracked patio slabs or your wooden decking is looking a little worn and faded, an outdoor rug is the perfect solution for covering up those imperfections and protecting the surface from future damage.
Cushions are essential for creating a cosy living space both indoors and out. Layer scatter cushions on your sofa or chairs to bring a pop of pattern and colour to the space. Mix and match different sizes, colours and patterns for a relaxed look. And finish the look off with a cosy throw or two. The perfect way to bring texture to your outdoor living space, you’ll also have something to snuggle into when the sun goes down and it gets a little bit cooler.
Light It Up
Enjoy your summer garden parties long after the sun sets with the warm glow of tealight holders, lanterns and string lights. Cast a romantic glow over your intimate dinner party with pretty tealight holders. For added drama, mix and match lanterns in clusters on your table, patio or path to create a snug atmosphere as the evening rolls in. Illuminating your garden structures will instantly create an irresistibly cosy living space. Create an enchanting setting and add some sparkle with string lights. Draped over a pergola, wrapped around trellis or hanging from a fence, white string lights will add a subtle warm glow to your al fresco living room.