One of the greatest things about summer is being able to spend more time in the garden. Whether you have acres of land, a small oasis or a compact courtyard, get your ready for a causal summer living, endless barbecues, a summer of sunbathing and hosting garden parties. Simple, easy seasonal updates for your garden and patios can make the world of difference to your home, and thankfully, you don’t have to spend too much money to spruce up your garden.
Create a cosy, snug spot in your garden that’s perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the great British summer simply by introducing a new piece of garden furniture, such as a hammock, a bright bench or a wicker loveseat – it’s as straightforward as that. Alternatively, turn your space into an English country garden – the ideal spot for tea parties with friends, a romantic date night, or outdoor dinner parties – by bringing the indoors outdoors and adding vintage accessories. Read on for all the garden tips you need to refurbish up your outdoor space this summer.
Painting garden furniture
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What better way to add some summer ambiance to your garden than introducing bright colours to your garden furniture? Update your existing old furniture by adding a splash of paint, a cost-effective way to modernise and update your garden area. Think hot pink, vibrant orange, bright aqua and yellow hues – highly popular choices to help spruce up your garden – or colours that complement the colours in your garden, however, ensure you choose paint with a formula designed for outdoor use, otherwise your hard work painting will slide off once it rains. A mixture of mismatched, random colours in your garden, plus a natural wooden finish, creates a relaxed feel, symbolic of a French-style courtyard or terrace.
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Your garden is the perfect place to escape to after a long day at work and relaxing away all of the stresses and strains in your life. Create an exciting and inviting space by implementing clever garden lighting, such as colourful mood lighting. Adding lighting and warmth to your space creates an enticing space for yourself, and others, to relax in and escape to, creating an oasis of calmness whilst being surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Add lighting near potted plants and seating to create a welcoming space.
In addition, paper lanterns and fairy lights add instant atmosphere after dark. Use them to line the garden path, guiding your guests to and from the house, or surrounding your patio seating area
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Creating a space with classic, English country style furniture is perfect for adding a touch of charm to a simple patio space, or an expansive lawn too. Wooden furniture is always a good choice for the garden which helps to harmonise with leafy and floral surroundings, producing a rustic look, in addition to wrought iron pieces as well. However wooden furniture creates a more Al Fresco dining experience that is perfect for any occasion and is unlikely to get damaged easily – the perfect purchase. Layer up the furniture with handmade vintage-like cushions, table linen and napkins to create a mismatched look that feels warm and inviting – essentially bringing indoor furniture outdoors.
Create a comfy corner
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Swap traditional garden recliners for a large garden seating area, such as an outdoor corner sofa. “L” shaped corner sofas can be expensive; however, you can create your own using cheap wooden pallets. Add colour by adding a spot of colour – such as painting the wood in bright, bold colours – and adding playful, colourful cushions, blankets and bunting in order to create a relaxed space to chill out with friends and family.
Fill your seating plot with a variety of potted plants – ensuring the flowers are at centre stage – to help with establishing the area and providing height and character. Place potted plants of varying sizes and heights surrounding a seating area or dining table to create a scenic, nature-filled environment, helping to attract wildlife such as birds, butterflies and bees – the spirits of summer.
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If you’ve got a small garden space, such as a small courtyard, transform your space into a refreshing area by adding pieces of cloth from a fence or tree, to create a compact, homely space. Think bold prints, such as an ikat design or bold pattern. You could also create this look using wallpaper during the summer months, to create an entirely unique look. However, if your space is uncovered, it may be wise to remove the paper at night in case of rain.
Furthermore, you can add bold prints through introducing cushions to your seating area, or even a brightly coloured, bold patterned umbrella.