Summer is just around the corner and we can’t wait to get outside and start enjoying the sun, but what if your outdoor space is looking a little dull? If your back garden needs some TLC before you can start using it again, but you’re not sure where to start with the design, have no fear! You can easily create a luxurious oasis at home with some simple touches. Here are just a few ideas…
Colour is crucial
First of all, you’re going to need to freshen up your colours. If the garden itself is looking a little drab, head down to your local garden centre and pick up some larger plants to act as focal points within the space. Then, have a play with some potted plants to be used around the seating and eating areas to make it more appealing to people who come around. You could go with a theme, or simply throw away the rules and go as multi-coloured as you like – whatever makes you feel more relaxed in your own space. There’s no need to go on a big spending spree either, you probably have lots of containers you can use as planters, or just have a play with your current arrangements.
What about those potted plants?
Use the smaller plants you’ve bought to create several miniature terrariums to be hung around the garden, or used on tables around where you sit as centrepieces. If you don’t want to group them together and would prefer to have the ability to move them around as your mood changes, stay away from the generic terracotta pots, and think vintage. Whether it’s old milk bottles and jugs, jam jars or teacups, they’ll look much more interesting and personal and all your friend will want to know how to make their own.
How do I add furniture?
If you need larger pieces of garden furniture, like sofas and dining tables, go for neutral colours that will blend in with your garden. Wicker, wood and stone are the perfect materials to use, and should be more hardwearing. Go for plush seating cushions that will make the area feel more luxurious, and add a glass top to any tables for that contemporary edge. These bigger pieces of furniture may cost you a little more, but if you go for this type of style it should last you a lot longer. For smaller pieces of furniture, go for wrought iron chairs and tables in smaller areas that will withstand the elements.
Time to decorate
Remember that colour you picked right at the beginning? Now you get to bring it to life! Start looking for extra cushions, throws and outdoor rugs that will make your outside space feel like your living room. You can co-ordinate with the flowers you bought, or go for a summer theme, and buy funky floral patterns and tropical prints. Don’t rule out hanging artwork either – these days you can have your family photographs carved onto metal from online stores like Hello Canvas, which is perfect for adding a final personal touch.
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