5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space for Summer

Beautiful wooden terrace with garden furniture

Summer is here! It’s the time for evening barbeques, nighttime stargazing, and enjoying margaritas in the sun. As the weather warms up, it’s only natural to want to spend more time outdoors. But what about decorating? Does your garden space need a bit of sprucing up to match your interiors?

With the evenings staying lighter for longer, there’s no better time than the present to turn your outdoor space into a little personal oasis. Here are some of our quick and easy tips to transform your outdoor spaces this summer…

1. Get playful with plants

An outdoor area wouldn’t be complete without plants. They add a pop of freshness and colour to your space, making it more calming and creating points of interest. Don’t feel like you have to follow strict guidelines. It’s okay to play around with different colour schemes, as well as ceramic pots, baskets and planters.

There are so many ways plants and greenery can help bring your space to life. Love cooking? Why not grow your own herb garden, with basil, thyme and mint?

2. Add a quirky rug

Whilst rugs might not be your first thought for sprucing up an outdoor space, they’re actually a fantastic way to add colour, texture and new patterns. Naturally, you’ll need to keep the weather in mind. So, if you do have any covered spaces in your garden – for example, in a summerhouse – then go for it!

Of course, if you live in the UK, you’ll be used to the unpredictable rain spells that come with British weather. Got your heart set on an outdoor rug? Don’t be put off! There are some excellent synthetic materials, such as polypropylene, which can withstand rain and mildew, as well as being fade-resistant.

3. Glam up your seating

Plan on inviting family and friends round for BBQs and garden parties? Then some stylish couches and chairs are essential for your outdoor space.

On the other hand, if you’d prefer a quiet, cosy corner, then hammocks are the way to go! These are perfect for relaxing in the sunshine with a good book, or simply for being mindful in your surroundings.

4. Consider lighting

Who doesn’t love being out late during the summer? It’s the perfect time to enjoy the peace of your garden, with beautiful stars twinkling overhead. Balconies, terraces and patios are wonderful spaces for spending time late into the night.

However, they can become a bit too dark after a certain point. Still, there’s no need to let the sunset chase you back inside. Fairy lights and candles are a magical way to create a cosy, warm atmosphere after dark.

5. Make use of what you have

From social media to design magazines, it can often feel like transforming outdoor spaces requires copious amounts of money. Fortunately, that’s not the case! Chances are, you’ll have some hidden gems around your home that can be repurposed outside. Old cabinets or furniture can be upcycled into eye-catching statement pieces. Meanwhile, glass bottles or mason jars can be turned into lovely decorative ornaments – perfect for displaying plants or fairy lights. It’s all up to you!

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