As the weather hots up and we’re spending more time in the great outdoors, it’s time to turn our thoughts to creating a tranquil and inviting al fresco area. However small your space, your garden can become a sanctuary where you can unwind and connect with nature. Let’s look at the key elements and considerations for creating the perfect outdoor space.
Define Your Vision: Before embarking on any changes, take a moment to envision the type of outdoor space that appeals to you. Consider the purpose of the space—is it for meditation, reading or entertaining guests? Determining your vision will guide your design choices. Floral outdoor floor cushion, £120; Bombay Duck Colourful Carnival pouffe, £150; stripe garden rug, £110; stripe garden throw, £75; round outdoor cushion £35; and parasol stand; £250 – all from Joe Browns Cuba Libre collection.
Comfortable seating: This is fundamental to any relaxing outdoor space. Choose furniture that is not only visually appealing but also practical and durable for outdoor use. Options include on-trend egg chairs, hammocks or cosy outdoor sofas. Incorporate cushions and throws for added comfort, and consider placing seating in shaded areas or under pergolas to shield from direct sunlight. Double egg chair, £349 from Dunhelm.
Embrace the power of greenery: Introduce colour, texture and fragrance with a variety of plants, flowers and shrubs – and you’ll be doing your bit for nature too. Wild flower lawns, hanging baskets and climbing plants create a balance between foliage and open areas. The Heritage Meadowmat, from Dobies Garden Centres, is a blend of 22 UK native wildflowers that adapt well to growing in shallow, poor nutrient soils.
Ambient lighting: Extend the usability of your outdoor space into the evening by incorporating ambient lighting. String lights, lanterns or solar-powered fixtures can be strategically placed throughout the garden. Consider installing adjustable lighting options for different moods and highlight specific areas. Core Connect 5m 10 Warm White Connectable Festoon Lights, £26.99, from Lights4Fun.
Emphasise privacy: Strategically position tall plants, hedges or trellises create a natural barrier. Install fences or stylish screens where needed, and explore options like curtains or outdoor blinds for additional privacy. Creating seclusion will allow you to fully relax and enjoy your outdoor space. Filigree Leaf outdoor panel, £85, from Cox & Cox.
Add personal touches: Infuse your home’s personality into your design by incorporating the kind of touches you use indoors. Decorative elements – such as colourful cushions, rugs or outdoor artwork and mirrors – add character and sense of harmony. Tile outdoor rug, from £49, from Dunhelm.
Main image: Metal peacock bench £249, deckchair £99, garden cushions, £25 each, and Colourful Carnival Pouffe, £150 – all from Joe Brown’s as before.