One thing that has become clear the last few years is whatever size your outdoor space is, it’s no longer good enough to just stick a table and chairs out there with a parasol and call it done.
No, outside spaces have become living spaces in their own right, with people extending their own personal style outside their doors and into their gardens.
A few weeks ago, I pulled together an amazing group of some of the best and brightest in the interior design blogging community to share their summer style. Of the 27 bloggers who took part in the #UKHomeBlogHop, many of them decided to makeover and share their garden designs. There were so many inspiring ideas that I wanted to share some of the best today, proving that garden design can be both affordable and attainable.
Are you ready to be inspired by some of the best UK Interior Design Bloggers? Check out how they are creating living spaces outside and how you can too this summer.
I thought I’d start with my own garden makeover. One thing I was keen to do was really bring the idea of a garden oasis filled with plants and flowers to take me through the summer months.
This metal plant screen from West Elm became a focal point in the pergola, with relaxing chairs perfect for enjoying the early morning sunshine.
Using plants in the garden is, of course, a given, but consider using them to add a dash of colour on decking, pergolas and seating areas, and not just in beds.
Hang them from above or mount them en masse on your walls for an extra bit of colour. You can also mix faux with real plants to create a tropical look – the palm plant is a fake but you’d never know!
Melanie Lissack also created a Miami-inspired oasis on her small balcony, proving that the best things really do come in small packages!
Creating a colourful backdrop, she used a simple bright paint technique to add summer style to her planter and then carried the tropical theme throughout the space.
Use colour and pattern to shake up your patio or balcony with the vast array of garden paints.
Go bold with bright shades or keep it neutral in black, grey or green. Give your fencing, planters or your garden shed a new lease on life and get creative.
One of the best ways to blur the lines between indoors and out is to use items normally used in the home to create comfort outside as well.
Around The Houses showed us how to get cosy with outdoor cushions, sheepskin throws and outdoor rugs to add texture and comfort for those long summer days that turn into evenings.
There are so many outdoor rugs on the market now in so many different styles and colours, you’re sure to find one you love. Rugs help to define your seating areas while adding heaps of style to your outdoor space.
Have an ugly border fence that’s detracting from your garden views? Or perhaps you are overlooked a little more than you’d like?
We saw an array of bamboo screening being used in creative ways to add texture and warmth, as well as privacy, in our blogger gardens.
Dear Designer used screening on her pergola area to add additional privacy to this spot at the back of the garden.
I used it to cover a fence panel that had seen better days in my own garden makeover and Making Spaces (seen below) used it too. Bamboo fencing is an affordable option for cover or privacy and creates a lovely backdrop, no matter what you use it for.
Festoon lighting was also a big trend seen on many of the blogger gardens.
Making Spaces used it to bring life to a small seating area, draping it around her fencing and shed.
Festoon lighting can add a bit of brightness and create a party atmosphere even if you’re just enjoying a BBQ with friends, and will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space long after the sun has gone down.
There were so many great ideas to come out of the #UKHomeBlogHop so you can check them all out here. Which trends will you be using in your garden this summer?
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.