With summer in full swing, we are spending more and more time in the great outdoors.
If you are lucky enough to have a bit of outside space to call your own, here are six ways to make sure it’s looking its best and maximise your enjoyment on those sunny days and warm evenings.
The first step to making any garden look inviting is to start with a good tidy up. Mow the lawn, prune any bushes or trees that have become a bit unwieldy and remove any weeds. It’s not a fun job (and you can always hire someone to do it for you if you really hate it!) but starting with a nice clean slate means anything else you do simply adds to the effect of a well maintained outside space.
Paint and Refresh
If your wood furniture has seen better days, update it with a fresh coat of stain or paint. Just remember to sand it down first and remove any flaking paint before applying that first coat. With a small bit of elbow grease, they will look like new again! For metal furniture, consider using spray paint in a bright colour to give it a whole new look for the season.
Add some textiles
Treat your outside space the same way you would any room. Consider bringing out some cushions and throws from indoors to make seating more comfortable and cosy and to add pattern and colour to your space. Just remember to bring them inside at the end of the day if they aren’t waterproof or water resistant fabrics!
If you have a larger outside area, then consider zoning it appropriately depending upon what you’d like to do. So a dining area with a table and chairs for entertaining, a relaxing spot in another with a padded bench, a hammock or an outdoor sofa and coffee table. If you want, you can create another area for the BBQ or install a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. Of course, if you want to be a huge hit with your kids, create an area just for them with a sandpit, room for games and a trampoline – just be sure to use a play-friendly ground covering like play bark to keep them safe.
Include some lighting
Festoon and solar fairy lighting are a great way to add a bit of sparkle to any outdoor setting and look especially festive for those summer parties that go into the evening hours. Consider uplighting for architecturally interesting plants or inset lighting in decking for stairs or along pathways to create drama. Of course, you don’t want to forget things like lanterns and tea lights to create a lovely atmosphere once the sun goes down.
Paint it black
The colour black is definitely making waves this year as Scandinavian influences on our décor make their way to the outdoors. Consider painting your garden structures or fencing in a deeper shade to make organic elements like plants and flowers pop against the dark backdrop.
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.
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