In a garden the challenge is to make the most of the open air, whilst creating an inviting outdoor space where people feel comfortable and at ease.
Trends Versus Individual Taste
Your home and garden should work for you. Nothing is one-size-fits-all and especially not when it comes to taste. Modern aesthetics and rattan furniture might be more suited to long grasses of different colours staged with taller flowers. For a more bohemian or rustic look, I think you can freely experiment with different heights and colours of planting with spreading herbs to give the garden a relaxed feel.
If you’re into trends then colour is key this season, with rich pigments and colour ‘pops’. Tap into this with a bright block shade, perhaps painting a wall as a bold backdrop. If that’s too much you can paint your old furniture for a quick fix, and a few prominent colourful objects can quickly change the look of a garden.
I really like lush creamy greens - they are very chic in a garden setting and the perfect contrast to summer pinks, yellows, turquoise and orange. My personal taste errs towards charming hodge-podge and I’m a firm believer that with colour, more is more!
The garden is a great place to experiment with your personal style, so invest in key pieces that, with care, will last you many years and build your outdoor space around them. It’s a forgiving place to enjoy trying out new looks, and you can refresh and change the aesthetic with different accessories each year.
Introduce A Colourful Style Statement
Be brave and creative when building your outdoor scene. Bright colours look best in sunlight and choices aren’t as indelible as with an interior wall or curtains.
You can create zones within your garden, as you would with an open living area, by establishing a palette and using different shades for different areas. Make the space inviting with screens of planting around seating areas and cosy arrangements of furniture.
If painting is too much bother then garden parasols and cushions are an easy way to introduce a colourful style statement into your garden. Garden parasols provide a focal point and create an atmosphere of conviviality underneath, they are colour pops without the commitment and upkeep of flowers.
A statement piece is easy to build a scene around with cushions, platters, tablecloths and napkins. You can go as bold as you like with prints and textures, or you can pare the look back with creams and light summer tones.
Care & Maintenance
If you’re going to invest in garden furniture, then be prepared for some upkeep. Take your cushions and garden parasol in at night, or in the rain. Make sure everything is thoroughly dry before storing it, otherwise mildew might occur.
Rattan and wooden outdoor furniture needs seasonal cleaning and oiling with linseed oil, a reputable seller will give you specific instructions for your pieces. Metal furniture needs to be brought in over the winter and may need a new coat of paint every couple of years, a great opportunity to try out a new colour.
From 20th to 24th June, the GROW event will be taking place at the House & Garden Festival, alongside HOUSE Fair, the Spirit of Summer and The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia. Creating an all-encompassing definitive destination for stylish living and interiors visitors can expect an eclectic array of pieces and products ranging from antiquity to present day.
East London Parasol Company
Attributed to Lucy Ferguson, Founder and Director of East London Parasol Company, www.eastlondonparasols.com. Lucy will be exhibiting at GROW London as part of The House & Garden Festival at Kensington Olympia in June.
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