Month: May 2016

Garden Decor Ideas to Get the Most from your Outdoor Space

We take so much care with decorating the interior of our homes, however, the back garden often gets ignored. It doesn’t need to be that way, here are our top tips for decorating your garden to turn it into a relaxing haven, which you can use all year round.

1. Back to Basics

Just like you would with your living room, you need to get rid of all the clutter. Have a good tidy up of your garden by getting rid of any weeds, mowing the lawn and discarding any old garden furniture or accessories that you no longer need.

2. Define your look

English cottage kitchen with comfy armchair and wooden furniture

To make your back garden a true extension of your living space, it needs to reflect your personality and individual style. It doesn’t have to look the same as your living room, but by having the same theme it will truly ensure you can bring the indoors feel, outside. If your home is styled to look like a traditional English cottage, you may want to include quaint furniture with a weathered look in your garden.

View the RHS Garden furniture, which boasts a classic style ideal for the traditional English garden.

3. Focus

Create a focal point to direct the eye, as without a focus it is difficult to draw your attention to one area. Decorating outdoors can be exciting, as there are so many opportunities. Your focal point could be anything from a dramatic ornament, a water feature, or even a tree. If you pick one unique element and design the rest of the garden around it, this will ensure your garden is slowly discovered rather than being swept through.

The important thing to remember is to make sure it works for the style you’ve chosen and the space you are in. Be as bold or as subtle as you want, but a focal point will provide you with a great foundation on which to base your other design elements.

4. Make the most of the natural features

The beauty of the back garden is that there are already so many great features, which you can utilise. Whether your style is modern, rustic, or something in-between, the trick is to make the natural features of your garden work for you.

Do you have a nicely groomed shrub you’d like to show off, but don’t know how? Drape it with fairy lights, to transform it into a standout feature. How about those old trees that need to get some attention? DIY some paper lanterns and make them part of a whimsical backdrop.

Seven colourful, lit lanterns hanging in garden tree

5. Make your garden useful

Garden patio decked out with sofa, colourful cushions and floral materials

A stylish garden is great, but it will be even better if it’s practical too. Especially if you enjoy having family and friends over. If you are thinking about using your garden as an outdoor dining and entertaining area, then you need furniture that is fit for purpose. Carefully consider where you want the garden furniture to go and what you want it to look like.

If you want to create a relaxed feel, then garden benches make an excellent alternative to chairs. For a versatile seating option, you may want to consider Menos pouffes, which can be used for extra seating, as a coffee table, or even a footstool. It doesn’t take a lot to make a space comfortable, cushions and throws will make a great addition to any garden furniture.

6. Get year-round use from your garden

The unpredictable, British weather can be off-putting, but by adding outdoor heaters you can enjoy your garden all year round. With a wide range of outdoor heating available, including traditional fire pits, tall heaters, and electric tabletop heaters, you can enjoy your garden, even when the sun goes down. The Kalos floor standing and pendant heaters feature LED Lighting, allowing you to add warmth and lighting in one go.

Back gardens are often untapped treasures that can be moulded to fit your wishes and needs. All it takes is a little bit of planning and imagination to turn your outdoor space into a haven, as well as a useful extension of your home.