5 outdoor decorating tips to get you in the mood for summer
Now that the sun has finally got his hat on, here’s how to make the most of it with your outside space.
The short dark days of winter have finally (finally!) said goodbye, so it’s time for us to say hello to the welcome return of sunshine, warmer weather and long summer evenings. This means that you can at last turn your attention to your outdoor space again.
Every season brings with it new trends and fresh ideas, so if you’re looking for ways to spruce up your outdoor area, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 outdoor decorating tips to get you in the mood for summer.
Include touches of tropical
When decorating an alfresco living area, it should come as no surprise that outdoor plants and flowers are even more at home here. Consider new and fresh ways to add greenery to your outdoor space, and don’t be afraid to go tropical with your plant choices. Something like a single palm leaf in a sea-glass vase creates a laidback summer vibe.
For something bigger, go for a full potted palm in a colourful planter, and accessorize with cushions and table runners sporting tropical prints.
Put on your shades (of bright colour)
It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to add some new soft furnishings to your patio chairs or give your front door a fresh coat of paint, this summer it’s all about being bold and bright with your colour choices. Ultra Violet is the hottest shade on everyone’s lips thanks to it being named Pantone’s Colour of the Year, but there are plenty of other summery shades which are currently trending. Consider pink lavender, punchy lime, dusty rose and olive green for positive, welcoming options.
Find your zen
The ultimate goal of your outdoor space is to create a blissful sanctuary where you can relax, unwind and get away from it all. And there is nothing more peaceful than a Zen garden. Originating in Japan, Zen gardens are extremely popular at the minute thanks to the feelings of calm and serenity they evoke. Plus, they’re pretty low maintenance too.
The main design elements of Zen gardens are larger rocks floating on a sea of smaller pebbles, creating the illusion of islands in the distance. Other elements you might include are trickling water and oriental plants.
From DIY rope baskets to simple but effective dip-dyed flower pots, there are endless possibilities for colourful crafts to fill up your outdoor space. Sites like Pinterest are full of inspiration and instructions on how to use your own creative skills to make your outdoor space truly unique. Not only will this elevate the personality of your interior design, it will also give you a few fun-filled summer afternoons indulging your artistic side.
Remember to make a first impression
Sometimes the smallest touches can make the biggest difference, and the right welcome mat or doorway can help your outdoor space make an entrance. Whether your style is nautical, colourful, traditional or avant-garde, find a mat or rug which makes you gravitate towards your outdoor space on those warm summer evenings.
You can even go slightly more over the top with an entrance archway. This could be something as simple as hanging fairy lights, or a complex array of growing plants and hanging ornaments to make you feel at home. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s the perfect reflection of your style and personality.