Summer has finally arrived, and we want to embrace spending as much time as possible outside soaking up that sunshine. Whether you’re inviting friends over for a barbecue, the kids are having a playdate, or you simply want to enjoy some alfresco dining, now is the perfect time to refresh your outdoor space in time for the summer. Thankfully, all of these suggestions are quick fixes and will take no more than a quick online order and popping them into position in your garden or patio.
First things first is to sort out the seating. Ensuring everyone has somewhere comfortable to sit is the first point of call. These bold and colourful wicker pieces from Habitat will surely brighten up your space while providing an ample seating area. Plus, they’re not too bulky if you decide to add them to your existing setup, or need to store them somewhere in the colder months.
No seating arrangement is complete without some seriously stylish scatter cushions to rest or perch on. We love this selection available at Arlo & Jacob. Pictured here are the Linen-backed vintage velvet cushions, but they also have a range with pom-poms, and a whole heap of various fabrics to tickle your fancy. Remember these aren’t waterproof, so best to bring them back inside when you’re finished outside (or with any unsuspected downpour).
If you only have a small space, or perhaps just a balcony, have you considered a hammock? Summer really is the only time you can get away with snoozing in a hammock – so why not embrace it? This rainbow outdoor hammock is available from Amazon and is a steal at just over ten pounds. If you have the luxury of a bigger garden space, why not hang it from a tree? The kids will love playing in it, and it’ll leave the “grown-up” seating area free for you.
Now for those long days that turn into even longer evenings spent enjoying a glass of wine, or perhaps a pitcher of cocktails with friends – then some outdoor lighting can’t go amiss. These genius little solar powered lights from Wilko are affordable and stylish, plus you’ll never have to remember to change the batteries – bonus! Line them up along pathways to help guide people in the dark, or place them at the front of flower beds for some atmospheric illumination.
And finally, because this is the great British summer after all, have you considered a stylish and practical chiminea to help warm-up your seating area when the sun goes down, and the temperature has a tendency to drop? This gorgeous offering is made from terracotta and looks superb standing on its black metal base. Use it to keep warm, or help the kids toast marshmallows as if it’s their very own campfire.
How do you like these suggestions for sprucing up your garden or outdoor space? Will you be giving any of them a go?