Outdoor Improvement

Top Trends for Your Outdoor Living Space this Summer

One of the hottest trends of 2017 has been bringing the indoors outside. As Fulham estate agent, Lawsons & Daughters says, “A good looking garden with some on trend designer touches can add a new lease of life to your home, and they’re great if you’re looking to sell. “

If you enjoy being surrounded by nature but don’t want to compromise on style or comfort, you’ll love these designer tips for bringing the Wow factor to your garden.

Orange– bright, zingy and full of summertime fun, orange (particularly a lighter, tangerine shade) is the biggest colour trend of 2017. Try throws, cushions and accessories if you prefer a more subtle effect.

Fairy Lights– there’s nothing quite like some pretty lights to bring a touch of sparkle and magic to your garden, and there are now more designs to choose from than ever before. From twinkly, Midsummer Night’s Dream stars to paper lanterns and butterflies, fairy lights now come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for creating ambience.

Colourful Rattan Furniture- colour is always a fantastic way to add personality and vibrancy to your garden, and there are lots of trends popping up this year. Woven furniture in bright citrus hues are big news, and although they’re not always easy to find on the high street you can easily customise some old favourite pieces with spray paint and a bit of creativity.

Fire Pits- the Great British weather isn’t known for its reliability, and a cold evening draft is enough to send even the most enthusiastic gardener running for warmth. Fire pits don’t just help keep you warm, they add a great focal point and are now being made in all sorts of interesting and eye catching designs.

Patterned Tiles– this one will take a bit more time, effort and money, but it’s a big trend that’s likely to stay around for a good few years yet. Andrew Reeves suggests, “Go for strong, geometric tiles for a real designer look that can turn your garden into a haven of colour and style.”

Outdoor Rugs and Throws– not only will warm, snuggly fleeces keep you and your guests cosy on those late summer evenings, they also look great on your garden furniture. Think sheepskin, Mongolian wool and fake fur for a decadent, luxurious look.

Pouffes- these have really seen a comeback over the past couple of years, and when you consider how flexible and attractive they can be it’s easy to see why. Use them as extra seating for unexpected guests or simply place a plant pot on top- go for bright colours and strong patterns.

Outdoor curtains– not only will billowing, sheer curtains make your garden look extra pretty, they’re really practical too. For extra protection from the sun, wind and insects, a curtain is a great move. Go for colours, voiles and patterns for a breezy, designer touch.

As Robert Holmes concludes, “You don’t have to spend a fortune to add a designer touch to your garden. Experiment with colour and add a few bold pieces- they’ll brighten up your outdoor space and make it more inviting, and you can do most things on a budget.”

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