With the long Easter Weekend fast approaching we’ve been thinking about getting out into the garden…the weather forecast is looking good and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time outside giving the garden a well-needed refresh after our very wet winter!
Now we’re not just talking cutting the grass and trimming the hedges, it’s a chance to really get your garden space ready for summer. We all know summer brings with it a lot of Barbecues, Socialising, Alfresco Dining and just general ‘garden time’ so the most important thing to do is make sure your outside space is ready for it.
If you’ve got a small patio or even a balcony, think about how you will use it in the summer months, will it just be an added extra for being outside, or will you live out there on the sunny days? If the latter, then getting the right furniture is key – it has to be comfortable. If it is a small space, then don’t clutter with plants and candles, focus on seating, tables and lighting. With a small garden space, you want to keep it to the bare minimum to make the most of the space and most importantly keep it feeling spacious and open.
If you’ve got a garden, large or small then make the most of it – do as much as you can do. If your garden is on the small size you may want to consider an extending table so it can work for you on all occasions. Think of what type of atmosphere you want to create and stick with it. Do you want a casual space with comfy seats or a formal dining space with a bistro set? Whatever is it make sure the pieces you purchase and your garden layout helps to achieve this.
If you’ve got a big space to work with then think about designing a bold outdoor space. How about having an eating area, a play area and a chill-out area – if you’ve got the space, then it’s worth considering as each section can set the scene for what type of activities you have planned. You could even plan a redesign of your garden to make the most out of it and create real featured sections of your garden.
Creating a garden with a summer feel can sometimes be as easy as adding some colour. Think about using some brightly coloured flowers to bring to life small or darker areas of your garden. You can even plan a little ahead with your garden as this is the perfect time to plant bulbs, vegetables or herbs – they’ll be ready just in time for summer.
If nothing else, get out there this weekend and get inspired by the newly blossomed trees and bright coloured daffodils and really make your outdoor space your own for the summer.