After what seems like a very long winter and a chilly start to spring we are all looking forward to some much-needed sunnier days. When we get one of those glorious hot days, there is no place you would rather be than enjoying your garden and making the most of your outdoor spaces.
It’s not a surprise with garden parties and BBQs a British favourite, and home DIY hacks continuously on the rise that creating an outdoor living space is high on the to-do list. Are you wanting to create a cosy outdoor living space to host friends or chill out with the family? Here are our top ten tips for creating a cosy outdoor living space this summer, starting with the first steps.
Plan its purpose
You don’t want to go all guns blazing and then realise you made a huge mistake with the location or it’s not functional for what you need it for. Our first tip is to spend time in your garden and ask yourself what is the purpose of this cosy space. The three main things you must consider are.
- What’s its purpose? Is it for creating an outdoor hosting space where you can cook, serve and dine? Or is it a sun trap and you want an L-shape garden seater where you can relax and read a book?
- How many people are in your household or how many people would you like it to accommodate?
- Its position in your garden. Do you want it to be near the kitchen so you know it’s easy to carry food to and fro? Do you want it to be in the sunniest position in your garden or where it keeps the evening sun? You most likely want it to be sheltered so consider where it will be protected if we were to experience any bad weather.
Our next tip would be to start with the large furniture. You will be able to determine this after you have considered what you want the space to do. Larger outdoor dining sets or seaters are always such a good investment but consider whether you will be storing them away in the winter. For example, Oak is a lot more hard-wearing than rattan if you don’t have anywhere to store it through the colder months.
You can make the space contemporary with a statement chair such as a hammock. Or many people add mirrors to make the space seem cosy, bringing elements of indoors outside. This is an easy way to accessorize the space and open it up.
The perfect way to decorate this space is with some gorgeous greenery and since it’s in your garden this shouldn’t be too hard. They will lift the space and give it a fresh and airy feeling. Planters are also an easy way to separate areas. You can use large plant pots or planters to corner off an area and add decoration. The Ferm Living planters are a team favourite, contemporary and minimalist aesthetic for a tranquil space.