Making the most of your outdoor space


With summer on its way, we want to help you get outside and make the most of your garden or outdoor space – no matter how big it is. We’ve got some tips on making the most of seemingly cramped areas, so you can introduce colourful plants, fragrant flowers, and comfy seating into your space.

Our Summer Living edit is all about inspiring you to put some welly into your garden so you can enjoy al fresco breakfasts, sunny reading sessions, and starry summer nights.

The first step in making the most of your garden, patio or deck, is adding a touch of colour. Whether you love hanging baskets, border displays or a classic sturdy pot, bold blooms add contrast and depth – the ultimate mood-booster!

We love these geranium young plants from Hayloft Plants, which offer six colour varieties in hues of lilac, lavender, rich pink (as you can see in the photo), and white.

Next, it’s time to add some structure to your space. A focal feature like a fountain is always a welcome addition, and won’t take up much space. Plus, the tranquil sound of trickling water will help to transform a smaller (and potentially more cluttered) space into an oasis of calm.

This bronze fountain from Smart Garden features an adorable family of ducks, and is solar-powered, making it a great option for when you’re basking in the sunshine, although it can be used year-round.

If you’re after something a little more rustic, these Plants2Gardens barrels work as planters as well as an eye-catching decoration, making them a great multi-tasking option for the most petite of patios, gardens or decks.

Our last tip for making the most of your garden, is picking functional key pieces that also showcase your personality and sense of style.

Everyone needs a watering can, but why not get one that adds a cheery pop of colour to your shelf or shed too? This Orla Kiely one has an impressive 4L capacity, and it comes in the most perfect yellow shade with cute retro detailing. An easy garden win!

Once you’ve put in the effort to get your garden looking fabulous, you need to set aside a seating area so you can enjoy it.

If you think of your garden in a ‘cup is half full’ kind of way: the smaller the space, the easier it is to create a cosy cubby. Start by buying a simple bench or, if you’re feeling thrifty and nimble, build a corner seating area using planks or wood or stone slabs.

Once you have your frame, throw on oversized seat pad cushions as your base, and decorate with thick throws and smaller pillows to finish.

Taking a mix and match approach using similar colours in different patterns, instantly creates a lived-in, homey feel. From left to right, we’ve used a Kelly Hoppen embroidered cushion, Home Reflections herringbone cushion, Kelly Hoppen rosette cushion, and Alison Cork suede cushion. This line-up offers a great range of all-important textures, incorporating wool, satin, stitching and suede.

Throws are key too, looking elegant when neatly draped on one side, and equally functional when the evening chill hits. Here, we’ve used Cozee Home’s boucle knit design with a chic fabric comprising diagonal stitching and soft bobble-like detail.

Next, decorative ornaments. Go for lanterns, fairy lights and candles. The softer and subtler the glow, the better.

This large Home Reflections lantern boasts a beautiful, intricate swirling, floral design to reveal the light within and comes in a choice of five gorgeous colours. We instantly get a rush of Moroccan inspiration with this piece; perfect for pairing with warm, rich hues of dark wood, spiced candle scents, and carved clay pottery.

As with a lantern like this, it’s good to use one product you’ve fallen in love with to set your theme – especially if you’re overwhelmed by the amount of choice out there. From floral to nautical, once you’ve found your central piece, the rest of your outdoor space’s story will flow from there.

This stylish antler coral piece from Kelly Hoppen is another great example of following one product’s lead. The intricate detailing and striking shape instantly transports you to the sea, while the subtle off-white shade makes it easy to blend into your existing decor.

As you can see, our setting above has followed the coral piece as its direction for furnishing tabletops. By simply placing decorative shells and starfish inside the gorgeous Home Reflections lanterns, the sea theme is stylishly carried through, giving the theme a seamless continuation wherever you look. Customising your decorative pieces is the perfect way to work with all of the space you have.

Head to our Summer Living feature to see more products from the trend.

We’d love to know how you plan to maximise your space and create a cosy nook in your garden this summer. Share your comments and suggestions below!

1 Comment

  1. Bev May 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Looks great could you advise who you purchased the seating pads from.

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