With ‘isn’t the weather lovely’ chat at an all-time high and an abundance of questionable looking tan lines, the nation is finally welcoming some warmer weather. May is officially #NationalBarbecueMonth, and it's now time to turn your attention to the garden to make sure it’s get-together ready. Whether you're looking forward to World Cup viewings with friends or family gatherings and special occasions; it’s time to get your garden prepped and ready for those long summer nights ahead.
Regardless of the size of the space you’re working with, there’s always room to add a summer flare to your outdoor space. Below, we’ve listed several of the areas you will need to consider when giving your exterior space a seasonal update, and tips on how you can provide your guests with a welcoming, comfortable area just in time for summer.
Get the rustic vibe
Wooden furniture, including tables and chairs, provides the perfect spot for friends and family to enjoy some al-fresco dining. They will look even more authentic and effective if they are homemade, and certainly something for your guests to admire. DIY Pallet furniture is ideal for those after a vintage, rustic vibe and will be a popular option for those following the latest interior design trends for 2018, considering the increased focus on upcycled furniture and pre-loved accessories. The furniture can then be decorated to taste with cushions, blankets and vases until you have the perfect spot for some brunch in the sun. We don't want to be too optimistic but investing in a parasol for the table is not a bad idea – particularly if you’ll have babies or children frequenting the space.
Make the Most of a Relaxation Space
Alongside a dining area, it’s a good idea to create a separate relaxation space for sunbathing, drinks, games and socialising without being confined to the table and chairs. This is more for the comfort of guests, but that doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice on style. Opt for soft furnishings and cushions that are as practical as they are decorative, whilst ensuring they are in keeping with existing themes of décor. Scatter blankets around the area for when the sun goes down and you fancy a bit of stargazing and try to think of any further detailing you can add to make the space as comfortable as possible. Beanbags, candles and fairy lights, will always contribute to relaxed, comfortable setting that can flow seamlessly from chilled sun-bathing to a romantic bottle of wine under the stars.
Set the mood with unique lighting
One of the best ways to create the desired mood for your outdoor lounge space is through well-considered outdoor lighting. Providing a warm glow of cascading light for your guests to enjoy their evening into the night is of utmost importance, and are perfect for when you need some ‘me-time’ curled up with a good book and a glass of your favourite vino. Here at Industville, we have a range of outdoor lights that are perfect for your exterior areas, including our vintage bulkhead lights. These versatile fittings are the ideal complement to both classic and contemporary design schemes, and effortlessly provide an aspect of nautical-themed décor. When used correctly, and positioned strategically, our vintage industrial lighting will accentuate the architecture, colours and textures of your property for a home you can be truly proud of. Learn more about outdoor lighting, check out our recent blog for more tips, here.
Safety doesn’t have to compromise style
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden that is slightly on the larger side, you may wish to place smaller lights near any paths or walkways, ensuring the more vulnerable of your guests are protected from trips and falls. These are often a good way of putting the spotlight on any potted plants you wish to show off and can also give guests a better perspective of the depth of your garden. Additionally, well-lit properties are much less of a target when it comes to theft – the risk of being spotted making their way up the garden path is enough of a deterrent for most thieves! Bulkheads are a great, stylish way to cascade a warm glow over your garden and can be placed on exterior walls to light the way for guests from the moment they enter your garden.
Keep it Au Natural
First and foremost, a garden is exactly what you expect it to be; an outside space for a breath of fresh air and a fabulous spot for your daily dose greenery. Make the most of your surroundings through potted plants, bright and beautiful flowers or, space-permitting, a spectacular water feature! There’s nothing more relaxing than sunbathing to the gentle sound of trickling water for ultimate holiday vibes!
We hope these tips have given you some inspiration for how to transform your outdoor lounge area, and weather-permitting, you have many long and sunny afternoons enjoying the space. If you need further help with anything outdoor lighting-related, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly, passionate and knowledgeable team at Industville, who would be happy to answer your queries!
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