With the longer evenings upon us and Summer just around the corner, we’ve had a think about how you could spruce up your outdoor space to enjoy an at-home Summer staycation.
With the first glimpses of Summer finally on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to give your garden a tidy up. Making your garden a place you want to spend time in is important so you could follow these simple steps to spruce up your garden.
- Remove weeds, rake leaves and mow the lawn
- Use a high pressure cleaner to clean any decking or paving areas
- Give your garden fence or shed a fresh coat of paint
- Get the garden furniture out and give it a clean
With hopes of being able to entertain outside over Summer, having a specific area to entertain is key. Think about cleaning or adding a BBQ or a garden kitchen to your back garden and an outdoor table and chair set brings that homely feel from inside, to the outside as well. It also acts as the perfect area for people to gather (social distanced of course).
Illuminate your space
For those darker evenings, adding some fairy lights or candles outside can give your outside space that cosy feel. Hang the fairy lights across trees, along a fence or a washing line to brighten up your space. Or have your lights built in to your paths or patio to give that seamless feel. Lighting is essential if you want to create an inviting atmosphere in the evenings. It also helps to repel those pesky flying bugs.
Also, if you want to be ever so environmentally conscious then you could opt for solar lights or lanterns to keep the electricity bill to a minimum.
Add a fire pit
If you want to add a focal point to your outdoor space, which is both practical and nice to look at, a fire pit is the perfect choice. Tobermore’s Country Stone Walling was used to create the walling, seating and fire pit below and it creates that perfect rustic chilled out vibe you would want for a warm Summer’s evening. It’s perfect for those cooler Summer evenings too when you don’t want the night to end. Combining a fire pit with a seating area means your guests won’t want to leave.
Zone your garden
By having different zones in your garden like an ‘eating area’, a ‘relaxing area’, or a ‘cooking area’ you can really make the most of your space. Add a couple sun loungers to enjoy the summer days and imagine you’re laying on the beach in Spain, reading your favourite book.
Don’t forget the importance of shade
Instead of the usual fight with a parasol or umbrella, why not add something more sturdy and stable in place that can also add some character to your space like a shade sail, gazebo or canopy.
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