The brighter days and longer evenings means we’re spending more time outdoors enjoying our gardens, but what if your outdoor space isn’t quite as welcoming as it could be right now? With the season of outdoor entertaining almost upon us, it’s time to give that patio or decking a little tidy up, ready for you to enjoy it as both the welcoming yet functional outside living area it should be. Read on for some easy to achieve styling and outdoor space ideas…

In a small backyard or patio, make full use of a corner space and create a cosy nook with a couple of chairs or a bench and small table. Up the cosy factor further by scattering a few oversized cushions and wool blankets for guests to wrap around their shoulders if it gets chilly. Keep an eye out in charity shops for wicker chairs that could be prettified for use outside with a lick of paint or a new cushion. Stack up colourful fleece blankets in oversized baskets for easy reach when needed.

wicker chair

Ensure the ambience remains warm and inviting outside even when the sun goes down by draping twinkly lights across a paved patio area or deck. Most larger hardware retailers stock strings of outdoor bulbs or alternatively hunt out your Christmas fairy lights again! Alternatively, hang little lanterns from tree branches or a fence, set a trio of hurricane lanterns of varying heights in a corner or place tealights in old glass jars and colourful votives, dotting them around your patio for a cosy, layered, lighting effect.

outdoor space ideas

Freshen up tired patio sets and wooden furniture with a lick of paint. I really like the Cuprinol Garden Shades range, which features a beautiful choice of muted greys, greens, blues and pinks, guaranteed to give your outside space that French country home feel! I painted my own garden furniture in ‘Coastal Mist’, seen below. Such a transformation from the weathered, flaking, table and chairs we had been used to!

On dry days, dress your outdoor dining set as you would that indoors, perhaps with a basket of lavender or some fresh potted herbs.

patio furniture

Refresh patio pots and planters with a selection of annual flowers, herbs, even ornamental grasses for added interest and remember you can use almost any vessel as a plant pot! Metal buckets, old teapots, wooden crates and biscuit tins can all be planted up for a colourful display; just ensure you drill some drainage holes in the base. I have also spotted second hand ceramic pots on websites like Gumtree and in charity shops, so it’s worth a look around if you’re keeping to a tight budget.

Your outdoor space should be treated as an extension of your home and so the style you choose for it will naturally reflect that seen indoors too. Creating separate functional zones in your yard or garden will make the space infinitely more useable, seem larger and make you actually want to spend more time outside enjoying it – because that’s the whole point isn’t it? Hello, Summer!

For more outdoor styling inspiration, do pop over to the Dekko Bird blog or check out my Instagram feed @dekkobird

Author: Dekko Bird

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