05 Aug 2013
Muddy Wellies 5

With summer well and truly upon us, there has never been a better time to update the garden. From nature enticing water features to lanterns and garden furniture, a few small changes can make a big difference to the look and feel of your outside space.

Install atmospheric lighting

Simple outdoor lighting can change the entire mood of a garden, taking it effortlessly from day to night. Whether you are after the gentle flicker of candlelight, twinkly string lights or a full on alfresco lighting system, there is something to suit every taste and budget.

Fairy lights aren’t necessarily just for Christmas, try lining fences or winding a set of solar-powered string lights around a tree for a warm glow, even after the sun has gone down. Tea lights in pretty paper bags, brightly coloured jars and lanterns are very 2013 and add a whimsical feel to any evening.

Install a water feature

The inclusion of a pond or water feature can not only be an attractive addition to the garden but it will entice a wonderful selection of creatures to the area. Known for its relaxing and therapeutic qualities, a water feature adds a tranquil feel to any garden. A fountain is a wonderful focal point for a large garden whilst a pond can make even the smallest space more attractive, and with so many amazing features to choose from there has never been a better time to get creative.

Take your living room outside

Outside furniture can set the scene for a garden, and choosing contemporary furniture or adding some key vintage pieces can transform the whole environment. All weather furniture which is as ‘at home’ outside as it is in, such as a rattan sofa set, is the perfect way to make the garden an extra summer room. Natural materials such as wicker, wood and bamboo pieces can also enhance the patio area, creating a different look and feel. Using cushions and throws in this season’s must-have shades help to bring the look completely up-to-date.

Add a fire feature

A chimnea or fire pit can heat the garden ready for when the temperature drops. A fire feature is a wonderful way to take the garden from day to night, giving a cosy glow and added warmth, perfect for entertaining. 2013 sees fire bowls becoming an increasingly popular choice, owing to their compact size and decorative design.

Outdoor decoration

Decoration doesn’t have to finish inside the home, with many brightly coloured outdoor paints currently available, feature walls are a fabulous way to instantly update the garden. Interior fashion this summer is all about candy colours, including lemony yellows, soft lavenders, and pretty pinks. Painting trellis, raised beds and benches can add character to the outside area.

Whether you chose to make a few small changes or completely transform the entire garden, summer 2013 is all about adding personality and fun to your outdoor space, making it the perfect spot in which to spend those long summer nights.

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