Get your patio ready for summer with these practical garden decorating ideas for you to bask in the sun in style with your loved ones!
Summer is almost there. Many of us have been counting the days toward our next get-together with family and friends we have been unable to see for a little while.
As the world continues to gently reopen for us to rebuild our social lives and invite family and friends back into our homes, this is the prime time before summer kicks in to revamp your garden to throw in memorable outdoor parties and have enjoyable sit-down conversations.
Whether it’s a garden sofa set, sun loungers, outdoor dining tables and chairs, or outdoor lighting to create a more inviting atmosphere in your backyard, browse through our outdoor decoration ideas to get your patio ready for summer and spend the warmer months in style.
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The Outdoor Sofa Sets
Before you select the right outdoor sofa set for your garden patio, remember to measure your available space and how you want to decorate it for you to create a comfortable seating area that is easy enough for people to move around. Have a clever vision for the exterior colour scheme you wish to create that should complement the rest of your outdoor area and create a sense of cohesiveness between your indoor and outdoor spaces.
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The Lounger and chair sets
There is always a small outdoor space either in the patio, the lounge, the conservatory, the balcony or the swimming pool area that will benefit from a lounger set or a chair set, which allows for more intimate relaxing times for two under the sun. Choose a set that will give you great flexibility in terms of decor accessories that you could easily change over time. Beautifully woven rattan and crafted furniture pieces from sustainable wood sources in timeless chic designs are increasingly gaining in popularity for their durability, as they can withstand the highs and lows of the British summer season.
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Create a mood boosting atmosphere in your outdoors to be able to continue to enjoy your space when the sun goes down, and when your delightful conversations with your loved ones need to carry on in the evening. As you begin to get your patio ready for summer, there are quite a few good outdoor lighting options for you to choose from, based on your decorating style and your energy efficiency goals. String lights are very flexible and affordable options, allowing you to decorate your trees, flowers or walls, and wherever needed as it pleases.
Go for outdoor battery lights, particularly LED lanterns for your courtyards or flower gardens if you want to keep your energy usage down. For a hassle free option, opt instead for outdoor solar garden lights which are available in all shapes and forms.
Outdoor dining tables and chairs
From left to right: Swara Garden 4 Seater Round Dining Set ,Natural Polyrattan & Glass – £ 499 – Made.com I Rive Droite Bistro Set, Small in Lemon – £140.00 – Garden Trading I Porto White Outdoor Table And Rosa Mustard Yellow Dining Set – £725 – Danetti I Yuri Garden Dining Chair, Multi Woven Pink – £ 149 – Made.com I Yuri Garden Dining Table, Multi Woven Pink – £ 249 – Made.com
Bring your close friends and family members together for an outdoor lunch, an afternoon tea, or al fresco dining over a summer weekend. This will help revive the spirit of joy in your hearts and reignite a sense of community in your life, reminding you all how precious time spent together matters and ought to be cherished.
Whether you choose to invest in a space-saving bistro set, a sleek rounded dining table with chairs, or a stylish outdoor rectangular table in crafted wood or stone such as a smooth-to-touch concrete with benches, go for pieces that will last for many seasons.
Outdoor Pots and Planters
Flowers and plants tend to thrive in their natural habitat – the outdoors. Add a little touch of elegance and glamour with a gorgeous assortment of pots and planters to elevate your exteriors’ decor. Stylish durability here is a must, because the options you choose to go for to get your patio ready for summer ought to be able to withstand all seasons, especially the colder months.
Decorative plant stands, crafted in steel or in wood from sustainable sources, are great to display your collection of small plants, flowers and herbs both indoor and outdoor.
Metal troughs with their timeless oval shapes work well to create a slightly bigger garden herb and floral arrangement outdoors, and they make excellent instant window boxes. Planters made from steel, stone, or fibre clay, making them heat and frost resistant, are fantastic to show off your best botanics, particularly the larger ones.
From left to right: Abura Metal Chimenea, Black & Brass – £ 169 – Made.com I Sacha Reactive Glaze Decorative Stool, Turquoise – £ 69 – Made.com I Layla Indoor/Outdoor Cocoon Bean Bag, Multi Striped Braided Weave – £149 – Made.com l TheRugsStoreUk Outdoor rug, Patio Rug – from £85.99 – Etsy I Way Cushion – EUR 95,00 – Ferm LIVING
No garden decoration is complete without the right accessories to inject your personality into your outdoor space. Add pops of colour in your outdoor cushions, pouffes, rugs, stools, and trinkets to bring summer holiday vibes to your patio. Select high quality low-maintenance accessories which are easy to mix and match with various colours, textiles and furniture pieces, and which you can easily store away or use indoors throughout the year.
Whilst fire pits will need to be stored away for the next summer, a ceramic stool or a pouffe for example can easily be used indoors to increase seating capacity when you have guests over. Outdoor cushions can be kept in the conservatory for light breakfast or tea moments even during the colder months.
The ultimate summer seats, hanging chairs are ideal space-saving solutions to create a comfortable spot in your garden patio for you to enjoy some tranquil times, reading or just spending time in nature for a boost of vitamin D, whilst wearing your sunscreen (of course).
For those with a bohemian spirit, a chic indoor outdoor hammock swing chair either in cotton ropes or poly-rattan is the perfect place to spend some quality time basking in the sun.
Opt for an indoor outdoor rattan or bamboo hanging chair with a stand instead, if you want greater flexibility to move your chair around in your garden and beyond the summer holidays. A hanging chair with a stand adds a romantic and carefree feeling to any living area and brings holiday vibes to your home all year round.