We don’t know about you but there’s something about the arrival of summer that instantly lifts our spirits, making even the hardest days seem somewhat bearable. Let your outdoor space reflect this sunshine state of mind with a splash of vivacious colour. Whether you’d like to create a sanctuary of calm or the perfect backdrop for al fresco entertaining, we show you how a pop of colour can bring any landscape to life, whatever your budget or style.
Often the focal point of the garden, colourful outdoor furniture provides the perfect talking point (for all the right reasons). If you’re struggling to choose a colour, take inspiration from the hues inside your house to create a cohesive transition from inside to out. As a less expensive option, update your current furniture with a set of eye-catching cushions or pillows – just remember to bring them inside at the end of the day.
Don’t be afraid to use brightly coloured and patterned pots and planters to give your garden an instant lift. Especially impactful at an entrance point (await envious neighbours), potted plants also look lovely along walkways, around the edge of a garden or on the patio. Arrange in groups and plant taller plants in bigger pots towards the back of the group to create a striking display. Pots and planters are particularly useful for adding colour to a space that is otherwise hard to plant in, for example a balcony.
While away the summer days in style with a boldly coloured or playfully patterned garden chair or deck chair; the perfect spot for a Pimms (or two). Easily folded away, it’s worth having a few to hand for those impromptu BBQs and gatherings.
One of the easiest ways to add colour outdoors is by incorporating vibrant flowering plants. Planters and hanging baskets have the power to revive even the most tired and neglected of outdoor spaces. They are easy to move around and can be changed out seasonally to whatever you fancy at the time. Look to colourful climbing flowers to liven up a dull wall or garden fence.
Light The Way
There’s nothing quite like long summer evenings spent sipping wine with friends. Glowing lanterns and candles in statement-making shades will add to the ambience. Cluster them on table tops or line them along the garden path to create an enchanting summer scene.
Summer Served Up
Be sure to make the most of the all-too-brief British summer by dining outdoors as much as possible. Guests will be delighted with delicious lunches presented in colour-popping baskets, platters and bowls.
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