Set a summer scene in your outdoor space

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Summer will soon be here, which means it’s time to get your outdoor space ship-shape and fit for the season.

It’s key to make sure it suits you and your lifestyle. If al-fresco feasts are your passion, opt for a roomy table and comfortable chairs. If chilling’s more your vibe, a couple of sofas and a coffee table will probably suffice.

There’s everything to play for outdoors right now, with a huge variety of furniture and accessories available. Make the most of sunny days with our edit of everything you need to be able to enjoy the great outdoors…

Create a colourful hotspot

Banish conventional white furniture for good and embrace the season’s passion for punchy colour.

“This season, we’re becoming decidedly braver in our outdoor furniture choices,” says Vicky Angell, outdoor living buyer at John Lewis. “Although woven and wooden textures continue to be very popular, we’re seeing an increasing demand for outdoor pieces that inject a ‘pop’ of vibrant colour into gardens.

“Contemporary furniture designs are increasingly in demand, and this trend is personified by our cheerful Salsa collection – a playful outdoor furniture range in six different summer hues,” she adds.

Set a scene with seating

Your patio should be furnished in style, so that there’s a seamless transition from indoors to out.

“As the warmer months make a welcome return, we all remember the simple pleasures of spending time relaxing in the garden. With so many different looks to choose from, you can easily transform your outside space to become a stylish extension of your home,” says Marcus Eyles, buying director at Dobbies Garden Centres.

“Our Refined Coastal collection, inspired by breaking waves and endless skies, is a sophisticated but laid-back interpretation of the nautical trend. A restful palette of pale blues, warm whites, soft neutrals and breezy stripes, which complements sleek, timber furniture and seafarer accessories.

“Generally, there’s a move towards bold multicultural prints and exotic planting reflecting global influences in decor, but the demand for a palette of soft tones and natural materials never wanes.”

Conjure a serene sanctuary

With our time-poor, stress-filled ‘modern’ lifestyles, a special space furnished to our taste, where we instantly feel calm, is an essential – make that a patio area or a secluded corner of a garden.

“More than ever, we’re seeing our outdoor space as a true extension of our homes. With many people living in smaller homes than previous generations, every inch of additional space for entertaining and relaxing counts,” says Vicky Angell. “People are looking for statement pieces for their gardens – from a stunning seat to a pizza oven, or even a Tiki bar.

“Another major trend is accessorising outdoors,” she adds. “Just as we do in our sitting rooms or dining rooms, people are adding those essential details – outdoor rugs, cushions, throws, lanterns and line lights, to make their gardens more comfortable and homely.”

Source: s1homes Ayrshire June edition

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