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How to modernise your garden

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Article by Nick Rinylo

Let’s face it, we are all guilty of not giving our gardens as much TLC as they deserve. The garden is easily one of the most neglected parts of any home, but it shouldn’t be!  After all, your garden can say just as much about who you are as a person as any other room in your home. 

Warmer weather is around the corner and you deserve a summer oasis that the neighbours will envy to enjoy with your friends and family. Is your garden looking a bit worse for wear or perhaps you need to bring your garden into this century? Whatever the case, don’t worry! Here are our handy tips on how to modernise your garden.

Set up a seating area

Is there anything better than relaxing in the garden on a warm, sunny day? Well, yes actually there is! There’s no better feeling than having a seating area where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the view of your green haven. Whether it’s sofas, daybeds or poof stools, you can turn your outdoor space into your own private villa. 

Just picture yourself snoozing under the sun in a cosy daybed or curling up with your favourite book in a hanging egg chair… It doesn’t get any better than that!

Just make sure you choose the right furniture. After all, you don’t want to drop all your hard-earned cash on furniture that isn’t made to last.

Accessorise and decorate

Your outdoor space doesn’t have to be stripped back and simple – unless that’s the aesthetic you’re going for, of course. Think of your outdoor seating area as your second living room that just happens to be outside!

Make your outdoor area feel more like home with a charming outdoor coffee table. This will take your outdoor seating area to the next level and provide the perfect spot for impromptu garden gatherings. Plus, you can serve up something yummy without having to worry about potentially messing up your patio. 

And don’t forget! An outdoor rug and cushions will make your space feel even cosier. Not to mention, outdoor rugs make a great alternative to ordinary picnic blankets. Voilà! You have a space that doubles as a living room and dining area.

Jute rug

Small tip for interior design enthusiasts here: choose colours and patterns that match the architecture of your home for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Create a covered quiet-zone

Whilst we all appreciate the hot weather (and a killer tan), the sun can make relaxing tricky. We all need a bit of zen in our lives every now and then. But that doesn’t mean you have to barricade yourself inside with the fan blasting on a scorching hot day!

Parasols are great for providing shade when the weather is too hot to handle (pun intended). After all, once you’ve kitted out your garden with everything else you desire, why wouldn’t you treat yourself to a much needed sliver of shade? Plus, this is a gorgeous way to transform your patio and protect your outdoor furniture. 

Remember, your parasol should fit in the space you have. It’s important to choose a parasol that is the right width and height for your garden. You don’t want your pretty accessory to protrude into your neighbour’s garden or block their light. It’s also worth making sure that your parasol is weighted. That way, you don’t have to worry about it toppling over on a windy day.

Hanging egg chair

Expand your garden with a mirror

Our next tip on how to modernise your garden? Invest in a weatherproof mirror! An outdoor mirror will breathe life (and light) into your garden and make your space feel bigger.

If you cleverly position your garden mirror, you can totally transform and modernise your garden. Best of all, you can hide unsightly cobwebs and bring light to a dark, gloomy corner. This will make an otherwise lacklustre spot the focal point of your garden.

If you want to go the extra mile, paint the mirror frame the same shade as the fence or wall. That way, your garden will look more cohesive and the mirror will really feel like part of the decor. Another top tip on how to modernise your garden: choose a large mirror to inject vibrancy into small outdoor spaces.

Plant shrubs and succulents

Plants really make a garden, well, feel like a garden. So understandably, the idea of having no plants in the garden whatsoever is a big no-no for most people. Having said that, plants can also totally make or break your garden design. Many of us struggle to maintain and regenerate our prized greenery. However, investing in low maintenance plants is the solution!

Succulents have been touted as miracle plants. They are pretty much indestructible and can take a good beating from the wind. Of course, you will need to water your succulent plants in dry conditions. But otherwise, succulents require very little maintenance. What’s more, they can make your garden feel like an exotic paradise. Your guests (and Instagram followers) will certainly enjoy admiring your succulent garden that’s for sure! 

Similarly, shrubs are great plants for those who aren’t budding gardeners. They require very little upkeep and add a touch of luxury to any outdoor area.

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We hope these tips on how to modernise your garden come in handy! If you’re ready to upgrade your garden, contact us today and see why we are specialists when it comes to outdoor furniture.