British summers are not always renowned for their wall to wall sunshine but we Brits know how to make the most of fluctuating temperatures during the summer months!
And, as a result garden rooms have burgeoned in popularity in recent years and, rather than bringing the outside in, the reverse has happened – rooms are being created in our very own, individual corners of this green and pleasant land.
“Our gardens remain a very popular interest and making our outdoor space somewhere that we can enjoy even more is definitely high on homeowners’ agendas now,” said Jeanette Holmes Interior Designer Yorkshire region. “Such a project does not need to cost a lot of money – all that is needed is a little inspiration and a desire to explore cost effective ways of merging interiors with exteriors.”
Current interior colour trends include navy, coral and ochre all of which work tremendously well against the myriad shades of green in an English garden. In addition, well designed seating and dining areas, lighting and also places for the children to play, make for a relaxing outdoor space which can be enjoyed by all members of the family, young and old alike.
Some ideas include;
Some of the garden grottos and summer houses that are now available are simply stunning! Choose from traditional wooden constructions or go for something more contemporary. Accessorise with this seasons latest colours for a truly magical outdoor room.
Outdoor sofas and comfortable seating are growing in popularity. Rather than opting for a functional table and chairs arrangement look at choosing sofas, comfy chairs, coffee tables and feature pieces to make a real garden statement. There are some stunning hanging chairs, stylish benches and hammock styles to choose from.
It’s no longer good enough to have a barbeque, outdoor kitchens complete with grills, griddles and ovens are definitely top of our most desirable outdoor space list! Sometimes they can be costly, but with a little DIY you could make the perfect outdoor cooking space.
Illumination can make a huge difference to outdoor schemes – even in the height of summer darkness falls at around 10pm. Think lanterns hanging from trees, lights marking your pathways and patios and a way of creating warmth and light combined – fire pits and braziers are perfect but never leave children and pets unsupervised around them. Fake candles – where the flicker of the flame seems real are also readily available.
“The art of creating successful outdoor spaces is to make it just comfy as the one indoors,” said Jeanette. “It has to have somewhere that is warm and cosy, so that even on those nights where the temperature drops, you can still enjoy the fresh air and perhaps a glass of wine or cup of tea whilst soaking up a peaceful summer’s evening.”
Jeanette sums up: “Spending time outdoors with friends and family can be a real opportunity to reconnect and enjoy quality time together. Without distraction from TVs and technology perhaps we could all make this summer the one that we enjoy every aspect of our homes, including our outdoor spaces.”
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