Bringing the inside outside

Gardens, balconies, decks…whatever the outdoor space you have, you want to make the most of it during the summer and make it feel like an extension of your home. Here are some quick tips to make the most of your outside space:

Bring your favourite things into the garden

Style up your garden furniture by adding vases of flowers to your table (cuttings from your own garden are a cost-efficient solution) and candles for the summer evenings (even better to keep the insects away if you use citronella candles). Find old mirrors from inside and attach them to fences to reflect colour and light around your exterior space.

Ornaments or statues are another way to express your personal style. Get creative and make your own with found and reclaimed objects – a hot trend in outdoor upcycling. Hang colourful plates and pot saucers from outdoor walls. Let your imagination run wild and you’ll have a great conversation starter.

Make fire a feature

Fire features have been enjoying a revival lately and there is a huge array available in a range of price points. They add an instant gathering point when entertaining, making the summer evenings last longer when cosying up next to the fire and toasting marshmallows. Make a modern statement with a fire pit, or go more traditional with a chiminea. Ensure you have plenty of seating around your warm centre piece and lots of blankets on hand to make everything extra cosy.

Add pillows and throws

There’s no easier, or economical, way to bring new life to outdoor seating than pulling together a new colour palette in your garden. Update your furniture with pillows in summery hues like citrus brights and swimming pool blues and add throws so you can continue to sit outside in the evening. If you want to add something really special, there are lots of outdoor rugs available that can be added to your seating areas to add pattern and colour. Clever storage for your pillows and throws might be a storage box that doubles as a bench and you can also use shelving and hooks to make the most of your space.

Outdoor lighting

Dot lanterns around the garden to create a magical feel when the sun goes down as well as strings of cheap and cheerful fairy lights. Solar bulbs can be hung from trees and balconies and lights can also be dotted in pots and in flower beds, or to mark out borders and paths. Create a magical feel by twisting a string of lights around the trunks of trees or shrubs. If you have a pergola, you could add an old lantern or chandelier.

Make sure you keep your garden furnishings safe by including them in your home insurance contents. For a free review of your policy, contact your local insurance expert.