From fusing elegant rattan furnishings with Mediterranean finishes to using the vibrant shades of plants to add pops of colour into your garden's scheme, we reveal this season's hottest outdoor decor ideas.
Spring has finally arrived, and what better way to welcome the longer, warmer and lighter days than spending time with your nearest and dearest in your garden? With the rise of practical outdoor kitchens and relaxing she sheds, we are thinking about outdoor spaces as an extra family room - an extension of our homes that can function as stylishly and comfortably as the inside.
'Research from B&Q has identified that gardens are the sweet spot of British home happiness. 86% of us feel an immediate positive mood boost after investing time improving our outdoor space and 55% enjoy their space much more afterwards.'
As the UK reached it's first heatwave of the year this April (the hottest April in 70 years!), Britons began dreaming of summer barbecues and garden parties unsually early. So we round up B&Q's key garden style trends to help you get your backyard summer-ready.
Bring indoor style outside
Dining al fresco isn't reserved for lunch time picnics only. Enjoy family meals in the summer sun by turning your garden into a sophisticated outdoor dining space.
Opt for claming costal shades such as dusky blues, stone greys and cool neutrals to replicate the soothing atmosphere of the seaside. Use beautiful, durable outdoor accessories including outdoor rugs with fringing, weatherproof cushions and pouffes with subtle geometric patterns and stylish seating solutions.
Embrace the return of the rocking chair
Once seen as a classic and highly sought-after piece of funiture, the rocking chair has fallen out of fashion in recent years after failing to shake off its old-school sterotypes. Typically identified with eagle-eyed mothers watching over their newborns and where the elderly retire to, it seems that the 18th century design doesn't appeal to a modern day family home. However, that's all about to change for spring summer 2018 as we see the rise of outdoor rocking chairs.
These swinging chairs are ideal for lazy afternoons spent soaking up the sunshine with your favourite book. Embracing the return of the rocking chair will help you to create an intriguing and relaxed outdoor scheme.
We recommend choosing a double seated rocking chair like this one above to pair with vibrant cushions and throws - perfect for snuggling up and watching the sunset.
Add a pop of colour with plants
When thinking about garden decor we often rely on outdoor furniture to help build a colour scheme, but what if we looked to our natural surroundings for inspiration instead?
Showing off plants and tools with shelving and smart storage solutions is set to be a big trend for the coming summer. It's all about cleverly displaying your plants, thinking innovatively about using their intense hues to add pops of colour to add interest to your existing scheme. Placing them around your garden in stunning storage shelves with garden tools an efficient way to make use of space.
Welcome the rattan renaissance
Bring the essence of a cosy, classy living room into the great outdoors by choosing palatial rattan sofas that ooze Mediterranean elegance.
Opt for a charcoal hued rattan set like the one above, against the moodly blue cushions, creating a sophisticated aesthetic along with the mix of candle-lit laterns and crisp white hanging lights. This makes for the perfect setting to enjoy a night cap on balmy summer evenings with friends.
Choose raw and rustic outdoor furniture
If you're looking for unique outdoor furniture that embraces natural materials it pays to think outside the box a little. Spring summer 2018 will see the rise in raw and rustic materials to create everyday garden furniture using gabion cages to create stylish seating and dining spaces.
Incredibly strong, low-matienance and weather-resistant, gabion cages can be filled with bricks for a sturdy centre and have more decorative stones added to the outer layer for stylis finish. Top with slabs of varnished wood to finish off the natural look, draping plump cushions and soft throws.
Show what you grow
With many of the green-fingered embracing the idea of 'grown your own', the trend is prompting people to proud of creating their own produce, showing off their fruit and veg instead of neatly tucking it away at the bottom of the garden.
As we see more and more ultra stylish grow-your-own solutions enter the market, spring/summer will see herbs, veggies and other edibles take centre stage with the introduction of modular, stackable growing systems that are smart and practical. Mix and match raised beds and place trellises around exterior walls to add personality to your growing areas.
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