how to create your perfect outdoor space

Creating the perfect outdoor space can be a stressful experience. Do you go for the classic table and chair set or would your guests prefer to recline on soft seating? Are beanbags passé and how many floor lamps are too many?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Our team of design experts is here to walk you through every step of creating your alfresco sanctuary. Or, if you’re the type of person that wants to be pointed in the direction of the sun loungers and left alone to make a decision, we can do that too. You tell us how much or little help you want, and we’ll work with you to make the magic happen.

To get you started, here are our top tips for creating the perfect outdoor space.

1. Give your lawn a manicure

Your lawn is usually the biggest shape in your garden and the first thing that the eye is drawn to. If it’s overgrown or untidy, it doesn’t matter how chic your decor is – the overall effect will be diminished. You don’t need to get the Buckingham Palace horticulturists in; simply get it mowed, remove the weeds and keep it well watered for that Emerald Isle glow.

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2. Pick the perfect pots

It’s always the details that elevate a space, and nowhere is this more applicable than in your choice of planters. Plants create a sense of calm; that zen feeling you get when you sit down in your oasis after a frenetic day. A well-chosen planter can relax your senses with symmetrical lines and neutral shades or create a whimsical atmosphere with understated illumination.

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3. Lights, camera, Instagram

Nothing sets the mood like ambience lighting. Picture the scene: the sun dips low on the horizon of your cocktail party, bathing the garden in warm, natural light. All around you, strategically placed lights twinkle on as they’re triggered by the setting sun, making your guests smile in delight. From innovative illuminating wine coolers to moonlike floor globes and classic lanterns, our selection of outdoor lighting will take your outdoor space from beautiful to bewitching.

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4. Throw some shade

If your space doesn’t have built-in shade, a pergola is an excellent way to create shelter from the sun. Stylish and sturdy, pergolas are a long way from the rickety umbrella canopies from days gone by. Choose from push-up and cantilever versions in a variety of colours, made from durable materials to withstand all weather conditions.

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5. Furnish like you mean it

The final piece of the puzzle is selecting the perfect furniture to complement your newly decorated space. This is the part that often feels overwhelming, as the question ‘what is perfect furniture?’ is in line with ‘how long is a piece of string?’ This is where our team comes in. Using measurements and photographs as well as a general understanding of what you like, they can come up with a comprehensive suggestion that will bring your space to life. They can even jump on a zoom call and you can show them around for a truly personal experience. We have premium outdoor furniture by some of the UK’s top designers, and if you want something truly unique, we can have pieces custom-designed for you.

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