It’s time to get creative by making your garden an extension of your home. Blend your snuggly indoor living with the great outdoors to create a whole new space perfect for summer lounging. It really doesn’t take much to transform even the smallest of garden areas into a cosy retreat. Whether you have a balcony, decking, terrace or patch of grass, follow our simple tips to create the perfect luxe chill out space.
Pick the perfect spot
Start by finding the right spot for your outdoor lounge. The first thing to consider is what you’ll be using the space for. Do you need a relaxing chill-out spot or do you like to host garden gatherings? Whatever you're using it for, bear in mind the distance from the house to your space as you’ll likely need to transport food and drink.
It’s also important to consider where the light falls and whether you want to be directly in the sun. A parasol is a great addition to provide the option for both sun and shade. It’s also nice to have an area that’s slightly sheltered to create that cosy ambiance. We advise the end of the garden and focussing on one corner. You’ll likely be sheltered by a fence or hedges giving you privacy and a lovely little sun trap.
Lounge in style
Something comfy to sit back and relax into is the foundation of any living space so make sure you consider how many people you’ll need it for. Sofas and benches are great for providing larger lounge areas, but if you’d still like to expand the capacity you can add in smaller pieces like floor cushions, bistro chairs, deckchairs and hammocks.
Cosy up with home comforts
The key to making it feel like a living space are the soft accessories. Adding an outdoor rug will transform a cold patio into an inviting stylish space and bold cushions are a great way to play with colour. It’s always a good idea to have some cosy blankets handy for when the evenings have a slight chill. Style them out by draping them over the back of a chair.
Turn up the heat
No outdoor lounge would be complete without a roaring fire pit. Aside from the obvious practical benefits of keeping you lovely and warm when the sun goes down, fire pits also create a great focal point. Arrange your furniture with that in mind so that the fire pit is at the centre and in the perfect position to toast those marshmallows.
Let there be light
Now to create the ambiance. Having a candle on the table is perfect for providing soft light as well as gorgeous scents. Alternatively you could dot a few lanterns around your set up to give it extra cosy living vibes. If your space is small, a simple trick to make it feel bigger is to add an outdoor mirror. Not only does it add to the blurred spaces feel but it will reflect the light and give the illusion of a much bigger space.